|Site Manager Jordan Koch in the new ER isolation room|
In a recent interview Pincher Creek Health Centre Site Manager Jordan Koch said he very happy with the progress of the emergency room (ER) renovations to modernize the old circa 1981 ER. Other areas of the health centre are being used for ER services during the renovations. "The work is moving along very well, it's on time, and I would cautiously add, ahead of time," said Koch. He estimates the new ER will be open for use in less than a month. "There will be ongoing minor work, but as of our last meeting, that was our goal." Koch is quick to acknowledge the contributions from the community, local government, sponsors, and Alberta Health Services. He expressed appreciation for the dedicated work of Windy Slopes Health Foundation, who have been working toward this goal. "I would say over two years ago now, they took it (fundraising) on. This ER has been on the drawing board a long time now. It's up to date and meets standards of care, and that's important."
|New ER main area|
|Wash up area (T. Gillespie photo)|
Koch estimated the hospital employs anywhere from 100 - 150 staff, including health professionals, public health, administration, maintenance and independent contractors.
|Pincher Creek Health Centre|