Ground breaks on new Community Health Centre

(Left to right) City of Lacombe Mayor Grant Creasey, Alberta Health Services’ Kimberly Sommerville, Site Manager Dale MacDonald and Project Director Jessica Pell of Tricon Developments break ground on the site of what will be the new Community Health Centre at 4580-46 St. on the east side of Hwy 2A on Tuesday morning. Ashli Barrett / Lacombe Globe

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All of Lacombe’s community health services will be moved under one roof in the not-so-distant future.

On Tuesday morning, Alberta Health Services (AHS) along with the City of Lacombe and Tricon Developments Inc., formally broke ground at 4580—46 St. – the site of what will be the new Community Health Centre for the city.

“It’s very exciting,” said Kimberly Sommerville, AHS area manager for Lacombe and Bentley “We’re bringing together all of the different services that function within the community. Home care, public health and mental health services will all be housed in one building instead of two separate ones in Lacombe.”

It’s been a project that’s been talked about for years, but is now finally being realized with the current facilities becoming more cramped as the community continues to grow.

At present, the three different aspects of health services are split between two different facilities in Lacombe – mental health at 5033 52 St. (Parkland Place) near the Lacombe Memorial Centre and public health and home care services at the Lacombe Community Health Centre  on the other side of the block at 5010 51 St. (Provincial Building).

When the new 17,000 square-foot facility opens, not only will there be more treatment space for home care and public health clients, there will also be more efficiency in caring for patients as the different departments and areas can collaborate more readily.

“These will be the same services that are currently being provided by the community centres right now. With home care, they have people come in for treatments – infusions, wound care, that sort of thing. Public health is your immunizations,” said Sommerville. “So the same services will be provided out of one centre, but with opportunity for growth of those services as the community grows.”

The project is expected to be completed within the next 12-18 months.

Until move dates are finalized, health services will continue to be provided to clients without disruption at their current locations. Once dates are set, programs will be moved in phases to the new facility.

It is not known at this point whether the move will open any immediate employment and staffing opportunities.

Project details are still being finalized.

The Community Health Centre will also kick-start new development on the east side of Hwy 2A and allows the City of Lacombe to officially repurpose the Provincial Building in its entirety.

“It brings much needed development to this side of the community. It’s going to be especially convenient for families and seniors as well to have all their health supports and needs under one roof,” he said. “It’s going to be great for the community for sure.”

Jessica Pell with Tricon agreed.

“AHS will be a great anchor tenant. I think it will really help get everything else started over here.”