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  • work with the community to make decisions about the best use of donated funds.
  • take a lead role in fundraising to ensure resources are available for purchasing equipment and supporting health related programs in the community.





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First phase of renovations complete at local hospital

October 9, 2019


The first phase of a $9.3-million renovation project at the Stettler Hospital and Care Centre is now complete with the construction of a new pharmacy and gift shop, as well as slight modifications to the cafeteria. The hospital’s first two labour and delivery suites are now being built as part of the Phase 2 renovations, which started last month. Phase 3 renovations, to begin in the new year, will include emergency department upgrades, as well as further kitchen and cafeteria enhancements. When the work is done, patients, families, physicians, staff and volunteers will benefit from improved patient flow, increased safety, more privacy and enhanced quality of service.


“It’s so gratifying to see this portion of this important work complete,” says Diane Palmer, site manager of the Stettler Hospital and Care Centre.  “These renovations are significant and will have a range of benefits for our facility and those we care for. Like us, I know the community will be thrilled with the final changes once this major project is complete as it will help ensure we’re able to deliver the best care possible in a safe and functional environment for years to come.”


Funding for the project comes from the Government of Alberta’s Infrastructure and Maintenance Program. 


“This ongoing project will improve the care and services at the Stettler hospital and ensure patients and families have access to modern facilities that place them at the centre of health care,” says Tyler Shandro, Alberta’s Minister of Health. 


“Our government is committed to investing in capital projects like this to ensure Albertans receive quality health services in their communities, hospitals and medical facilities. Thank you to Alberta Health Services and the Stettler Health Services Foundation for working with us to strengthen Alberta’s public health system.”


The Stettler Health Services Foundation, which works with the community to make decisions about how best to allocate health related donations, is raising funds to support the renovations.  To date, the foundation has raised $250,000 for equipment and furnishings for the labour and delivery suites. Now, the group is focused on raising approximately $400,000 for the purchase of emergency department equipment.


The renovation project was developed following input from 18 stakeholder groups – including physicians, staff and community members – who reviewed the hospital’s use of space and identified priority areas for improvement. 


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Pictured in the red shirt is Jerry Michaud presenting a $5000 cheque to SHSF Board Chairperson Leona Thorogood. Jerry made the donation to SHSF in memory of his late wife Gail. Jerry commented that when his wife was in Heritage House and then later in Palliative Care, she was treated so kindly by all the staff. It is his wish to remember his wife with this donation on their wedding anniversary. Also pictured is some of the SHSF Board L-R: Tara Gerlitz, Amy Roberts, Leona Thorogood, Mr. Michaud, Will Brown, Sarah Halverson, Dave Grover, Jack Hayden. In front: Cheryl Barros, Carol Isaman, Tom Campbell






Stettler Health Services’ 2019 annual golf tournament a

Big success despite soggy weather




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Pictured above is L-R the winner of best dressed team - Baby Sharks: Erin Eggleston, Angela Hopkins, Jessica Zoller and Jenna Fraser


Stettler Health Services held their annual golf tournament this past Saturday, June 22nd at the Stettler Golf and County Club.

Seventy brave golfers came out in very wet conditions to help raise money for a very worthy cause – purchase of equipment for the upcoming renovated ER department at the Stettler Hospital.

Cheryl Barros, chairperson of the tournament, commented, “I am amazed and thankful at how our community comes together to support events.

“The conditions were less than ideal but the golf course staff worked hard to get it ready for us and the people came with great attitudes which enabled a fun day to be held by all.

“With the support of the people and businesses of this community we were able to raise $6,500 for the hospital for which we are very appreciative.”

This money will go a long ways towards the ambitious $400,000 goal the Stettler Health Services Foundation has set to fund equipment for the Stettler Hospital which is now going through an extensive renovation.







Pictured with a drawing of the upcoming renovations is (L) Diane Palmer, Site Manager and (R) Leona Thorogood, Foundation Chairperson.


In a partnership with Alberta Health Services (AHS) we will see vast changes to the Stettler Health Care Centre. The Stettler Health Services Foundation (SHSF) has committed to helping with the renovations by funding equipment and furnishings for the Labour and Delivery suite and the new Emergency/Trauma area. While we have raised $250,000 of these funds and set them aside for the Labour and Delivery suite, we are focused now on... expansion and upgrade of the Emergency Room. Stettler Health Services Foundation will be trying to fund in excess of $400,000 of equipment for the Emergency Room.

To kick off this fundraising effort SHSF received a $10,000 donation from Stuart and Judy Marshall. When talking with Stuart and Judy, both expressed the sentiment that they are so thankful for the care and services Stuart has received from the Stettler Hospital.

Like it or not, each of us will access this service at some point in our lives and we hope the new renovations will make the experience meet your needs. SHSF will be hosting their annual fun golf tournament on June 22 at the Stettler Golf Course with all funds raised going towards this project. As well, Festival of Lights 2019 will also support these fundraising efforts.  If you would like to contribute, volunteer or support SHSF in any way please call Leona Thorogood at 403-740-9121.







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Picture L-R: Stettler Health Services Site Manager Diane Palmer, Dr. Pieter Bouwer, Sadie and Jamie Harden


In September 2018 2-year-old Sadie Harden developed flu like symptoms. After three visits to the Stettler hospital, her condition continued to worsen. Dr. Pieter Bouwer made the call to airlift Sadie by STARS to the Stollery Children’s Hospital in Edmonton.

Once she arrived there it was discovered she had HUS (hemolytic uremic syndrome) and was in kidney failure. She spent 17 days in the Stollery and in that time she endured 4 days of blood dialysis, 5 blood transfusions and 4 days of kidney dialysis. Dr. Bouwer was in close contact with the family and the Stollery ICU team. Sadie is back in excellent health due to the great care she received in Stettler and Edmonton.

While in Edmonton a family member set up an online benefit for Sadie. The response of the Alberta Rodeo communities, Stettler and area communities, friends and family was unbelievable. In thanks the Harden family is donating back some of the funds raised: $10,000 to the Stollery Stollerific Program and $14,560.00 to the Stettler Health Services Foundation. The Harden family have also donated in Sadie’s name funds to families with sick children in need of support. 

In the fall of 2018 SHSF purchased a ventilator for the emergency department with funds raised through the Stettler Festival of Lights. This cost $35,000.00. With the money donated by the Harden family SHSF is purchasing modules to add to this ventilator. It will enable the physician to ventilate newborns and children while they wait for STARS to transport to a higher level of care. The other module purchased will monitor the carbon dioxide level for all patients while being ventilated.

SHSF is very thankful to the Harden family for “giving back” to the Stettler Health Care Centre. This summer Alberta Health Services will be renovating the emergency department in Stettler and SHSF will be commencing an ambitious campaign to fund equipment for this program. Watch for further details about the “Affair for the Heart” fundraising campaign.







Ritesh Patel, left, owner of Stettler's Tim Hortons presents a $2,994 cheque to Leona Thorogood, second left, Chairperson of SHSF. Tims raised this money through the Smile cookie campaign from Sept. 17-23 during Tims national Smile Cookie campaign. SHSF will use the money for emergency room and trauma equipment in the Stettler Hospital. Also in the photo are staff from Stettler's Tim Hortons.





Amy Roberts, Chairperson of the Stettler Festival of Lights Committee is happy to announce that this year's total raised at the weeklong event held at the end of November is $109,558.00. There is still donations coming in so it's hopeful that we will top $110,000.00 at the end of the day. This brings the 21 year total raised by the Festival of Lights for the Stettler Health Services Foundation to $1,160,646.00.

Amy stated "Thank you doesn't seem like enough to say to our volunteers and sponsors. The generosity of this community is always overwhelming. We were able to surpass our goal of $85,000 for upgrades to the palliative care room, family room and comfort care room across the hall in the Stettler Health Care Centre.  Now we can fund new equipment in the soon to be upgraded Emergency Room department. Because of this community's support we have a viable hospital with an Emergency department."







Rochon Sands gets Automated External Defibrillator

From 2017’s Festival of Lights Funds






Last year’s Festival of Lights raised $101,232. This helped buy an Automated External Defibrillator (AED) machine for the Rochon Sands community. This machine will be housed in an external heated box outside the Rochon Sands Community Hall for use by the entire community in case of emergency. The AED machine cost $1,250. Festival of Lights funds will also pay for CPR training for the Rochon Sands community in the spring and training on the AED machine.

According to Amy Roberts, Chairperson of Stettler Festival of Lights, the event, over the last 20 years, has raised $1,051,088. Last year's money helped buy: a Stryker Power hydraulic cot and LUCAS 3 Chest Compression system for the district ambulance; 19 Accumax mattresses for acute care at the Stettler Hospital; a ventilator for the ER department and an Automated External Defibrillator for the Rochon Sands Community Hall.

Festival of Lights is celebrating its 21st year with a number of activities. On Dec. 1 is the Dine, Dance and Auction Gala with the theme of Denim and Diamonds. Area residents are invited to to dress up in their favourite denim and wear their best diamonds. Tickets went on sale Oct. 9 at Wish Kitchen and Gift on Main Street Stettler.



Clarity on hospital renos

Dear Editor,

Thank you for covering the exciting news of the renovation project for Stettler Hospital and Care Centre.

We wanted to provide some clarity and additional information on the project.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) shares the Stettler Hospital Foundation’s excitement about the phased project, and we look forward to continuing to work with the foundation to move the project forward.

As with many renovation projects at AHS facilities, the funding for the renovation project comes from the Infrastructure Maintenance Program (IMP).

AHS, Alberta Health and Alberta Infrastructure work together to identify which renovation projects will receive IMP funding.

Renovation of priority areas of the Stettler Hospital will be completed in phases over the next three years, with AHS receiving a total of $9.3 million in IMP funding.

The Stettler Hospital Foundation has committed $250,000 for part of the project.

They have also committed to doing more fundraising, for which we are extremely grateful.

Projects are prioritized based on feedback from site administration, staff, and the community, including foundations.

Eighteen user groups were engaged to review the current use of space and priority areas identified for improvement were the Emergency Department, Labour and Delivery and the facility’s kitchen.

This project has been undertaken to meet AHS’ priorities of increased access and improved quality of service.

It will achieve improved safety, access and flow, and privacy and confidentiality, for the benefit of patients, the public, physicians, staff and volunteers.

Existing space will be optimized for best value and renovations will mitigate patient impact as much as possible.

To achieve this, renovations will be completed in phases: Phase 1 starts near the end of 2018 with the cafeteria being reduced to half its size. The cafeteria will be reworked but will continue to be operational while undergoing renovations and construction of a pharmacy.

Phase 2 starts in early spring 2019. This is the construction of the Labour and Delivery department.

Phase 3 starts late 2019/early 2020 and includes the Emergency Department renovation which includes a new entrance in front of the building which improves the emergency department’s visibility, accessibility, security and workflow.

A new kitchen will be completed last.

Allan Sinclair, Senior Operating Officer,

Alberta Health Services, Central Zone

Stettler Hospital (Terri Huxley/ECA Review)





This year's tournament was held on a cold and blustery day - June 1, 2018.

Fifty golfers braved the elements to have some fun and support local health care.

Funds raised were close to $4,000 which will all go towards upgrading the

Stettler Hospital's ER department and Labour and Delivery Suite.




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The ‘Ninja Turtles’ team participate in the Stettler Health Foundation’s Charity Golf June 1. They are, from left, Kim Connon, Red Deer nurse, Sarah Halverson, Stettler nurse, Tricia Wagner, Stettler nurse, Deacon Barclay, 11, and Katie Waine, Stettler nurse. (Lisa Joy/Stettler Independent)





Stettler Hospital pharmacy staff participate in Stettler Health Foundation’s Charity Golf June 2, including, from left, Charlotte Chase, Megan Simon, Angela Bigney and Kim Salmon. (Lisa Joy/Stettler Independent)


 Heritage House Receives Generous

Donation of an Electric Piano

From the Everett Family




The Everett family recently donated an electric piano to Heritage House Extended Care at the Stettler Health Care Centre. Bernice was a recent client at Heritage House and sadly passed away. Bernice's family very much appreciated the staff that looked after Bernice and to show their appreciation donated this electric piano for future enjoyment of all the clients at Heritage House.






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The Stettler Festival of Lights 2017 is in the books and the total achieved is $101,232.00.

This brings the 20 year total to $1,051,088.00 raised in Stettler and area for health care enhancements.

This amount will increase in the next few weeks as more donations and Tribute Tree donations are still coming in.

The Festival received a giant kick start with the Byemoor Hutterite Colony donating a pony that was auctioned at the Stettler Auction Mart in June and numerous buyers buying and reselling the pony to the total funds raised of $15,797.00.

This year’s funds will purchase a hydraulic cot and automatic chest compression unit for the district ambulance; 19 upgraded mattresses for the Stettler Health Care Centre, an automated external defibrillator(AED) unit for the Rochon Sands Hall and a ventilator for the ER department at the hospital.

The Festival of Lights committee is grateful for 20 years of Stettler and surrounding communities supporting their endeavors by donating, buying and coming to their events.






Stettler Festival of Lights 2017

Purchases important piece of equipment




Stettler Regional Fire Department

September 26, 2017 ·


During last night's practice Firefighter/Paramedic Mark Ratch introduced us to the The LUCAS® chest compression system. This system delivers high-quality, Guidelines – consistent impressions in the field, on the move and in the hospital. In this picture our test dummy, firefighter Justin Tanner, was used to demonstrate the ease of deployment without the compressions, of course!

This unit was purchased with funds provided by Stettler Festival of Lights 2017.


Generous Donation from the

James Scheerschmidt Estate

Funds projects at Heritage House






Stettler Hospital gets Essential

 Instruments Worth $35K





Seen here, from left, Gail Peterson, Lesley McDavid, Site Manager Diane Palmer, Mary-Jane Jackson, Kelly Greenwood, Sue Peterson, Amy Roberts and Griffin, Barbara Lynn Goodwin, and Suzanne Bond. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO


(From Stettler Independent - August 3, 2017)


Stettler Hospital has two new trays of laparoscopy instruments for use in the operating rooms. The Stettler Hospital has two new trays of laparoscopy instruments, thanks to the Festival of Lights 2016. The instruments are for use in the operating rooms at the Stettler Hospital and came at a total cost of $35,000.Besides the funds invested from the annual Stettler event, Festival of Lights, there were numerous generous donations from community members, which made this possible.






June 2017

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We would like to take a minute to say a HUGE THANK-YOU to a group of awesome donors! Byemoor Colony organized a pony auction in support of our Stettler Festival of Lights Committee.

The total funds raised was - - $15,797.04!!!!

We've been able to put these much needed funds to use right away!! They are being used to purchase 19 Accumax VPC Mattresses to replace existing mattresses at the Stettler Hospital (Acute Care)


Please help us by thanking the following sponsors:


1. Byemoor Farming

2. Castor Farming

3. Donalda Colony

4. Donna and Lloyd Larsen

5. Erskine Farming

6. Gadsby Colony

7. GT Hydraulic

8. James and Marilyn Abel

9. Linda and Guy Walstrom

10. Lone Pine Colony

11. Red Willow Farming

12. Schwartz Home Building Center

13. Silver Spring Colony

14. Stettler Auction Mart

15. Suncrest Farming




$10K Donation from Farm Credit Canada

Helps Newborns at Stettler hospital


A $10,000 donation from Farm Credit's AgriSpirit Fund has helped the Stettler Health Services Foundation purchase a new piece of equipment to help newborn infants in a medical setting.

Diane Palmer, site manager at the hospital, met with hospital foundation Treasurer Tom Campbell and Farm Credit's Lowell Befus and Tina Wraight on Wednesday, Oct. 12, to showcase the resuscitation warmer, a.k.a. panda warmer, used for newborn babies.

The panda warmer, which is one of three owned by the hospital, has a heat lamp, health monitors, and several tools to help doctors to treat newborn babies, especially those in medical distress.

"All newborns end up (on the panda warmer)," Palmer said. "But the specialized units built into it are for resuscitation."

The two older units owned by the hospital aren't anywhere near as mobile or functional as the new one, according to Palmer.

"Every donation brings us closer to our goal," Palmer said, explaining that while grants from the province help with capital costs, like repairing or modifying the physical building of the hospital, equipment purchases are made through money received from grants, donations and fundraising, like the $10,000 cheque cut by Farm Credit.

The money is necessary to bring Stettler's hospital closer to cutting edge, as it's quickly becoming a central and eastern Alberta hub hospital.

"Thirteen years ago, we had six physicians (at the hospital)," Palmer said. "Now we have 13."

Surgical procedures are increasing at the hospital, and thanks to donations that have helped the hospital upgrade equipment over the years, the hospital is one of the only ones east of Red Deer that can do cesarean sections and epidurals during labour. This means the hospital draws people from as far away as the Saskatchewan border for births.

"We have about 200 births in the hospital every year," Palmer noted, a high number for a community the size of Stettler.

"The part I like to hear about is that (the donation) helps the labour and delivery ward," Befus said as he examined the specialized table.

In addition to being able to keep newborns warm and read vitals, the table rises and lowers to help physicians and nurses tend to the newborn, is equipped with specialized tools and has a special slat for x-ray plates so the baby can be x-rayed without leaving the table.

To date, the Affair of the Heart fundraising campaign run by the foundation has raised roughly half-a-million dollars for upgraded equipment at the hospital. Palmer and Campbell said to upgrade everything on the hospital's list would cost about another million in contributions from the foundation – the remaining costs are picked up through grants and government funding.

"Farm Credit believes in its farmers and rural communities," Befus said. "We're glad to support the hospital."




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