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Welcome to Stettler Health Services Foundation


Stettler Health Services Foundation was established in 1998

to enhance health care services through funding for

equipment and programs in Stettler and surrounding




The role of the Stettler Health Services Foundation is to:


  • 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.









Stettler Hospital getting $10 million renovation



Leona Thorogood of the Stettler Hospital Foundation presented a delegation to council to give an update on the Stettler Hospital & Care Centre renovations.

The Foundation’s received $10 million towards a large hospital renovation almost immediately after the NDP government formed in 2015.

“Lots of that was due to the fact that the Foundation, on their own dime, did a study and pushed a lot of right buttons and made people take a look at how Stettler was a viable option for both the operating room and we supplied the board with a number for the labour and delivery room,” said Thorogood.

The government found Stettler to be a viable option for the amount of people served and the close proximity to Red Deer once they viewed the facility.

There will be three phases of the renovation: labour and delivery room (LDR), ER, and kitchen facility done by one engineer.

Both the LDR and ER will be done roughly at the same time, while the kitchen will be pushed to another year.

They are hoping to begin ‘ripping apart’ the hospital by November or December with a temporary ER set up by December.

The hospital’s pharmacy will be moved so the space will transform into the two LDR rooms.

Ambulance bays will be shut down but an entrance will still be made available. A plan to keep the ER constantly running despite the renovations is in place.

The new ER will have one private room, eight stretcher bays, five chairs and two trauma bays.

“If you have ever been in the trauma room, you know that you can barely swing a cat in that room. It’s because of the size of equipment and everything else. They actually have to put the stretchers in at an angle so with this new room it will be a huge improvement to the health care for those that are receiving medical care,” said Thorogood.

Stettler Hospital’s gift shop will also be moved. That remaining room will become a part of the new ER.

Across from the gift shop is an admitting room which Thorogood considered a ‘waste of space’ as it is hardly used.

Nurses can look forward to a new nurse call system. It necessitates a huge wifi server room which will be shared with the gift shop.

Stettler Hospital (Terri Huxley/ECA Review)

As for the kitchen, it will be a third-year project. The construction company will be building onto a facility for the kitchen located in the parking lot between the hospital and the ambulance bay.

The kitchen will be abandoned as half of it will become the new pharmacy while the other half will be dedicated to much-needed storage space.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is looking at enhancing rural hospitals. Stettler has been submitted along with one other area for an extra two days of OR services.

“They recognize the ability of Stettler to be able to handle the OR because when Red Deer had the floods and Diane [Palmer, Stettler hospital manager] was able to allow Red Deer surgeons to come over here, pick up the OR’s that they needed and actually found that they could complete more procedures here than when they could in Red Deer because of the efficiency of Diane,” said Thorogood.

Geriatrics may become a long-term goal but not for the current project. The Foundation and Stettler Hospice Society may be looking to the council for more political support in the future.

Council thanked Thorogood for the presentation.

“It means a lot to us,” said Mayor Sean Nolls. “The hospitals are really vital to the community. It’s so important I can’t even put it into words. Without that hospital – the vitality of that hospital – we wouldn’t be where we are today so thank you.

“I know we talk about the rec centre all the time and it’s important but the hospital is more important than the rec facility and you guys do it so selflessly.”





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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.









Stettler Festival of Lights 2017



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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.



Sue Peterson, Stettler Festival of Lights

Chairperson named Stettler's Citizen of the Year




Pictured is co-nominator Amy Roberts, Sue and Betty Birch, co-nominator.

Sue was recognized by the Stettler Board of Trade recently at their annual banquet and awards ceremony as Stettler's Female Citizen of the Year for 2017. Sue is a long time volunteer in the community. Her accomplishments are:

  • Sue is a member of the Stettler Health Services Foundation which enhances health care services through funding for equipment and programs in Stettler and surrounding communities. She has been a member of the Festival of Lights fundraising committee for 20 years, the past four as Chairperson. This committee has made close to one million dollars for improvements at the Stettler Health Care Centre.
  • Sue was the Inbound/Outbound Exchange Student Coordinator for the Stettler Rotary Club for several years. She coordinated the arrival and departure as well as hosting of international exchange students for the local Rotary Club.  For this commitment, she was awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship – the highest recognition given in Rotary.
  • She was involved in the Stettler Music Festival for several years as a board member and as a speech arts coach.  She continues to volunteer at the Music Festival and has prepared welcome baskets for visiting adjudicators for many years.
  • She sang with a local choral group Just Friends and continues to sing with Cantus Choir.  She also directed a local women’s choir – Voices in Time, for several years.
  • Sue is a member of the Stettler United Church and has volunteered to serve on the local church board and various sub-committees. She has also organized church music concerts and performed as a vocal soloist.
  • During her teaching career at Stettler schools Sue organized a breakfast program at the Middle school and volunteered many hours of preparation for that program.
  • As a parent of two involved boys Sue was always involved in parent councils at every level of her children’s education.








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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Stettler Hospital & Care Centre, Bag 500, Stettler, Alberta T0C 2L0
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