$850,000 donation helps advance care in Sylvan Lake

SYLVAN LAKE – Installation of a new digital radiographic X-ray unit at the Sylvan Lake Advanced Ambulatory Care Service is now complete and local residents are now benefiting from the new technology.

The new unit reduces the need for patients to travel to larger centres, and improves the speed, accuracy and efficiency of diagnosis and treatment.

Funding for the equipment came from an $850,000 donation from local residents Stephen and Jacqueline Wuori, who partnered with the Sylvan Lake and Area Urgent Care Committee to coordinate their gift.

“This generous donation from the Wuori family is a testament to the strength and compassion of Albertans,” said Devin Dreeshen, MLA for Innisfail-Sylvan Lake. “I’m impressed when innovative thinkers work together to bring advanced health equipment to our communities, ultimately building a strong and healthy Alberta for years to come.”

Unlike the facility’s previous X-ray machine, the new unit has the ability to perform image stitching, which connects multiple X-ray images together to create one high-resolution image. This is especially beneficial to patients with scoliosis and those in need of orthopedic surgery on a knee or hip, as local and area patients no longer have to travel to Red Deer or Olds. 

“This new technology will reduce the time it takes to gather images and send them to a physician for review,” said Valerie Thompson, Area Director, Lacombe, Ponoka and Red Deer Counties.

“That means patients will receive results sooner than with the previous machine.”

About 900 X-rays are performed monthly at the facility.

Due to mandatory public health measures, a formal grand opening event won’t be held.

The Sylvan Lake and Area Urgent Care Committee raises funds and accepts donations for the purchase of medical equipment for the Sylvan Lake Advanced Ambulatory Care Service. The service opened in 2018 and offers treatment for urgent, non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses.