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Health Ministers meet in Lloydminster

In what is being called a significant move towards strengthening health care collaborations, ministers from Alberta and Saskatchewan and their respective MLAs visited Lloydminster.

Saskatchewan’s Minister of Health, Everett Hindley was joined by Tim McLeod, Sask’s Minister of Mental Health and addictions along with Colleen Young, Lloydminster MLA.

From Alberta, Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Mental Health and Garth Rowswell, MLA for Vermillion-Lloydminster-Wainwright were in attendance. Mayor Gerald Aalbers and members of council were also in attendance to share their perspectives from the local level.

Aalbers thanked the ministers for their visit and their ongoing commitment to improving healthcare services in the region.

“Tuesday’s discussions are a testament to our shared dedication to enhancing the well-being of our residents and surrounding communities,” said Aalbers in a news release on Tuesday.

The tri-party meeting focused on critical health initiatives and strategies aimed at improving health services in the region. LaGrange says residents deserve high-quality, accessible health care services regardless of the provincial borders.

“We will continue to seek improvements to service delivery and access to information to support positive health outcomes,” LaGrange said.

The Lloydminster Hospital, which serves an area of roughly 180,000 people was a key talking point. Local officials are seeking an updated facility needs assessment and a long-term capital plan.

A review of the 2021 bi-provincial memorandum of understanding was at the top of the discussions including issues impeding the effectiveness of it in advancing local healthcare priorities.

These initiatives and plans aim to ensure local health-care infrastructure meetings the growing needs of the population.