Urgent care a community priority

The community’s pursuit of an urgent care facility has seen its fair share of ups and downs

Proud Supporters - MP Blaine Calkins and Mayor Sean McIntyre could be seen at Tim Hortons handing out smile cookies on Tuesday morning as part of the weeklong smile cookie campaign. Over 2

Proud Supporters - MP Blaine Calkins and Mayor Sean McIntyre could be seen at Tim Hortons handing out smile cookies on Tuesday morning as part of the weeklong smile cookie campaign. Over 2

The community’s pursuit of an urgent care facility has seen its fair share of ups and downs over the years, but through the fight, one fact has remained clear — that Sylvan Lakers aren’t going to rest until they receive better access to emergency health care.

Earlier this year, news was received that funding would be provided for the sought-after facility, prompting community-wide celebrations as stakeholders began planning the next steps forward.

With the election of a new provincial government, however, uncertainty once again prevailed, and the Sylvan Lake and Area Urgent Care Committee began contemplating ways of getting the issue back onto the table.

The result — a highly successful golf fundraiser that brought in over $27,000 for the cause, proving urgent care was still at the fore of community members’ minds — where it remains today.

Urgent care has since been identified by both members of Sylvan Lake Town Council and Innisfail-Sylvan Lake MLA Don MacIntyre as the community’s number-one lobbying priority.

And Sylvan Lake isn’t alone in the fight.

Along with the many individuals and businesses who have generously supported the cause, several municipalities surrounding Sylvan Lake — who stand to benefit from the existence of such a facility — are also backing the pursuit.

But it is ongoing, and as such, it needs the community’s ongoing support.

Visit sylvanlake.ca/urgentcare for updates, and find out how you can play your part.

– News Staff