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We are pleased to announce that Lakeland Credit Union has donated a 3D Complete Home Theatre System to our annual Hearts for Hospital Gala.  The package included a 55" Smart TV, 4 pairs of 3D rechargable glasses, blue-ray theatre system and skype camera. Tickets are on sale now at a cost of $10 each.  The draw will take place May 5 at the gala.  You can purchase tickets at Lakeland Credit Union or contact Theresa Nickel at 780-812-4663 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Plans are well underway for the 2012 Hearts for Hospital Gala. It is being held once again this year at the Energy Centre in Cold Lake on Saturday, May 5th.

Tickets are now on sale. Be sure to get yours early, as last year's event sold out! 

Tickets are $60 per person or $480 per table. They are available by contacting Theresa Nickel at 780-812-4663 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also purchase tickets at the Cold Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce at 780-594-4747.

Thank you Cold Lake for making the Hearts for Hospital Gala our most successful fundraising event year after year!

Mission & Vision


Who we are 

Our Mission

Leading the community to achieve best in class healthcare through informed dialogue, inspired volunteerism, and innovative thinking.


Our Vision

Leading Community Health Excellence


Our Goal

To work together to enhance and enrich the quality of healthcare in the region.


Hearts for Healthcare is a registered charity, running separately from Alberta Health Services administration and governed by a volunteer Board which employs an Executive Director and professional events staff.  Building and maintaining relationships with local physician/medical staff and stakeholder groups as well as provincial and regional partners are foundational goals of Hearts for Healthcare.                             

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January 12, 2012


New CT scanner to improve diagnostics in Cold Lake

$1.2M unit gives physicians clearer picture of cancers and cardiac disease

COLD LAKE — Local residents will benefit from better access to state-of-the-art diagnostics with the arrival of a new computed tomography (CT) scanner at the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre.

Installation of the $1.2-million scanner — used to detect many different cancers and to aid in diagnosis of cardiac disease — gets underway this month at the Alberta Health Services (AHS) facility. The unit is expected to be operational by April.

Community Medical Director Dr. Siegfriedt Heydenrych says the new machine emits up to 40 per cent less radiation and delivers clearer, superior-quality images when compared to the current scanner, installed in 2003.

“The new CT will improve detection rates and diagnosis of certain conditions such as tumours, as well as help with the monitoring of certain cancers being treated,” says Dr. Heydenrych. “Physicians will be able to more clearly visualize anatomy to deliver more informed and accurate diagnoses.”

The new scanner will do about 3,200 scans per year, the annual demand in Cold Lake, to further improve the level of service AHS provides here, says Shelly Pusch, Senior Vice President for AHS North Zone.

“We’re investing in leading-edge equipment throughout the North Zone, including in Cold Lake, so residents can get high-quality care right in their own community,” adds Pusch. “Cold Lake’s new CT scanner will provide local residents with the highest quality diagnostics for years to come.”

Hearts for Healthcare raised $400,000 — including a $150,000 donation from Cenovus Energy — toward the new CT scanner. AHS covered the remaining cost of the scanner.

Greg Sylvestre, chair of the community-based group, says a new CT scanner has been a top priority for his organization for more than a year.

“The fact that we were able to help make this happen is so rewarding,” says Sylvestre. “All of Cold Lake should feel proud. We know it will have a direct and positive impact on the health of our residents.”

“Residents of Cold Lake and area worked hard to raise funds to support AHS to purchase this equipment. Community support like this is an important part of meeting health care goals,” says Genia Leskiw, MLA for Bonnyville-Cold Lake. “Investments in updating equipment in our health care facilities ensure the health care needs of the community are being met.”

The Lakeland Communities Health Advisory Council, one of 12 provincial volunteer groups that promote dialogue between communities and AHS, advocated for a new CT scanner.

“This will be a great addition to the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre,” says Robert Brassard, a member of both Lakeland Communities Health Advisory Council and Hearts for Healthcare. “It’s also an excellent example of Alberta Health Services listening and responding to the needs of our communities.”

Advancing technology to provide better patient care is among the goals outlined in the 5-Year Health Action Plan, jointly developed by the Government of Alberta and AHS, and supported by the province’s stable, 5-year funding. Improving CT scans is also an important part of the provincial stroke strategy.

Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than 3.7 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.

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For media inquiries, contact:

Mark Evans

Alberta Health Services


Michelle Schurman

Hearts For Health Care



Newsmaker of the Month

Meet our Newsmaker of the Month


  • Who: Jennifer Skiba Rawlake, 27, Physiotherapy Assistant, Cold Lake Healthcare Centre
  • What: Received the Sunrise Award from the Alberta Rehabilitation Council
  • When: November 4-5, 2011
  • Where: Shaw Conference Centre, Edmonton
  • Why: Three of Jennifer’s co-workers nominated her for the Sunrise Award, given to a therapy assistant with at least 5 years of experience who excels at their job. Jennifer’s co-workers praised her ability to work with a variety of clients in a number of different settings including surgical, acute care, orthopedics, long-term and seniors care, and conducting pool therapy sessions. They noted Jennifer’s pleasant attitude and ability to get things done, even though the department is dealing with staff shortages. They also stated that she is often “one step ahead” of everyone else in prioritizing tasks and can often be found doing the jobs that everyone else puts off.

“I would just like to thank my co-workers for nominating me. It’s a big deal, it’s pretty special,” says Rawlake, who was born and raised in Cold Lake.