Our Impact on Healthcare in Cold Lake

We’ve Been Busy. Here’s How We’re Enhancing Healthcare in Cold Lake.
Hearts for Healthcare is on a mission to enhance healthcare in Cold Lake for all our community
members. Since 2009:

We’ve raised

$1.86 Million

to enhance healthcare in
Cold Lake

We’ve attracted

10

new physicians
to the area

We’ve purchased over

$1,000,000

in healthcare enhancing
equipment

Physician Incentive Program

Thanks to our Physician Incentive Program, we’ve attracted 10 new physicians to the Cold Lake area. Started in 2010, this program provides new physicians with $20,000 to assist them with relocation costs and practice costs. Physicians must sign a three-year contract to practice in Cold Lake.

Are you a general practitioner, family physician or healthcare specialist looking to work in Canada?

Learn more about our Physician Incentive Program and what Cold Lake has to offer

How Does Physician Recruitment Work?

Physician recruitment is a core focus of Hearts For Healthcare and we work diligently to bring healthcare professionals to our local area. The process of recruiting a physician is often complex and requires collaboration with many stakeholders and government organizations. Here’s how it works:

  • 1

    Need Identification

    Alberta Health Services (AHS) must identify the need for a physician
  • 2

    Specialist Determination

    Once need is established, AHS must determine which specialties that doctor should have. For example, the need for a family doctor who also specializes in anaesthesiology
  • 3

    Candidate Qualification

    AHS communicated this need to Medical Affairs. Medical Affairs advertises the position
  • 4

    Invitation to Candidate

    Qualified, interested candidates are invited to Cold Lake for a site visit where they meet local physicians and tour our hospital and clinics with a vacancy
  • 5

    Hearts for Healthcare Engagement

    H4H engages & hosts a meet and greet to promote our community and provide information on our Physician Incentive Program and the City of Cold Lake Physician Loan Program
  • 6

    Candidate Decision

    Ultimately, the decision to accept a position to practice in Cold Lake rests in the hands of the candidate

Jessalyn Weir
Family Physician in Cold Lake
Hometown: Regina, SK

My name is Jessalyn, and I’m a family physician in my first year of practice in Cold Lake, AB. I was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan, in a family of five. Growing up, some of my best memories revolved around camping in the prairies over the summer months, and skiing in the Rockies over the winter months. I had a strong passion for learning from a young age, and knew I wanted a career where the learning never ends. I decided to pursue a career in medicine, starting with undergraduate training at the University of Regina in Kinesiology. I eventually went on to graduate from University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine in 2016.

Learn more about how we’re improving health care in Cold Lake.

Are you a physician? Learn more about our Physician Incentive Program.

Facility Enhancements

Thanks to our fundraising initiatives and the generous donations of local residents, we’ve been able to purchase or help fund life-saving equipment for the Cold Lake Health Care Centre and our local community.

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Ambulances

We’ve been proud to assist our community with the purchase of 3 new ambulances. An investment worth $100,000!

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MaxiMove Patient Lift

Providing patients with safer and more comfortable experiences when being moved. This investment helps to support patient care in our community. 

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Facility Improvements

Improvements include the ER Staff Room/Lounge, 3 Mental Health Offices, a 2-Room Palliative Care Renovation project, and Hospital Lawn Upgrades. 

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Cardiac Monitors & Heart Telemetry System

We put our hearts into healthcare, and we want to make sure others can have healthy hearts. We’ve had the pleasure of using the generous funds donated by supporters like you, to fund two different cardiac monitors and a Heart Telemetry System worth more than $135,000.

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Birthing Bed, Fetal Monitor & Panda Warmer

Our children are our future, and at Hearts for Healthcare we care immensely about our maternity wards. With these three enhancements alone, we have been able to contribute more than $71,000 to our health centre and our community. 

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CT Scanner

Our largest investment to-date, the purchase of the CT Scanner in partnership with AHS amounted to a $250,000 investment and an expedited equipment purchase timeframe. We are incredibly proud to have this critical piece of equipment in our community. 

Major Equipment Profile ECG

MAC 5500 HD ECG System | $16,279 Investment (2017 Quote)

This ECG system will give the Cold Lake Healthcare Centre Emergency Department the ability to share cardiac event data in real time with Cardiologists in the city because it will be wirelessly connected to the province-wide MUSE electronic recording and filing information system.

It is much faster, more detailed, more accurate and lighter than the one we currently use that is not able to connect to the province-wide system.

This is just one way we’re enhancing healthcare services in Cold Lake

Community Healthcare Advocacy

As a not-for-profit and not a hospital foundation, Hearts For Healthcare is consistently collaborating with key partners to enhance healthcare in Cold Lake. We collaborate with:

Alberta Health Services
Cold Lake Health Centre
Clinics & Practitioners
Our community is at the heart of everything our organization does.

Cathi Garon | RN CCRN, Site Manager, Cold Lake Healthcare Centre

“Working with the Hearts For Healthcare team has been one of the privileges of my career. They are an amazing group of talented people who have devoted hundreds of hours of volunteer time in their community and they do it for love of their fellow citizens and to improve health outcomes in our area. Every time a potential physician comes to Cold Lake, Hearts for Healthcare steps up in a grand way … Hearts For Healthcare has allotted dollars to help new physicians get settled into the community and start their practice. And Hearts For Healthcare has purchased hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of state-of-the-art medical equipment so that patients here get the very best care.

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Apply For Funding

Are you a member of a local healthcare facility? Do you require funds to purchase life-saving medical equipment, enhance your existing facilities or deliver important staff training? Find out how we can help you.

Application for Funding