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Alberta Health Services

About AHS

Who We Are

  • Alberta Health Services (AHS) is Canada’s first and largest provincewide, fully-integrated health system, responsible for delivering health services to the over four million people living in Alberta, as well as to some residents of Saskatchewan, B.C. and the Northwest Territories.
  • Alberta Health Services (AHS) has over 110,000 employees, including over 102,000 direct AHS employees (excluding Covenant Health staff) and over 8,300 staff working in AHS wholly-owned subsidiaries such as Carewest, CapitalCare Group and Calgary Laboratory Services. We are also supported by over 14,300 volunteers and almost 10,300 physicians practicing in Alberta, more than 8,400 of whom are members of the AHS medical staff (physicians, dentists, podiatrists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons).
  • Students from Alberta’s universities and colleges, as well as from universities and colleges outside of Alberta, receive clinical education in AHS facilities and community locations.
  • 106 acute care hospitals, five stand-alone psychiatric facilities, 8,448 acute care beds, 25,653 continuing care beds/spaces and 243 community palliative and hospice beds, 2,723 addiction and mental health beds plus equity partnership in 41 primary care networks.
  • Programs and services are offered at over 650 facilities throughout the province, including hospitals, clinics, continuing care facilities, cancer centres, mental health facilities and community health sites.
  • The province also has an extensive network of community-based services designed to assist Albertans maintain and/or improve health status.

Our History

  • Canada’s first province-wide, fully integrated health system, announced on May 15, 2008, by Ron Liepert, Minister of Health and Wellness.
  • We bring together 12 formerly separate health entities in the province including three geographically based health authorities, Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission (AADAC), Alberta Mental Health Board and Alberta Cancer Board. Ground ambulance service was added to the responsibilities of AHS in an announcement from Alberta Health and Wellness on May 30, 2008. The services were moved from municipalities to AHS effective April 1, 2009.

Our Leadership

Our People

  • AHS supports our people by creating a culture in which we all feel safe, healthy, and valued, and can reach our full potential.
  • To accomplish this, AHS has set a clear vision, with a shared purpose and common goals. AHS is committed to developing excellent leadership that will respect, value and support our people and provide the resources needed to work together effectively.
  • Top Employer Awards