The strong commitment from Band leadership and Health Commission staff has resulted in a first class health organization that makes a difference in these communities. Dedication to program objectives has meant improved health status, reduction in disease rates, and a healthier and happier community. Positive staff that works as a TEAM provides the opportunity to move forward continuously striving to accomplish more, and that drive from within is what makes our communities winners.
Fifteen years ago the Bigstone Health Commission embarked on a number of exciting and innovative approaches to the delivery of health services for their communities:
New program plans and facilities were necessary to meet the needs of the First Nation that serves 6 communities which are dispersed throughout northern Alberta
- A major expansion to the facility in Wabasca was completed in 1998
- A Professional Centre was also built in Wabasca to accommodate a Pharmacy, along with Medicaland Dental clinics.
- A mobile dental treatment trailer was obtained from the Alberta rural dental program to serve the communities of Trout and Peerless Lake.
- Bigstone Cree Nation also applied for and received authority to operate a pilot project within the Non Insured program areas, which was eventually expanded to include all NIHB programs.
- An Elders Lodge was also constructed, and opened its doors in January 1999. The home provides a much needed servicecomponent for the local residents.
- A jointly used facility was developed for Calling Lake in which the health commission plays a major role.