April 25, 2023
Health Minister Jason Copping has announced the Government of Alberta’s funding commitment towards the redevelopment of Bethany Care Society’s Bethany Calgary care centre. Bethany will receive $57 million in capital funding in 2024-25, as part of a total $114 million investment over five years, for the Bethany Calgary Redevelopment Project to construct a modern seniors’ residence featuring 420 private continuing care spaces.
This new seniors’ residence would replace the Bethany Calgary auxiliary hospital and will be built on the existing property, which is already zoned for the proposed use. There will be no loss of system capacity throughout construction, and residents will remain in their current homes during redevelopment on the site. The new continuing care home will also support Bethany’s campus of care model that encompasses physical environment, social connections, health and wellness services and partnerships with community.
Located in Hounsfield Heights/Briar Hill, Bethany Calgary is one of the oldest care centres in the province. The site is home to more than 400 long-term care residents with differing levels of medical support and accommodation needs, including younger adults with disabilities and individuals with dementia.
“We are very excited to see Bethany Calgary included in the budget as part of government’s plan to strengthen health care,” says Jennifer McCue, President and CEO, Bethany Care Society. “Our organization began at this site in 1945, and it’s where we continue to offer exceptional care and services to residents and families. This affirms Alberta’s commitment to transformation in continuing care and we look forward to working with our partners in government and community to lead the way in Albertans aging well.”
Bethany Calgary will be revitalized to deliver a modern and purpose-built environment for the people who make Bethany Calgary their home. Comprehensive community engagement will take place over the next year, to ensure Bethany Calgary continues to be a good neighbour and valued part of Hounsfield Heights/Briar Hill and surrounding communities.
“Throughout our history, Bethany Care Society has been recognized as an exemplary provider of long-term care locally and provincially”, says Dr. Al Kryski, Board Chair, Bethany Care Society. “We have done so at Bethany Calgary for over seven decades. We want to continue to serve the Calgary community for many years to come in a new, modern care home.”
Bethany Care Society will provide regular updates to residents, families, employees, and the community. Ongoing updates and engagement opportunities will also be available at www.developmentbethany.com.