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Suncor funds mobile health unit for region

Suncor held its annual community reception at MacDonald Island on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, the same day the company celebrated the grand opening of their Fort Hills mine.

As part of the celebrations, the Suncor Energy Foundation presented a gift to the Northern Lights Health Foundation and Alberta Health Services North Zone Public, in the form of funding for a mobile health unit.

The unit will bring additional health care services to the rural communities of the region and will be outfitted to add capacity in oral health, community health, sexually transmitted infection testing, immunizations, infant/child wellness and health promotion activities.

“As part of the community, we are incredibly proud to support the great work that is being done to improve patient care,” said Lori Hewson, director of community investment for the Suncor Energy Foundation.

AHS area manager for Population Public Health Jennifer Splaine was at the reception to accept the gift.

“We are so pleased to be able to expand our services into the community with the acquisition of a mobile unit,” said Splaine. “We have been using a cancer screening van which was scheduled to leave our region and now this funding allows us to purchase, refit, and utilize the van specifically for public health services.”