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The Vulcan Community Health Centre is a one stop shop for medical services for residents of Vulcan and Vulcan County. It houses a hospital with a 24/7 Emergency Room, 23 bed combined Acute/LTC unit, the Medical Clinic, Home Care and Public Health. In addition, it offers a full array of inpatient and outpatient services:


Nursing Services

  • The Hospital is managed by the Site Manager with a Patient Care Coordinator directing the daily work force which includes:
  •  2 RNs, 1 LPN, and 2 HCAs available on the day and evening shifts.
  •  1 RN and 1 LPN on nights to cover the entire facility.
  • A second RN is on call for emergencies and the ambulance crew will respond to help in the ER if necessary.
  • We also employ unit clerks, registration staff and an administrative assistant

Vulcan Medical Clinic RN

  • A Primary Care RN works out of the Medical Clinic, which is located in the Vulcan Community Health Centre, Monday to Friday
  • The Primary Care RN works with complex care patients and those requiring Chronic disease management.
  • The RN works directly with these patients to provide counselling, education and treatment and is the Referral Clerk.
  • The Medical Clinic also employs an Office Manager, receptionist, and Medical Office Assistants.

Diagnostic Imaging Services

  • Outpatient work is done from 0800-1700 Monday- Sunday but we have DI staff on site from 0800-2315 for ER and Acute patients and on call during the night..
  • We have a portable x-ray machine and all patients can be X-rayed on the emergency stretchers if they can’t be moved to the x-ray department.
  • Our Radiology Department provides 24 hour Holter ECG Monitors as well as 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring.
  • We employ x-ray technicians and CLXT's.

Laboratory Services

Laboratory Services

  • This service provides a comprehensive range of routine and specialized lab testing and clinical consultation.
  • The lab is fully equipped and our technicians are able to do many tests on site.

Lab services available include:

  • blood and body fluid sample collection
  • biochemistry and toxicology
  • urinalysis
  • transfusion medicine
  • hematology                 
  • coagulation studies

Lab hours

  • Open for Out patients: 0830-1700 Monday-Friday
  • We have lab staff on site for ER and Acute patients from 0700-2300 and on call from 2300-0700.
  • We have staff on site on weekends from 0800-2300 and then on call.
  • Our staff includes Lab Technicians and CLXT's.


Physical Therapy Services

Physiotheraphy Area

  • Our physiotherapist and a physio assistant work Monday-Friday 0830 to 1630.
  • Our physio department is equipped with parallel bars, treadmill, stationary bike, stepper, wall pulleys, reciprocal pulleys, arm egonometer, free weights, and treatment mat.
  • Wheelchair assessments can be done on uncomplicated clients and lower leg assessments are offered.
  • The PT is an AADL authorizer

Occupational Therapy

  • We have OT services in the hospital 2 days/week and there is also a community based OT available 2 days/week.
  • The OT offers cognitive assessments, swallowing assessments, home assessments and lower leg assessments.
  • The OT also fits clients with home adaptive equipment.

REHABILITATION SERVICES ( Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy) now occupy an more spacious area on the main floor of the new addition.

Recreation Therapy

  • We have a recreation therapist in a 0.5 FTE and a recreation assistant in a 0.63 FTE.
  • Their services and programs are focused on our long-term care population.

Respiratory Therapy

  • A respiratory therapist comes in weekly for Pulmonary Function Tests.
  • Outpatients are referred through your doctor.
  • Referrals are available for inpatients as well.


  • The Vulcan Community Health Centre has a pharmacist onsite 3 days a week as well as a pharmacy assistant onsite 3 hours per day. Among their other duties, the pharmacist provides clinical counselling to inpatients
  • There is always a pharmacist on 24 hours call.
  • Pharmacists in the two drug stores in the Town of Vulcan fill prescriptions Monday to Saturday 0900 to 1800.
  • We have a site-specific hospital formulary which physicians can access from any of the RNs.
  • We also have access to the Calgary Health Region formulary.
  • There is also a Pharmacy in the Village of Arrowwood.

Health Records:

  • Health Records is staffed Monday to Friday 0800 to 1630.

Mental Health

  • We have a mental health clinician available most weekdays covering a variety of hours. The hospital receptionist has a schedule of her hours.
  • She is a Registered Social Worker.
  • This individual provides assessment and counselling for a wide variety of conditions and addictions, as well as financial assistance and counselling.
  • As a registered social worker, this individual takes self referrals was well as referrals from other health care providers.
  • Counselling services include smoking cessation, grief support, alcohol and drug addictions, financial planning, dealing with depression, coping skills,  and advanced care planning.


  • A psychiatrist service can be accessed
  • Appointments are booked through the medical clinic.


  • A consulting geriatrician is on site every other month or she is available for phone consults.
  • Referrals are made by the family doctor and appointments are booked through the medical clinic.


  • The dietitian is available in Vulcan 2 days/week.
  • She consults with our Acute and LTC patients and see Outpatients on an appointment basis
  • She will take doctor referrals and self referrals
  • Appointments are booked through the Hospital Registration Desk 403-485-3333

Palliative Care Services

  • Staff are trained in the latest Palliative Care treatments
  • We have next day access to the Calgary Region's Palliative Care Team for consults
  • We have a dedicated space within the hosptial for Palliative Care patients.

Home Care Services

  • Based out the Community Health Centre, Home care provides nursing assessments, bath help, medication assistance, and dressing changes to those residing in the community
  • We employ RN's, LPN's, and HCA's who are certified.
  • We also employ a Community Social worker.

Public Health

  • We provide health education to school populations, immunization clinics to the general public, newborn and postpartum assessments, well baby clinics and a variety of public health education to the general public
  • We employ Registered Nurses

Tuck Shoppe and Volunteers

  • The VCHC Ladies Auxiliary provides a retail outlet service with clothes, personal care essentials and gifts.
  • It's located in the foyer adjacent to the Nursing Station and is open Mon-Wed-Fri 1000-1500. 
  • It is run by Volunteers from the Auxiliary
  • Vulcan Community Health Centre also utilizes volunteers in the Recreational Therapy program.

Other Disciplines employed and recruited by VCHC include:

  • Maintenance Workers
  • Dietary/ Food Services Workers
  • Environmental Services Staff (Housekeeping).