Fonds paa-6903 - Alberta. Department of Hospitals and Medical Care fonds

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Alberta. Department of Hospitals and Medical Care fonds

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on <em>The Department of Hospitals and Medical Care Act</em>, 1977 c. 62

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  • 1940-1986, predominant 1958-1983 (Creation)
    Alberta. Department of Hospitals and Medical Care

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120.42 m of textual records. -- 21 microfilms. -- 5 blueprints

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<em> Dates of founding and/or dissolution:</em>;In 1975, responsibility for the administration of hospitals and health insurance programs was transferred to the Minister of Hospitals and Medical Care by means of Order in Council 521/75. This Order designated the Minister the head of a department which consisted of the Hospital Services Commission and the Health Care Insurance Commission, the agencies responsible for providing these programs. The establishment of the Department of Hospitals and Medical Care was later formalized by the passage and proclamation of <em>The Department of Hospitals and Medical Care Act</em>, 1977 c. 62. The Department was dissolved in 1988. <em>Functional responsibility:</em>;The Department was responsible for the planning, supervision, funding and monitoring of Alberta active treatment and auxiliary hospitals and providing operating funds for nursing homes. The Department was also responsible for the administration of the province's three medical benefits plans, the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan, the Alberta Hospitalization Benefits Plan, and the Alberta Nursing Home Plan. In 1982, the Department became responsible for the administration and operation of the province's two psychiatric hospitals and their auxiliary care centres. The Minister was responsible for the administration of the following acts:;<em>Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Act (1983-1988);Alberta Hospital Association Act;Cancer Programs Act;Cancer Treatment and Prevention Act;Department of Hospitals and Medical Care Act;Health Care Insurance Act;Health Care Insurance Premiums Act;Health Insurance Premiums Act;Health Facilities Review Committee Act;Hospital Debt Retirement Act;Hospital Services Commission Act;Hospital Visitors Committee Act;Hospitals Act;Human Tissue Gift Act;Lloydminster Hospital Act;Medical Profession Act (1981-1988);Nursing Homes Act;Nursing Profession Act;Optometry Profession Act;Physical Therapy Profession Act;Provincial General Hospitals Act;Registered Dieticians Act;University of Alberta Hospital Act;University Hospitals Foundation Act</em>;<em> Predecessor and successor bodies:</em>;The Department was preceded by the Hospital Services Commission and the Health Care Insurance Commission, under the Minister of Social Services and Community Health. In 1975, these agencies were transferred to the Minister of Hospitals and Medical Care and for two and a half years made up the administrative structure of the Department. The Department was succeeded in 1988 by the re-established Department of Health. <em> Administrative relationships: </em>;The Department reported to the Legislative Assembly through the Minister of Hospitals and Medical Care. A number of semi-independent agencies reported either to the Minister or through him to the Legislative Assembly. These agencies included the Health Care Insurance Commission, Hospital Services Commission, Alberta Health Facilities Review Committee, and Alberta Cancer Board. <em> Administrative structure: </em>;At the time that the Department was first created in 1975, it was made up of the Hospital Services Commission and the Health Care Insurance Commission. When an integrated administrative structure for the Department was created effective January 1, 1978, these two Commissions lost their semi-independent status and became Divisions of a centrally-administered government department. During 1987, the principal components of the Department were two divisions which were made up of the administrative structures of the former Hospital Services Commission and Health Care Insurance Commission. In essence, the Commissions simply changed their legal status from that of semi-independent agencies reporting directly to the Minister to that of divisions of a department. The structure of the Department for its first year of operations was as follows:;1. Hospitals Planning and Operations Division: the former Hospital Services Commission;2. Financial Planning and Control Division: responsible for operational and capital budget development and financial management control;3. Health Insurance Program Division: the former Health Care Insurance Commission. In 1979, the Department was reorganized. At the Division level, the structure of the Department remained as follows until 1987:;1. Hospital Services Division: responsible for design and construction of hospitals and hospital expansion, operation of the province's emergency air ambulance service, program planning for programs and services offered at hospitals and oversight of the operation of health care facilities and nursing homes;2. Health Care Insurance Division: responsible for the operation and administration of the province's health care insurance and benefits plans, including processing claims, registration of plan participants and service providers, and the Department's systems and data processing;3. Finance and Administration Division: responsible for all system budgeting, department finance and administration, budget coordination for all funded facilities, internal audit, and public communications;4. Policy Development Division: responsible for collecting and analyzing data used in support of policy and hospital system development, hospital program review and evaluation, coordinating research projects, and conducting research in support of planning and policy development;In 1987, the Corporate Development Division was created to take over responsibility for the Department's personnel administration, management services, corporate planning relating to human resources, and training. The Information Resource Management Division was created at this time to bring together in one division all information systems activities, including systems development and planning and systems consulting services to health care facilities. <em> Names of chief officers:</em>;Ministers of Hospitals and Medical Care:;Gordon T.W. Miniely (1975-1979);David J. Russell (1979-1986);Marvin E. Moore (1986-1988)

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Fonds consists of records created, used and maintained by the Department of Hospitals and Medical Care in the performance of the following functions:;- management and administration of hospital care programs;- planning and oversight of hospital construction and expansion of hospital facilities;- oversight of hospital administration and inspection of facilities;- administration of health care insurance programs;- planning of manpower needs for various health care professions and occupations;- provision of emergency air ambulance services;- disaster planning in regards to provincial health care facilities;- administration of research programs funded by the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund;The fonds contains correspondence, reports, various types of audit project files, insurance and health care facility billing reports, hospital board minutes, records of various departmental committees, hospital construction project files, architectural drawings of hospitals and nursing homes, research project applications, and various statistical reports. The fonds consists of two sous-fonds:;1. Alberta Hospital Services Commission sous-fonds from 1946 to 1970;2. Alberta Health Care Insurance Commission sous-fonds from 1967 to 1974;The fonds has also been arranged into the following series:;1. Emergency air and ground ambulance records from 1959 to 1978;2. Emergency health services administrative records from 1960 to 1980;3. Health Care Insurance Commission registration forms from 1981;4. Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund research project administration records from 1977 to 1982;5. Departmental committee records from 1969 to 1982;6. Federal/provincial health care agreements;7. Financial planning records;8. Health care facilities capital project records;9. Health care insurance audit case files;10. Health care insurance executive records;11. Health economics operational records;12. Health manpower planning records;13. Hospital Services Commission executive records;14. Hospital Services Commission health care facility profiles;15. Hospital Services Commission health care facility program correspondence;16. Hospital Services Commission hospital administration correspondence;17. Hospital Services Commission hospital administration projects and studies;18. Hospital Services Commission hospital board minutes;19. Hospital Services Commission hospital finance records;20. Hospital Services Commission hospital planning records;21. Hospital Services Commission nursing home insurance claim files;22. Hospital Services Commission research project files;23. Hospital Services Commission third party liability records;24. Ministerial records;25. Systems planning and development records

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Records acquired through scheduled transfer from the Department of Hospitals and Medical Care, except accession GR1979.0249, which was acquired by direct transfer from the Department.


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  • The material is in English.

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Subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act;Subject to the Copyright Act

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Other records created by the Hospital Services Commission and the Health Care Insurance Commission may be found in the Department of Health fonds, as well as the sous-fonds of these two agencies.

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For series descriptions please see the Provincial Archives of Alberta's online finding aids.<br><br>

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