Clinical Support Services

LABORATORY
Laboratory services are provided for both inpatients and outpatients. As a fully accredited diagnostic laboratory services are available:
Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The Laboratory assists in the provision and monitoring of patient health via clinical testing and consultation. Through the provision of interpretive reports, the laboratory provides the health care team with laboratory evidence of a patient’s condition with respect to both normal and abnormal health status and monitors changes that may be occurring because of treatment provided. A consultant pathologist and microbiologist provide quality assurance.

DIAGNOSTIC IMAGING
The Diagnostic Imaging Department performs x-rays and ECG’s for inpatients and outpatients. This service is available to admitted patients 24/7, with on-call availability after hours.  DI is available on a drop-in basis to the general public Monday-Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

PHARMACY
In-patient pharmacy drug distribution and clinical pharmacy services are provided to all patient care areas. The department is staffed with a Pharmacist and Pharmacy Technician Monday through Friday.

REHABILITATION
Mineral Springs Hospital provides physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and recreational therapy. Physiotherapy promotes maximum independence and physical function while aiding in alleviating disability. It teaches active, passive and resistant exercise, provides support for ambulation and mobility aids, and provides joint mobilization using various modalities such as heat/cold, ultrasound, interferential current, laser, TENS, muscle stimulation, traction and taping.

Occupational therapy promotes optimal functional ability within the limits imposed by disability or disease. OT offers therapeutic activities, wheelchair seating/positioning alternatives, assistive/adaptive equipment, supplementation of staff education, bedside evaluation of swallowing disorders and fabrication of orthotics.  It also facilitates learning new skills, corrects or diminishes pathology, promotes health maintenance and assesses physical and mental status.

Recreational Therapy utilizes functional intervention, education and recreational participation to enable individuals with physical, mental, emotional, cognitive and social limitations to maintain independence, a healthy lifestyle, and to enhance each individual’s quality of life through leisure experiences. Services are provided through the interpretation of assessment results, treatment education, consultation, and advocacy to achieve desired goals in a clinical and or community practice.

SPIRITUAL CARE
The place of Spiritual Care within the overall vision of Banff Mineral Springs Hospital has a history going back many decades to the very origins of the Hospital under the Sisters of St. Martha.  Beginning in the 1960s in many parts of Canada Pastoral Care components were incorporated into the expected regimen of teaching hospitals.  In the early 1990s a change in terminology became necessary in order to reflect the vast cultures and spiritualities of our land.  Pastoral Care became Spiritual Care, to reflect a more all-inclusive mandate. 

The role of the Spiritual Care Coordinator is multi-faceted.   Of primary importance is consistent availability to hospital patients and residents of all beliefs or non-beliefs / religions / cultures / situations.  The same availability applies to out-patients and staff.   A key element of the Spiritual Care Coordinator’s work is recognition of the spiritual dimension in healing and recovery.  Their task is to be available in non-judgmental ways in order to assist the patient / resident / staff member explore the spiritual side of the health-related problem they are facing.   The Spiritual Care Coordinator also offers his/her presence at various inter-staff meetings. Leadership Council meetings, Ethics Committee meetings, etc. are opportunities for the Spiritual Care Coordinator to offer input on a variety of subjects.  

The Spiritual Care Coordinator also ensures the weekly Friday morning Chapel services are conducted, drawing upon the clergy and other volunteer resources from the Banff community.

Under guiding the work of the Spiritual Care Coordinator is the challenge and opportunity of ensuring the Values and Mission of Covenant Health are at the forefront of all we do at Mineral Springs Hospital, as we strive to serve the people who need our help.  The Values of Covenant Health are:

- Compassion
- Respect
- Collaboration
- Social Justice
- Integrity
- Stewardship