The Center is the heart of the medical needs for people of Milk River and the surrounding area.
Milk River is a small town at the far southern end of Alberta. Lying 86 km south of Lethbridge, and 16 km north of the Canada-United States border, Milk River serves primarily as a service centre for the many farms and ranches that surround it. Acting as a service centre, its catchment area is considered to be larger; and therefore serving more Albertans, than merely the town’s population.
Milk River has one of the lowest cost of living indexes in the province, as well as low housing costs and a strong local economy. Approximately 5.7% of Milk River’s total experienced labour force is engaged in a health-related occupation.
Given its location and temperate climate, Milk River also has tourist services and amenities. Approximately 30 km from Milk River is the popular Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. At the park, visitors can observe North America’s most extensive collection of native pictographs and petroglyphs.
It is estimated that 30,000 tourists visit the area annually, due to the natural beauty and recreational opportunities. The Visitor Information Centre is the second busiest in the province, exceeded only by the Visitor Information Centre in Canmore.
The two closest neighbor communities (and their surrounding rural population) included with Milk River in terms of its Emergency Department, are Coutts and Warner.
The Village of Coutts is located 20 km to the south of Milk River, directly at the Canada-United States border. As it is the only 24-hour port of entry into Alberta from the United States, over 750,000 travellers pass through this community every year. A volunteer fire/ambulance is located in the community.
The Village of Warner is a farming community located 19 km north of Milk River. Warner has a Hockey School. It’s creation is the story about a community and a school working together for the common good. Because the town’s newly renovated ice arena sported an NHL-Quality ice surface, residents decided that the time was right to realize their long-held dream of opening a hockey school. Warner has volunteer fire and ambulance.
There are a number of Hutterite Colonies in this area.