Chelsae Petrovic, MLA for the Livingstone-Macleod riding, has been appointed as the parliamentary secretary to assist Minister of Health Adriana LaGrange.

Premier Danielle Smith made the announcement in a media release on Thursday morning (March 21).

Petrovic is a licensed practical nurse (LPN), with over 13 years' experience in the health care system.

“Albertans deserve a better, stronger health care system. Addressing issues that have been allowed to grow for decades is a major job. Chelsae will play a pivotal role in ensuring that we continue to hear from the hard-working men and women who serve on the front lines of health care. I am confident her work will help lead to a stronger system.”

Danielle Smith, Premier

“I look forward to collaborating with Chelsae in the weeks and months to come. With her health care background, she will bring a very important perspective to our refocusing work. The voice of every health care worker is critical to understanding what is actually happening on the front lines and what needs improving. Chelsae will help us incorporate those voices to strengthen the health system for all Albertans.”

Adriana LaGrange, Minister of Health

In a media conference from Thursday morning about refocusing health care in Alberta, Petrovic said "Engaging with Alberta's health care workers has been a cornerstone of our health system's refocusing efforts since its announcement last fall. This engagement is vital. The voices of our front-line workers are essential for understanding the realities they face, identifying areas for improvement, and gaining insight into the patient experience."

 - Chelsae Petrovic, parliamentary secretary for health workforce engagement