Aug. 22, 2008
QUISPAMSIS (CNB) - Construction began today on a 72-bed, $11-million nursing home that will open in early 2010 in Quispamsis. The official start-up was announced by Social Development Minister Mary Schryer, and Joe Shannon, president of Shannex New Brunswick Inc.
The new nursing home will be part of a campus-style complex that will also include independent living accommodations and special-care-home services. The project is part of a $112-million initiative of Shannex New Brunswick, which includes similar projects in Fredericton and Riverview. An estimated 450 staff will be employed in the three projects.
"Our government engaged in a public-private partnership to quickly respond to the needs of nearly 500 seniors who are waiting in hospital for nursing home beds," said Schryer. "This represents a critical situation which justifies the addition of more nursing home beds in our province."
Shannex owns and operates six nursing homes and four retirement complexes in Atlantic Canada.
"This long-term-care service provider has a proven track record for providing high-quality residential and health-care services for seniors," said Schryer.
This announcement brings the number of beds to be created in New Brunswick within the next three years to 318. The government has already announced the addition of 102 beds in various regions of the province, in addition to the 75 beds at the newly opened Kings Way Care Centre in Quispamsis.
New Brunswick has 62 nursing homes offering services to more than 4,100 seniors and adults. They are privately owned and operated by boards of directors.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Robert Duguay, communications, Social Development, 506-444-3684; Jason Shannon, chief executive officer, Shannex Inc., 902-446-8468.