March 16, 2010
RIVERVIEW (CNB) - The provincial government and Shannex New Brunswick Inc. officially opened an $11-million nursing home in Riverview today. Premier Shawn Graham, Minister of State for Seniors Brian Kenny and Jason Shannon, chief executive officer for Shannex New Brunswick Inc., cut the ribbon for the 72-bed facility on Coverdale Road.
"This new nursing home is great news for the people of Greater Moncton," said Graham. "We are committed to adding 700 new beds to the long-term-care system in New Brunswick, with approximately 403 created since 2006. We will continue to do everything we can to improve health- and senior-care in our province."
The nursing home, Monarch Hall, is the third phase of Parkland Riverview, a retirement living, campus-style complex owned and operated by Shannex Corp. It offers 24-hour nursing care, modern equipment, medical and pharmacy services, rehabilitation support and other services. The campus includes two other facilities for seniors, a traditional retirement residence and an assisted-living residence. Each of the buildings is connected by an indoor pedway. The nursing home employs about 100 full and part-time staff and is fully occupied.
"Today marks the fulfilment of a commitment made to our clients at Parkland Riverview to provide a seniors living continuum of care," said Joseph Shannon, president of Shannex New Brunswick Inc. "As well, it represents the start of our commitment to the people of New Brunswick to provide the highest quality of nursing home service."
Shannex New Brunswick Inc. will open two other retirement-living campuses in the province this year: Parkland Fredericton and Parkland in the Valley in Quispamsis. The projects are part of a $112-million initiative that will result in the opening of 216 new nursing home beds in New Brunswick in 2010.
The public-private-partnership with Shannex New Brunswick Inc. represents a new model for senior care in New Brunswick enabling the elderly to live at one location and move from one facility to another as their needs increase. The partnership supports the province's long-term care strategy, Be Independent Longer: New Brunswick's Long-Term Care Strategy.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Judy Cole, communications, Seniors and Healthy Aging Secretariat, 506-444-3522; Jason Shannon, chief executive officer, Shannex Inc., 902-446-8468.