April 19, 2010
QUISPAMSIS (CNB) - The provincial government and Shannex New Brunswick Inc. officially opened an $11-million nursing home in Quispamsis.
Premier Shawn Graham, Health Minister Mary Schryer, Joseph Shannon, president and chief executive officer, Shannex New Brunswick Inc., and Ellen Stoddard, vice-president, cut the ribbon for the 72-bed facility on Swanton Drive.
"Our partnership with Shannex New Brunswick Inc. has produced these beautiful new facilities, while allowing us to reduce waiting lists for nursing home beds," Graham said. "Our goal is to create 700 new beds - providing the best quality care environment - to help meet the current and future needs of our residents."
The nursing home, Embassy Hall, is the first phase of Parkland in the Valley, 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.
Parkland in the Valley will include two other facilities for seniors, a traditional retirement residence and an assisted-living residence. The buildings will be connected by an indoor pedway. The nursing home employs about 100 full- and part-time staff and is fully occupied.
"Today marks the beginning of a commitment made to the clients at Parkland in the Valley to provide a continuum of care," said Shannon. "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 one other retirement-living campus this year at Parkland Fredericton. Shannex New Brunswick Inc. opened Parkland Riverview in March 2010. 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.
About 600 seniors are waiting in New Brunswick hospitals for a nursing home bed. The province's agreement with Shannex New Brunswick Inc. calls for 75 per cent of new admissions to come from hospitals with patients on waitlists. About 60 hospital patients will be moving into Parkland in the Valley during the next few weeks. In March, more than 50 hospital patients moved into Parkland Riverview.
As a private-sector company, Shannex New Brunswick Inc. has assumed all responsibility for the development of its facilities and for their day-to-day operations. The provincial government will lease nursing home beds for those seniors who need help with covering the cost of their care.
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, president and chief executive officer, Shannex Inc., 902-446-8468.