Province investing $923,000 in medical equipment for Dumont Regional Hospital (08/08/20)

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Aug. 20, 2008

MONCTON (CNB) - A new digital fluoroscopy machine and two new anesthesia units will be purchased by the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Regional Hospital in Moncton, thanks to an investment of $923,000 by the provincial government this fiscal year. Health Minister Michael Murphy made the announcement today.

"The digital fluoroscopy machine will be used to perform general and specialized exams, and represents a significant improvement compared to the equipment now in use," said Murphy.

The unit will be used for all general radiographic and fluoroscopic exams. A down payment of 25 per cent of the purchase price was provided by the province last year.

The two anesthesia machines will replace older units, and are essential to the daily activities of the operating room department.

Joey Caissie, acting CEO of the Beauséjour Regional Health Authority, welcomed the investment.

"These funds have made it possible to purchase more sophisticated medical equipment at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont Regional Hospital, thus further improving the quality of a patient's diagnostic exams and the accuracy by which anesthetic gases are administered and vital signs are monitored," Caissie said. "This equipment will inevitably allow our specialists and health-care professionals to provide better service to patients."

The Beauséjour Regional Health Authority will receive an additional $659,100 this year to purchase various pieces of equipment valued at between $5,000 and $100,000 each.

The funding is from the Department of Health's $13.22-million budget in fiscal 2008-09 for new medical equipment and technology.


MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.