Province investing $1.12 million in medical equipment at Saint John Regional Hospital (08/08/26)

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Aug. 26, 2008

SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The province will invest $1,126,000 to buy three pieces of major medical equipment at the Saint John Regional Hospital, Health Minister Michael Murphy announced today.

"This funding will include $518,000 for a new digital fluoroscopy diagnostic imaging unit used to perform general and specialized exams," said Murphy. "We will also provide $450,000 for a hydrajust urology table that provides enhanced images during urology operative procedures and $158,000 for a new sterilizer used for operating room instruments and scopes."

Murphy said the Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation will receive an additional $1.846 million this year to buy various medical equipment valued at $5,000 to $100,000 each.

The minister also announced the New Brunswick Heart Centre will receive $300,000 this year to buy a new echocardiography unit.

"This specialized diagnostic equipment is essential for the tertiary cardiology services offered at the heart centre," said Murphy. "It will replace a unit that is 10 years old and will offer much improved diagnostic capability."

The heart centre, located at the Saint John Regional Hospital, is a provincial facility that serves all New Brunswickers in both official languages.

All of 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: Johanne Le Blanc, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3513.