Province investing $725,000 for new equipment at Bathurst, Caraquet hospitals (08/09/16)

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Sept. 16, 2008

BATHURST (CNB) - The province will provide $725,000 to buy two pieces of major medical equipment for the Bathurst and Caraquet hospitals, Health Minister Michael Murphy announced today.

"This funding includes $455,000 to complete the purchase of a new digital radiographic/fluoroscopic diagnostic imaging unit for the Enfant-Jésus RHSJ† Hospital in Caraquet," said Murphy. "This unit will replace one that has been in use for more than 22 years, and will allow for improved image quality and increased viewing and diagnosis in a filmless environment."

A down-payment of 25 per cent of the purchase price was provided by the province last year; the $455,000 represents the remaining cost.

Murphy said that another $270,000 will be provided to purchase a new reverse osmosis system at the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst. The system is used for dialysis treatment.

"This new state-of-the-art equipment will definitely help to ensure delivery of high-quality health-care services," said Andrée Robichaud, president and chief executive officer of Regional Health Authority A. "We are confident that projects will continue to progress for the well-being of the population."

The Acadie-Bathurst area will receive an additional $546,500 this year to buy various pieces of medical 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.