Province investing $255,000 in cardiac care equipment for Miramichi Hospital (08/09/16)

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Sept 16, 2008

MIRAMICHI (CNB) - A new echocardiography ultrasound unit will be purchased by the Miramichi Regional Hospital thanks to a $255,000 investment by the province this fiscal year, Health Minister Michael Murphy announced today.

"This new diagnostic imaging unit will replace a piece of equipment that is 10 years old, and will provide enhanced image quality," said Murphy. "It will generate digital images that can be viewed immediately by cardiac specialists in other areas of the province, which will result in faster cardiac care for patients."

Dr. Stewart MacMillan, chief of radiology at the Miramichi Regional Hospital, welcomed the investment.

"The Miramichi Regional Hospital would like to sincerely thank the Department of Health for the funding to purchase an echocardiography ultrasound," said MacMillan. "The Miramichi has the highest rate of heart disease in the province, and this new equipment will assist in its early detection and treatment."

Murphy said that the Miramichi area will also receive an additional $378,950 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: Megan Cumby, communications, Health, 506-457-3522.