Jan. 26, 2009
MONCTON (CNB) - Space shortages at the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Regional Hospital in Moncton will be addressed with a $73-million, two-storey addition and a new power plant, Health Minister Michael Murphy announced today.
"The quality of health care will be enhanced, and wait times will be reduced for patients at the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Regional Hospital as a result of this project," Murphy said. "Increasing this hospital's capacity for clinical care is part of our government's ongoing work to ensure that the health-care system will be sustainable for all New Brunswickers on our journey to self-sufficiency and beyond."
In 2009-10, the Department of Health is investing $4 million to start work on the major expansion, which will create more space for the provision of clinical services.
"Providing quality health care to all regions of New Brunswick is extremely important to this government," said Supply and Services Minister Dr. Ed Doherty. "We look forward to construction getting underway on this very significant expansion project."
The expansion will be located at the north end of the hospital, will include a basement, and will house all rehabilitation services and a PET CT scan. The new premises will make it possible to respond to the growing need for nephrology services, and space will be provided to consolidate allied health, which includes clinical nutrition, psychology, respiratory therapy, rheumatology and social work. Additional space will be available for staff education services, and to consolidate all ambulatory care clinics.
"The Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Regional Hospital is a cornerstone of the New Brunswick health-care system, and an institution that plays a key role in the provision of primary and specialized health-care services, as well as research, teaching and medical education," said Aldéa Landry, chair of the board for Regional Health Authority A.
The expansion area for levels 1 and 2 will be about 10,800 square metres (120,000 sq. ft.). Its structure will be designed to accommodate future storeys. The basement will house new space for central stores and 100 parking spots. The new power plant will be a single-storey, stand-alone building.
In 2009-10, the department will complete the design work, do site preparation work, and start construction on the power plant.
"The Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Regional Hospital will be ready for further expansion once this key phase of the project is complete," Murphy said. "Our government will continue this important project in the years ahead to ensure that this hospital remains a regional centre of quality care and a pillar of our public system."
The Department of Health has a capital budget of $67 million for the 2009-10 fiscal year. It provides funding for improvements at regional hospitals, medical equipment purchases, and the construction of a new health centre.
MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.