May 4, 2009
DALHOUSIE (CNB) - A satellite palliative care unit at the St. Joseph Community Health Centre in Dalhousie officially opened today.
Health Minister Michael Murphy, Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault and Aldéa Landry, chair of the board of Regional Health Authority A, attended the official opening.
The provincial government invested $1.4 million in capital renovations. The operational funding for the four-bed unit will be $1.2 million
"The establishment of this unit is part of the efforts undertaken by our government with a view to improving access to these essential services in northern New Brunswick," said Murphy. "It enables us to offer intermediate-level palliative care to the Restigouche region.
"The unit is an integral part of the Restigouche palliative care program. It will be a satellite to the Campbelllton Regional Hospital's palliative care unit, which offers the full range of necessary care."
The unit is part of a series of announcements by the Department of Health aimed at improving health care in northern New Brunswick.
"I am delighted to welcome the establishment of this unit at the St. Joseph Community Health Centre," said Landry. "The capacity to offer end-of-life services within the community is a more comprehensive and humane approach that serves to enhance the care provided for patients and the support offered to their families."
Other recent accomplishments of the Department of Health have included:
MEDIA CONTACTS: Geneviève Mallet-Chiasson, marketing communciations officer, Department of Health, 506-444-3506; Jean-René Noël, director, communications and public relations, Regional Health Authority A, 506-544-2139.