Sept. 21, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The provincial government has awarded a $19-million contract to expand the emergency department at Saint John Regional Hospital.
The contract has been awarded to Avondale Construction of Saint John. Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty and Minister of Health Mary Schryer made the announcement during a visit to the construction site today.
"The projects underway at Saint John Regional Hospital represent a total investment of about $50 million and reflect the key role this hospital plays in meeting the health-care needs of New Brunswickers," said Doherty. "This strategic infrastructure investment will deliver improved facilities for patients and staff of the hospital and provide substantial stimulus to our local construction sector."
The addition will be 3,948 sq. metres (42,490 sq. feet) and will more than double the size of the emergency department. Construction is scheduled to be complete in fall 2010.
"This project will improve access to quality health-care services in Greater Saint John and provide the necessary facilities to accommodate the hospital's designation as a Level 1 trauma facility," said Schryer. "The new, larger emergency department will further improve access to emergency room care for patients in this area."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Sonya Gilks, communications, Department of Health, 506-444-2536.