Sept. 22, 2009
EDMUNDSTON (CNB) - The provincial government is investing $301,500 this fiscal year to provide three new anesthesia machines at the Edmundston Regional Hospital, Health Minister Mary Schryer announced today.
"Our government is committed to supporting projects that will improve the quality and accessibility of health care, reduce wait times for patients, and promote the sustainability of the public health-care system," said Schryer. "The investment in new anesthesia machines is part of our commitment to respond better to the needs of residents in the Edmundston area."
The Department of Health is covering the entire cost. The new machines, which will replace existing, older units, will provide anesthesia and monitoring for surgical patients.
"The addition of the anesthesia units will enable us to improve the services we offer to the population of northwestern New Brunswick," said Anne Soucie, a member of the board of directors, Regional Hospital Authority (RHA) A.
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, including $10 million for new medical equipment and technology.
"Through funding from the Department of Health, we were able to purchase three state-of-the-art anesthesia machines," said Mariette Damboise, director of clinical services at the hospital. "This new equipment will allow us to provide high-quality care to patients undergoing surgery under general anesthesia."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Sonya Gilks, communications, Department of Health, 506-453-2536; Lydia Dupéré, communications, Regional Health Authority A, 506-544-3678.