Oct. 26, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - The provincial government will make an investment of $150,000 for the New Brunswick Heart Centre to purchase new telemetry equipment, Health Minister Mary Schryer announced today.
The new equipment will provide enhanced capacity to monitor patients who are at risk of abnormal heart activity, known as arrhythmia. Since the provincial electrophysiology program was introduced at the centre in 2007, the number of patients requiring monitoring has increased. The new equipment will provide the resources for the monitoring.
"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 system," said Schryer. "The investment in new telemetry equipment at the New Brunswick Heart Centre is part of our commitment to better respond to the needs of patients from across the province."
Before the electrophysiology program was established in 2007, New Brunswickers had to travel out-of-province for specialized electrophysiology procedures, including the implantation of defibrillator pacemakers.
"Procuring new telemetry equipment for the New Brunswick Health Centre will enhance the accessibility and quality of health care for the residents of New Brunswick, and for those patients that Horizon Health Network serves," said Donald J. Peters, president and CEO of Horizon Health Network. "This is a tremendous addition to the services provided already at the centre, and I am pleased to see the continuing efforts and strides made to improve health-care delivery in our province."
The New Brunswick Heart Centre is a provincial facility that serves all New Brunswickers in both official languages.
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 in fiscal 2009-10 for new medical equipment and technology.
MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Health, 506-453-2536.