Nov. 23, 2009
SAINT JOHN (CNB) - A new wellness centre that will offer Saint John residents primary health-care services officially opened today. Health Minister Mary Schryer and Supply and Services Minister Ed Doherty attended the ribbon-cutting at the Market Place Wellness Centre.
"Our government is pleased to be a partner in this initiative for the benefit of Saint John residents," said Schryer. "Partnerships such as this one support our efforts to ensure that the health-care system will be sustainable and able to meet the needs of all New Brunswickers on the journey to self-sufficiency in 2026 and beyond."
The Department of Health invested $125,000 to help establish the centre. The funding, announced earlier this year, covered more than one-third of the cost to renovate the interior of the Carleton Community Centre to create space for the facility. It consists of a clinic room, a meeting room, a waiting room and a washroom, all of which are wheelchair accessible.
The centre will be supported through the outreach efforts of the St. Joseph's Community Health Centre; Horizon Health Network, Saint John zone; and the community group, Westside P.A.C.T. A nurse practitioner from the St. Joseph's Centre will see patients at the facility for half-a-day each week. Another from the Saint John zone will be on-site two days a week to provide chronic disease management services for people with diabetes.
"This is a dream come true for residents of the west side," said Mary Lou Price, community liaison for Westside P.A.C.T. "This is a project that will positively affect this community's health, wellness and well-being for many years to come."
Westside P.A.C.T. will provide the centre with a health and wellness liaison for six months. The Saint John zone will carry out specimen collection and aging-program clinics, as well as provide IV day hospital service, which is an outpatient service that provides care for patients requiring minor procedures.
"I would like to congratulate the Westside Wellness Centre on its official opening," said Geri Geldart, vice-president of Community Health and Nursing Affairs for Horizon Health Network. "It is always great to witness the advancement of health care, ensuring that it is seamless and accessible to all New Brunswickers. This centre will be a tremendous enhancement and addition to the services already being provided in Saint John."
Schryer said that the range of services available at the centre will be expanded as other needs of the community are identified.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sonya Gilks, communications, Department of Health, 506-444-3506.