Jan. 25, 2010
ST. STEPHEN (CNB) - The provincial government is investing close to $1.4 million in capital and operating funds to establish a satellite dialysis unit at the Charlotte County Hospital in St. Stephen.
The announcement was made today by Premier Shawn Graham, who visited the Lincourt Manor in St. Stephen, starting a week when the government will release details of investments in health and senior care in the legislative assembly.
"The government is focused on three priorities this year: jobs, learning and health and senior care," Graham said. "The government is committed to ensuring opportunities exist for all New Brunswickers to obtain quality health and senior care."
The new capital and operating funding will support a new dialysis unit with five hemodialysis stations operating three days a week, 12 hours per day, with a capacity to serve 10 patients. The unit is expected to be in operation in early 2011.
Health Minister Mary Schryer said the investment will enable St. Stephen-area residents to obtain dialysis treatment closer to home. Currently, many residents travel to the Saint John Regional Hospital for this procedure.
"This investment supports the delivery of a patient-centred health-care system to best meet the needs of individuals and local communities and support improved rural health-care services," the minister said.
Demand for dialysis services continues to grow each year in New Brunswick, consistent with a national trend.
Donald J. Peters, president and chief executive officer of Horizon Health Network, said the satellite dialysis unit is a welcome addition to health services in the community.
"The satellite dialysis service was a high patient-care priority for our organization," he said. "This service will enhance patients' quality of care as well as their quality of life as they will no longer have to travel outside of their community to receive the care they require."
The Charlotte County Hospital Foundation has contributed $350,000 for new equipment for the unit.
"This announcement is great news for our community," said Steven Backman, foundation president. "We look forward to working with our community partners to ensure the completion of this important and necessary project."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, communications, Office of the Premier, 506-444-2286; Sonya Gilks, communications, Department of Health, 506-444-3506; Sonya Green-Haché, Horizon Health Network, 506-623-5523.