March 23, 2010
MONCTON (CNB) - The Irving Ambulatory Care Centre at the Moncton Hospital officially opened yesterday.
"The government is focused on three priorities this year: learning; jobs; and health and senior care," said Premier Shawn Graham. "This project represents a historic investment in the future of the Moncton Hospital and supports our government's ongoing commitment to quality health care for all provincial residents."
The $47-million, 14,400-sq.-m (160,000-sq.-ft.) extension to the Moncton Hospital is a three-storey building that features top-of-the line equipment; and provides an efficient space in which health professionals may work.
"This state-of-the art centre will significantly improve access to services within a modern facility, featuring the latest equipment and design," said Health Minister Mary Schryer. "This project involved the collaboration of countless individuals during the planning, design and construction phases, and I congratulate everyone involved for their efforts to make this grand opening a reality."
The centre includes a major trauma and emergency referral centre; a state-of-the-art laboratory; 18 clinics; and a 175-space underground parking garage. Its primary focus is to provide health services to outpatients or to patients who are not admitted to hospital.
"This new centre will allow patient care to be delivered more effectively by providing so many ambulatory care services under one roof," said Donald Peters, president and chief executive officer, Horizon Health Network. "I thank the government for its commitment to this project. As well, I wish to thank the Friends of the Moncton Hospital Foundation along with the Irving and Manship families for their generous contributions."
Larry Nelson, chairman of the foundation, said the organization was pleased to have been able to collaborate with the provincial government by buying critical equipment for the centre.
"This was made possible thanks to the leadership of Robert Irving, who chaired the Healthy Returns capital campaign, and to the many volunteers and donors who contributed generously to the outstanding $7.5-million campaign total."
An open house will be held at the centre from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 27.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Hillary Casey, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522; Everton McLean, communications specialist, Horizon Health Network, 506-870-2915; Sonya Green, regional director, Horizon Health Network, 506-623-5523.