March 23, 2010
WATERVILLE (CNB) - New funding from the provincial government has doubled the capacity of the Upper River Valley Hospital to provide dialysis services for local patients.
Health Minister Mary Schryer and officials from Horizon Health Network marked the official opening of the expanded service today.
"Our government is committed to improving access to health-care services, ensuring that high-quality services are available at the right time, in the right place," said Schryer. "We are pleased to have provided the funding necessary to double dialysis capacity at the Upper River Valley Hospital. The expanded service capacity will assist many families and individuals in the Upper River Valley by reducing, if not eliminating, the need to travel outside the region for dialysis services."
The Department of Health is providing $200,000 to enable the hospital to expand the hours of operation of the dialysis unit to six days a week, permitting the facility to serve 20 patients, up from 10.
"This expansion is great news for the Upper River Valley community," said Donald J. Peters, president and CEO of Horizon Health Network. "With the additional funding from the Department of Health, this extension of services will go a long way in providing accessible health care for patients and their families.
"In keeping with our strategic direction, we are committed to enhancing the health-care services we deliver throughout Horizon Health Network. This expansion will certainly go a long way in supporting this mission."
MEDIA CONTACTS: Hilary Casey, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522; Clarissa Anderson, Horizon Health Network, 506-648-6116.