Government committed to revitalization of Chaleur Regional Hospital (10/05/11)

NB 709

May 11, 2010

BATHURST (CNB) - The provincial government is starting the first phase of a multimillion-dollar redevelopment and revitalization of the Chaleur Regional Hospital.

"Our government recognizes that investments in health care infrastructure improves working conditions for staff, and patient experiences," said Tourism and Parks Minister Brian Kenny. "The provincial government is committed to making available significant capital construction funding in subsequent fiscal years, following preliminary architectural planning."

Kenny spoke on behalf of Health Minister Mary Schryer.

The 2010-11 capital budget includes a commitment of $1.5 million in 2010-11 to make improvements to the intensive care and step-down unit, as well as planning for a facility redevelopment.

The improvements to the 10-bed intensive care and five-bed stepdown unit will provide more space and enhance patient safety. Consolidating the intensive care and step-down beds into one unit will allow for better co-ordinated care.

The Department of Health's budget also includes funding to acquire and install a new permanent MRI unit at the Chaleur Regional Hospital. It will replace a mobile unit and increase diagnostic imaging capacity, providing northern residents with improved access to state-of-art equipment.

"This is the first stage of a commitment to redevelop and revitalize the Chaleur Regional Hospital," Kenny said. "These investments support the delivery of a patient-centered health care system to best meet the needs of individuals and local communities. Our government has committed to taking steps to ensuring opportunities exist for all New Brunswickers to access quality health care."

"We are extremely pleased to see that the Government of New Brunswick has made a firm commitment to improve and upgrade infrastructure at the Chaleur Regional Hospital," said Andrée Robichaud, president and chief executive officer of Regional Health Authority A. "This improvement project will span over the next several years; however, we are confident that concrete results will be seen rather quickly."


MEDIA CONTACT: Danielle Phillips, communications, Department of Health, 506-444-3821.