May 17, 2010
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The provincial government is investing $650,000 to allow the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation to complete construction of Atlantic Canada's first therapeutic park by this fall.
"Our government is committed to ensuring the health-care system is responsive to the needs of all patients," said Greg Byrne, acting minister of health. "We are proud to support the construction of the new therapeutic park, which will provide a quiet retreat as well as recreational and therapeutic activities for rehabilitation patients."
The park will feature ramps with various textured surfaces and will provide an environment for specific therapies, including mobility training, physical endurance training, sensory and perceptual stimulation, social skill and play development.
Benches and a gazebo will be surrounded by a variety of trees, shrubs, arbours, raised gardens accessible to patients and other landscaping features. An adapted gym set for children who are being treated at the centre will also be installed through a donation from the Ronald MacDonald Foundation.
"Thanks to the provincial government, we are able to complete this long-awaited project," said David Thorne, chair of the Stan Cassidy Foundation. "Our patients, particularly those who are with us for extended periods of time, can transition more easily back to their communities, working to increase their mobility in a safe and tranquil environment."
The Stan Cassidy Foundation conducted fundraising for the therapeutic park and have generated more than $1 million for the initiative, as part of their Dream Again Campaign and other activities such as the foundation's annual Ultrasounds Concert.
"We are proud to partner in the development of this wonderful project that will serve to assist those recovering from a traumatic injury or disease causing disability," said Donald J. Peters, president and chief executive officer of Horizon Health Network. "This park will be a great addition to an already nationally recognized facility and supports our goals of fostering collaboration and developing partnerships to optimize patient access to services."
Designated as the provincial centre for rehabilitation, the Stan Cassidy Centre is a 20-bed tertiary neurological rehabilitation facility in Fredericton. The only facility in Atlantic Canada to offer children's rehabilitation services, it provides highly specialized tertiary rehabilitation in-patient services, day-patient services and outreach clinics to adults and children beyond what is generally available in each region.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, communications, Department of Health, 506-444-3506.