June 28, 2010
REXTON (CNB) - The new Rexton Health Centre officially opened today. The modern, spacious facility is expected to make it easier for doctors, nurses and other primary-care practitioners to provide quality health care.
Premier Shawn Graham joined officials from the Horizon Health Network to open the centre.
"For many years, health-care providers in Rexton have been working from two buildings, while serving 35,000 patients annually," said Graham. "The new health centre will combine their services into one new, modern facility for improved efficiency and an enhanced space to serve patients."
The centre is a single-storey building covering 954 sq. m (10,600 sq. ft.). The team of health-care providers practising there will devote added focus on prevention and self-care to help residents maintain wellness through healthy living.
The centre houses all the necessary space for five physicians. Instead of working independently, they will be able to deliver co-ordinated services to improve overall delivery of primary health-care services.
"The new Rexton Health Centre is a significant asset to Horizon Health Network staff and the physicians and the people of the Rexton area," said Donald J. Peters, president and chief executive officer, Horizon Health Network. "The addition of a community education room, improved patient registry and a licensed practical nurse and administrative support area will enable the centre to provide better services."
Peters praised community groups for donating money toward equipping the centre. The Rexton Area Centre Board donated $43,300 to buy much-needed equipment, and the Rexton Area Health Care Foundation bought three wheelchairs valued at $2,400.
"A project such as this always entails working closely with community partners, and we are grateful for the support shown for this facility," said Peters. "Horizon Health Network would like to thank the Rexton Area Centre Board and the Rexton Area Health Care Foundation for their continued generosity."
The centre is a green building designed to achieve a silver rating under the principles of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which is an industry standard used to measure green-building performance. The project has been registered with the Canada Green Building Council.
The provincial government invested $4.5 million in the centre, which will be linked by a corridor to the new Rexton Lions Nursing Home expected to open this fall.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, communications, Department of Health, 506-444-3506.