July 13, 2010
ST. STEPHEN (CNB) - Area residents had their first look at a planned satellite dialysis unit for the Charlotte County Hospital today.
The floor plans were unveiled at the hospital by Health Minister Mary Schryer and officials from the Horizon Health Network.
"The new satellite dialysis unit at the Charlotte County Hospital supports the delivery of a patient-centred health-care system to best meet the needs of individuals and local communities and support improved rural health-care services," the minister said.
The unit will feature five hemodialysis stations operating 12 hours per day, three days a week, with a capacity to serve 10 patients. The construction contract was awarded to Avondale Construction Ltd. The unit is expected to be in operation in early 2011.
The unit will be housed in the rear wing of the third floor of the hospital. The renovated area will cover 274 sq. m (2,950 sq. ft.).
The unit will include five patient treatment stations and all required support spaces such as soiled and clean utility rooms, patient washroom, staff washroom, supplies storage room, bio-medical room to test and repair dialysis machines and a room to house the central reverse osmosis water purification system.
Schryer said the unit will enable area residents to obtain dialysis treatment closer to home. Currently, many travel to the Saint John Regional Hospital for this procedure.
Donald J. Peters, president and chief executive officer, Horizon Health Network, said this expansion is a major contributor to providing accessible health care for patients and their families.
"The satellite dialysis service was a high patient-care priority for our organization," he said. "This service means that patients will no longer have to travel outside of their local area to receive the care they require."
The provincial government is investing close to $1.4 million in capital and operating funds to establish the unit. The Charlotte County Hospital Foundation has contributed $350,000 for new equipment.
"The Charlotte County Hospital Foundation is thrilled to have assisted with the establishment of a satellite dialysis unit in St. Stephen," said Steven Backman, president, Charlotte County Hospital Foundation. "This new unit is truly terrific news for the hospital and the residents of Charlotte County."
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Andrée Bolduc, communications, Department of Health, 506-444-3506.