Oct. 19, 2009
TRACADIE-SHEILA (CNB) - A contract for $1.95 million as part of a $2.6-million project has been awarded to Gloucester Construction for the expansion and renovation of the Tracadie-Sheila Hospital, and work is now underway. Premier Shawn Graham and Health Minister Mary Schryer toured the construction site during a visit to the hospital today.
"The creation of the new acute care treatment rooms and the renovation to the emergency department will better position the Tracadie-Sheila hospital as a centre for emergency health in the Acadian Peninsula," said Graham.
The project includes renovation of 531 sq. metres (5,716 sq. ft.) of existing space, as well as the addition of 92 sq. metres (990 sq. ft) of new space. In addition to the creation of new acute care treatment rooms, the entire emergency department will be renovated.
"It's great to see this project moving forward," said Ed Doherty, minister of supply and services. "This investment is going to provide both staff and patients with a much more modern, comfortable and functional emergency department that will facilitate the delivery of high-quality health care."
"Our government is committed to supporting projects that will improve the quality and accessibility of health care, reduce wait times for patients, and promote the sustainability of the public system," said Schryer. "These renovations are part of our commitment to better respond to the needs of residents of the Tracadie-Sheila area."
Construction will be carried out in five phases to maintain 24-7 operations and continuous delivery of emergency services. Construction is expected to be complete in spring 2010.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Chrystiane Mallaley, communications, Department of Supply and Services, 506-457-7903; Sonya Gilks, communications, Department of Health, 506-453-2536.