Health / Regional Development Corporation

Community outreach initiative planned for Loch Lomond (09/03/30)

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March 30, 2009

SAINT JOHN (CNB) - A community outreach initiative will be established in a new community centre opening in east Saint John in 2010, Health Minister Michael Murphy announced today.

The initiative will be based in the St. Joseph's Community Centre. When it opens, the outreach centre will function in partnership with the St. Joseph's Community Health Centre to provide primary health care, as well as chronic disease education and management.

"East Saint John residents' wellness will be promoted, and pressures on the health-care system will be reduced as a result of this new centre," said Murphy. "This investment demonstrates our government's firm commitment to enhance the quality and accessibility of health services, while promoting the sustainability of the health-care system."

The St. Joseph's Community Centre will be connected to St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Loch Lomond. The Regional Development Corporation is providing $200,000 toward construction of the centre.

"Loch Lomond is a growing community made up of both young families and seniors," said Tourism and Parks Minister Stuart Jamieson, who announced funding for the community centre. "The Province of New Brunswick is pleased to invest in this project that will contribute to the well-being of this area."

As part of the outreach initiative, a nurse practitioner and licensed practical nurse will be working at the community centre on a part-time basis. They will be taking blood and collecting specimens, offering group visits for seniors, and providing health coaching and health promotion programs.

"This type of collaboration with our community partners is wonderful," said Donald J. Peters, president and CEO of Regional Health Authority B. "It will serve to further meet the needs of our diverse communities through outreach activities and health promotion, as well as provide greater access to programs, services and health providers."

"Our government is pleased to partner with St. Joseph's Parish in this initiative for the benefit of east Saint John residents," said Murphy. "Partnerships such as this expedite our work to ensure that the health-care system will be sustainable for New Brunswickers both during our journey to self-sufficiency and in the years beyond 2026."

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MEDIA CONTACT: Meghan Cumby, communications, Department of Health, 506-457-3522.

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