July 14, 2010
TRACADIE-SHEILA (CNB) - Design plans for a new Villa Saint-Joseph nursing home in Tracadie-Sheila were released today during a sod-turning for the facility.
Premier Shawn Graham; Roger St-Pierre, board chair, Villa Saint-Joseph inc.; Paul Arseneau, nursing home administrator; and Mayor Aldéoda Losier viewed the plans with Sylvain Legacé from David Foulem Architect Inc.
"I am pleased to see design plans for the new nursing home are 75 per cent complete and we are moving forward," Graham said. "This project is great news for the residents and staff of
Villa Saint Joseph and the community. Nursing home services will be transformed to meet the current and future needs of seniors in this region."
About 160 construction jobs will be created, with tenders to be issued in August and work to begin in September. The new nursing home, estimated at $18 million, is being constructed on 5.2 ha (13 acres) at Saulnier Street W. in Tracadie-Sheila. It will have 74 beds, 10 more than the present facility.
The new Villa Saint-Joseph will provide more spacious, energy-efficient facilities, new equipment and better ventilation, improved quality of space and more privacy and personal space for nursing home residents than the current facility, which opened in 1973.
Since 2006, the provincial government's investments in all long-term care services have increased by 31 per cent, with a total annual budget reaching $436.2 million.
MEDIA CONTACT: Judy Cole, communications, Senior and Healthy Aging Secretariat, 506-444-3522.