By Site Editor | Nov 1, 2010
Support for community health care continues throughout the province as the Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Health and Community Services, announced over $1.2 million for equipment and repairs in health care facilities located in Twillingate, New World Island, Fogo Island and Change Islands. Minister Kennedy was joined in Twillingate today by Derrick Dalley, MHA for The Isles of Notre Dame and Heather Brown, Vice-President of Rural Health, Central Health.
“For residents living in the rural parts of our province, frontline health care often begins in the communities they call home,” said Minister Kennedy. “It is vital to maintain and update structures and equipment in the communities located in this region so that we sustain a consistent and high level of care for the users of our health care system.”
The Notre Dame Bay Memorial Health Centre in Twillingate will receive $504,000 for repairs and renovations to the roof, exterior brick work and flooring. An additional $224,200 is allocated for capital equipment that includes a new lab analyzer, drug carts, emergency defibrillator/monitor and a nurse monitoring system.
The New World Island Health Centre will be provided $300,000 for clinic upgrades to increase the number of physician exam rooms, create additional space for community health program staff and for occupational health and safety improvements. Further funding of $20,000 will be provided for the purchase of a new defibrillator/monitor.
The Fogo Island Health Centre will receive $89,700 for capital equipment, including a new lab analyzer, two defibrillators/monitors, drug carts, x-ray cassettes and recreation equipment.
The Change Islands Health Centre will receive $60,000 to upgrade the storage and filing capabilities, which will enhance confidentiality, functionality, and ergonomic improvement in the nurse practitioner and physician offices. This funding will also result in improvements to the clerical and waiting area, parking lot and occupational health and safety matters. An additional $30,600 will be invested for the purchase of a new electrocardiogram machine, lab centrifuge and intravenous pump.
“Investments to improve our health care facilities will support our health professionals as they deliver quality service and care,” said MHA Dalley. “These investments reflect our government’s commitment to rural health issues in The Isles of Notre Dame area and will ensure that residents continue to get quality healthcare in the region.”
“Central Health is committed to providing quality health care services throughout our region and this investment by government will go a long way in helping do that,” said Karen McGrath, CEO, Central Health. “Residents of The Isles of Notre Dame will benefit from these new investments.”
Today’s announcement was followed by a tour of the Notre Dame Bay Memorial Health Centre and a visit to the New World Island Health Centre. On Thursday evening, Minister Kennedy and Mr. Dalley toured the Change Islands Health Centre.
Budget 2010: The Right Investments – For Our Children and Our Future provided an investment of $208.9 million for health care infrastructure throughout the province, including investments in new construction, redevelopment of existing facilities, purchase of new medical equipment and repairs and maintenance. From 2003-04 to 2009-10, approximately $2.6 million has been invested in this region for equipment, repairs and renovations. In May 2010, a funding grant of $9,000 was provided under the Age-Friendly Newfoundland and Labrador Grants Program for the New World Island 50+ Club to offer special events, including educational sessions and social opportunities aimed at enhancing the social inclusion and independence of seniors.