West­ern Bay Clinic get­ting facelift

The Compass - - NEWS -

The West­ern Bay Clinic is get­ting a $50,000 facelift.

Up­grades in­clude im­prove­ments to the fa­cil­ity and equip­ment, in­clud­ing paving the park­ing lot and re­pairs to the wheel­chair ramp, as well as im­prove­ments to the bath­room fa­cil­i­ties to make them more ac­ces­si­ble.

“ This kind of in­vest­ment by the prov­ince in ru­ral ar­eas demon­strates the value that is placed on the pri­mary health care pro­vided by clin­ics such as the one we op­er­ate in West­ern Bay,” said Vickie Kamin­ski, pres­i­dent and CEO of East­ern Health.

“From in­creased ac­ces­si­bil­ity to en­hanced di­ag­nos­tic equip­ment and im­proved pa­tient com­fort, the ob­jec­tive is to make this pri­mary health care ser­vice as ac­ces­si­ble and ef­fec­tive as pos­si­ble,” Kaminiski said.

Trin­ity-Bay de Verde MHA Char­lene John­son said, “ th­ese up­grades will re­sult in im­proved ser­vices for the res­i­dents of the area.”

Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Jerome Kennedy said: “Our in­vest­ment in the West­ern Bay Clinic demon­strates we re­al­ize the im­por­tance of not only mak­ing the clinic ac­ces­si­ble for pa­tients, but of­fer­ing an en­hanced level of ser­vice to those re­quir­ing treat­ment.”

The Carbonear-Har­bour Grace MHA said, “ the Wil­liams Gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing qual­ity health care to pa­tients through­out the prov­ince.”

Bud­get 2009 in­vested $50 mil­lion for new health equip­ment across the prov­ince, bring­ing the to­tal pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment in this area to over $173 mil­lion over the last five years.

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