Site work ex­pected this year

Long-term care fa­cil­ity ex­pected to get off ground in Carbonear in 2011

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN AND DENISE PIKE

Construction will be­gin next year on a new 250-bed long-term care fa­cil­ity in Carbonear with an ini­tial in­vest­ment of $4 mil­lion, ac­cord­ing to last week’s pro­vin­cial bud­get.

Pre­lim­i­nary site work is ex­pected to be­gin this year on the Carbonear Gen­eral Hospi­tal site. The project also in­cludes the re­de­vel­op­ment of am­bu­la­tory care for the Carbonear Gen­eral Hospi­tal.

Some $ 500,000 had al­ready been al­lo­cated in last year’s bud­get ( 2009) for the plan­ning and de­vel­op­ment process for the fa­cil­ity.

Early in the New Year ( 2010) Port de Grave MHA Roland But­ler ques­tioned why none of that money had been spent up to the end of last year ( 2009).

At the time Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter Jerome Kennedy ex­plained for The Com­pass that they hadn’t spent any of the money be­cause they didn’t need to - a lot of the work had al­ready been done for them.

“ We didn’t have to spend any money on the land be­cause the Depart­ment of Health al­ready owns it and we didn’t have to spend any money on the de­sign work be­cause we al­ready have a tem­plate de­sign plan in place. We’re go­ing to use the same build­ing plan that was used to re­place the Hoyles Es­ca­soni Com­plex in St. John’s,” the Carbonear-Har­bour Grace MHA ex­plained at the time.

With the site for the new fa­cil­ity al­ready se­lected, Kennedy said the site eval­u­a­tion and as­sess­ment was un­der­way. By late fall of this year (2010) he hoped a prime con­sul­tant would have a detailed plan pre­pared. He ex­pected the project should go to ten­der by the end of this year (2010) and the con­tract awarded by Fe­bru­ary 2011.

Construction on the project is ex­pected to be­gin in April 2011.

The fa­cil­ity to be called the Carbonear Long-Term Care fa­cil­ity or Avalon North Long-Term Care fa­cil­ity will re­place the ag­ing Har­bour Lodge and In­ter­faith Cit­i­zens Home.

Strength­en­ing long-term care

The money ear­marked for the Carbonear project is part of ap­prox­i­mately $60 mil­lion gov­ern­ment says it will spend to im­prove ser­vices and en­hance sup­ports across the prov­ince with the goal of a re­vi­tal­ized and strength­ened long-term care and com­mu­nity sup­ports ser­vices sys­tem.

“ New­found­land and Labrador has an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion and our gov­ern­ment ac­knowl­edges the need to strengthen our prov­ince’s long-term care and com­mu­nity sup­port sys­tems,” Min­is­ter Kennedy said last week.

“ Bud­get 2010 rec­og­nizes the need for con­tin­ued in­vest­ment in long-term care fa­cil­i­ties and pro­vides the fi­nan­cial and hu­man re­sources that are es­sen­tial to the sus­tain­abil­ity of long-term health care through­out this prov­ince.”

Bud­get 2010 in­cludes in­vest­ments to sig­nif­i­cantly ad­vance the de­vel­op­ment of two new longterm care fa­cil­i­ties in St. John’s and a new fa­cil­ity in Carbonear. The long-term care fa­cil­i­ties in St. John’s will be lo­cated on the site of the old Janeway Apart­ments in Pleas­antville and will ac­com­mo­date 460 res­i­dents. Bud­get 2010 pro­vides $27.3 mil­lion for the con­tin­u­a­tion of the project.

Some $797,700 will go to­wards pro­vid­ing an ex­pan­sion of the cov­er­age for the cur­rent in­sulin pump ther­apy pro­gram, to in­clude adults from the ages 18 to 25. There are ap­prox­i­mately 450 di­a­bet­ics us­ing in­sulin pump ther­apy through­out the prov­ince. Pre­vi­ously gov­ern­ment pro­vided fund­ing for chil­dren up to the age of 18 years.

“ This gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing to in­vest in the health and well be­ing of all our res­i­dents, es­pe­cially our chil­dren and young adults,” said Min­is­ter Kennedy. “ This fund­ing will help us build on the suc­cess of the cur­rent pro­gram and ex­pand it to reach more res­i­dents who de­pend on in­sulin pump ther­apy.”

New equip­ment

Bud­get 2010 will pro­vide $52.2 mil­lion for new equip­ment through­out the prov­ince, in­clud­ing:

• $3.5 mil­lion for the re­place­ment of CT scan­ners at the Carbonear Gen­eral Hospi­tal and the Janeway Chil­dren’s Health and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tre; • $4.4 mil­lion for a new MRI ma­chine at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospi­tal; • Ap­prox­i­mately $3 mil­lion for the pur­chase of new lab­o­ra­tory equip­ment around the prov­ince; • $2.7 mil­lion for the pro­vin­cial car­diac care pro­gram; and, • $2.1 mil­lion for the pur­chase of new ul­tra­sound ma­chines around the prov­ince.

Ap­prox­i­mately $31.6 mil­lion will be al­lo­cated for re­pairs and ren­o­va­tions of ex­ist­ing health care fa­cil­i­ties through­out the prov­ince.

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