Site work expected this year
Long-term care facility expected to get off ground in Carbonear in 2011
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.”
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.