Fund­ing for health fa­cil­i­ties

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BY BILL BOW­MAN

The prov­ince will spend $3.8 mil­lion for new equip­ment, re­pairs and ren­o­va­tions for the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, In­ter­faith Home and Har­bour Lodge.

The pro­vin­cial govern­ment is spend­ing $3.8 mil­lion for new equip­ment, re­pairs and ren­o­va­tions for the Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, In­ter­faith Home and Har­bour Lodge. The equip­ment in­cludes ev­ery­thing from a new $1.44 mil­lion CT Scan­ner for the hos­pi­tal’s di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing depart­ment to a new dish­washer for the Har­bour Lodge.

In mak­ing the an­nounce­ment at the hos­pi­tal on Fri­day, Aug. 20, Health Min­is­ter Jerome Kennedy said the prov­ince has in­vested some $ 11.3 mil­lion in health care and equip­ment in­fra­struc­ture re­pairs and ren­o­va­tions in the Car­bon­ear area in the last three years.

The Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA noted the scan­ner was ac­tu­ally in­stalled ear­lier this month and the first pa­tient scan took place Aug. 9.

Kennedy pointed out the new equip­ment not only speeds up the scan­ning process for pa­tients, but also en­sures area res­i­dents “ have ac­cess to these ser­vices in their own com­mu­nity.” The in­vest­ment also in­cludes: • $799,000 for fa­cil­ity up­grades in­clud­ing, roof re­pairs, a re­view of the elec­tri­cal dis­tri­bu­tion sys­tem, med­i­cal gas pip­ing, and fire and life safety equip­ment;

• $ 575,000 for the re­place­ment of car­diac equip­ment in­clud­ing de­fib­ril­la­tors and mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems, and the re­place­ment of 20 beds at the fa­cil­ity;

• $561,000 for di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing, lab­o­ra­tory, la­paroscopy, oph­thal­mol­ogy, bron­cho­scope and en­do­scope equip­ment;

• $174,000 for a ster­il­izer; and, $19,000 for an in­fant warmer. Long-term care While ac­knowl­edg­ing his an­nounce­ment had noth­ing to do with the long term care fa­cil­ity planned for the area to re­place the ag­ing In­ter­faith Home and Har­bour Lodge, Kennedy pointed out “it is im­por­tant that we con­tinue to in­vest (in these older fa­cil­i­ties) un­til the new one is in place.

The Car­bon­ear In­ter­faith Home is re­ceiv­ing $169,000 for a new bathing sys­tem and ex­te­rior brick­work ren­o­va­tions, while the Har­bour Lodge is get­ting $29,000 for a new dish­washer and safety switches.

He said the prov­ince rec­og­nizes the im­por­tance of con­tin­u­ing to in­vest in long-term care ser­vices in Car­bon­ear and sur­round­ing ar­eas while con­struc­tion be­gins on the new 250-bed long-term care fa­cil­ity in that area through a $4 mil­lion in­vest­ment in Bud­get 2010.

This also in­cludes the rede­vel­op­ment of am­bu­la­tory care for Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal.

Ten­der for pre­lim­i­nary site work for park­ing re­lo­ca­tion closed last month, and a ten­der for $ 1.2 mil­lion for park­ing and san­i­tary sewer ex­ten­sion is ex­pected to be is­sued later this month, Kennedy said. Ten­ders for the main con­struc­tion of the new long-term care fa­cil­ity are ex­pected to be called in the spring of 2011 with ex­pected oc­cu­pancy in late fall 2014.

Health and strength

Trin­ity-Bay de Verde Bay de Verde MHA Char­lene John­son, who was also on hand for last week’s an­nounce­ment, sug­gested, “if you don’t have your health you don’t have any­thing.” And that’s why it’s so im­por­tant for govern­ment to con­tinue in­vest­ing in this kind of equip­ment.

“ In­vest­ments in the Car­bon­ear Hos­pi­tal com­ple­ment the hos­pi­tal in Old Per­li­can and med­i­cal clin­ics... (in her district) and en­sure in­di­vid­u­als are able to avail of nec­es­sary health care ser­vices when and where they need them,” the En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter ob­served.

Vickie Kamin­ski, pres­i­dent and CEO of East­ern Health said, “the in­stal­la­tion of new equip­ment and im­prove­ments to in­fra­struc­ture will en­hance the qual­ity of health care for pa­tients at Car­bon­ear Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal and our longterm care res­i­dents.”

Other in­vest­ments

Other re­cent in­vest­ments for the Car­bon­ear area in­clude ap­prox­i­mately $1.2 mil­lion for a new tran­si­tion house in Car­bon­ear to be op­er­ated by the Iris Kirby Board of Di­rec­tors. Kennedy says he ex­pects the cen­tre will open around mid Septem­ber.

This in­cludes $411,000 for one-time re­pairs and ren­o­va­tions to the for­mer Pre­sen­ta­tion Con­vent build­ing and ap­prox­i­mately $816,000 for staffing, house­hold and op­er­at­ing costs.

The fi­nal project Kennedy men­tioned was $2 mil­lion for the plan­ning and devel­op­ment of an adult res­i­den­tial ad­dic­tions treat­ment cen­tre in Har­bour Grace.

Dr. Ken Ringer, clin­i­cal chief, di­ag­nos­tic imag­ing, Car­bon­ear Gen­eral (sec­ond from right); gives Trin­ity Bay de Verde MHA Char­lene John­son, Car­bon­ear-Har­bour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy and East­ern Health CEO Vicki Kaminiski a guided tour of the new $1.44 mil­lion CT Scan­ner at the Car­bon­ear hos­pi­tal.

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