Health Care funding announced for Carbonear and region
The Carbonear General Hospital has received approximately $1.2 million from the provincial government to enhance its health care services.
Minister of Health and Community Services and Carbonear-Harbour Grace MHA Jerome Kennedy made the announcement at the hospital on July 29.
Kennedy was joined by Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services and Trinity-Bay de Verde MHA Charlene Johnson; Pat Coish-Snow, vice-president of regional acute care with Eastern Health; and Carbonear Mayor Sam Slade.
Kennedy said the investments build “ health care capacity for this facility and for all of the communities that use these services.”
The hospital will receive $ 606,700 for key pieces of new equipment, including the following:
• nine replacement dialysis units; • a laproscopy cart; • four laprascopes; • an arthroscope used for joint diagnostic and treatment procedures; • eight phototherapy units; • a diagnostic display monitor; • and four stretchers. Johnson said residents will benefit from the funding, which “shows the commitment that our government has to providing the best health care possible in our province.”
The hospital will also benefit from $ 585,000 for roof repairs and upgrades to the air-handling unit.
The additional monies “ will assist Eastern Health enhance and improve the delivery of services in the local area ( by helping) us provide quality and safe care to the people we serve,” said Coish-Snow.
An additional $22,000 is being provided to Carbonear Interfaith to purchase patient lifts, and $ 4,500 for the Harbour Grace Health and Community Services office to purchase an infusion syringe pump.
“ The provision of new equipment will have a favourable impact on patients by providing services closer to their home,” said Slade.
The provincial government has also allocated $20 million for the continued construction of the new 250-bed long-term care facility in Carbonear. The facility is expected to be ready for occupancy in late 2014.
The provincial government is also continuing to plan and develop an adult residential addictions treatment centre in Harbour Grace.
Over the last several years, the government has invested approximately $ 18.4 million of infrastructure investment funding in the Carbonear General Hospital, Carbonear Interfaith and Harbour Lodge.