Health Care fund­ing an­nounced for Car­bon­ear and re­gion

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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.

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