Health min­is­ter an­nounces $2.3 mil­lion for North­ern Penin­sula fa­cil­i­ties

In­cludes funds for de­vel­op­ment of new pri­mary health care and fam­ily prac­tice area in St. An­thony

Northern Pen - - Front page - BY STEPHEN ROBERTS stephen.roberts@north­ern­pen.ca

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment is pro­vid­ing $2.3 mil­lion of fund­ing for health care fa­cil­i­ties in St. An­thony and Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm.

Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter John Hag­gie an­nounced the fund­ing on May 25 at the Charles S. Cur­tis Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal ro­tunda in St. An­thony

Also present for the an­nounce­ment were St. Barbe – L’Anse aux Mead­ows MHA Christopher Mitchel­more and Labrador-Gren­fell Health (LGH) board chair Boyd Noel.

“Over the course of the last three years, dur­ing a time when we’ve re­ally scraped for ev­ery dol­lar, my depart­ment has been able to put north of $4.5 mil­lion of health care in­vest­ment into St. An­thony and the sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, through var­i­ous projects,” said Hag­gie. “And so, to build on that, I’m here to tell you about this year’s pot of $2.3 mil­lion for this area and its sur­round­ing health care in­fra­struc­ture.”

Of the $2.3 mil­lion to­tal, $1.9 mil­lion will go to­wards Charles S. Cur­tis Me­mo­rial Hospi­tal in St. An­thony.

“It is still the in­fra­struc­ture hub for health care for this part of the world,” the Min­is­ter said.

These funds will go to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of a new pri­mary health care and fam­ily prac­tice area, as well as for a roof re­place­ment at “old hospi­tal” sec­tion of the fa­cil­ity.

Just shy of $290,000 has also been al­lot­ted for new equip­ment in the build­ing, in­clud­ing pa­tient lifts, blood lab col­lec­tion equip­ment, amongst other items.

An­other $50,000 will be pro­vided for up­grades to Labrador-Gren­fell Health staff ac­com­mo­da­tions at the White Bay Health Cen­tre in Rod­dick­tonBide Arm.

“I’m pleased to­day to an­nounce these com­mit­ments and these fi­nan­cial in­vest­ments in this area, that fit in well with the health depart­ment’s di­rec­tion and LGH’s needs, it fits in with our gov­ern­ment pol­icy,” Hag­gie said. “And my fo­cus is al­ways for bet­ter out­comes for the peo­ple of this prov­ince and wher­ever they live. And I do be­lieve this $2.3 mil­lion, build­ing on the $4.5 mil­lion that’s al­ready com­ing here over the two pre­vi­ous fis­cal years, will do just that.”

Hag­gie also made stops at the health care fa­cil­i­ties in Rod­dick­ton-Bide Arm and Flower’s Cove dur­ing his visit to the North­ern Penin­sula.

STEPHEN ROBERTS/THE NORTH­ERN PEN

Health and Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Min­is­ter John Hag­gie an­nounced $2.3 mil­lion for the health care fa­cil­i­ties on the Great North­ern Penin­sula on May 25.

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