New building brings health issues under one roof
gymnasium, a fitness room . . . and meeting rooms that can be rented,” Haggie told The Packet.
On the second floor, he says, there’ll be “an array of health care providers.
“You’ll have clinic space, nurse practitioners, diabetic coordinators, and social work and mental health.
“Those health facility proponents currently exist in a different location; scattered around the town and in the Bonavista Health Centre itself,” Haggie explained.
Haggie says having mental health and addictions services in a building with other health care facilities will offer a ‘non-stigmatized’ approach, as patients seen entering the building cannot be identified as ‘mental health’ or ‘addictions’ patients.
“The trigger for all this was the sudden loss of three or four key health care providers around three years ago,” Haggie explains.
“I think that really rather galvanized the community to work with the various other groups, such as the Discovery Health Foundation, and Eastern Health itself. Because the communities partnered, all sorts of little synergies . . . have started bubbling to the surface, and there’s this huge emergency, and you’ve seen that with the fundraising that’s gone on.”
The province is providing a half million dollars for the $2.23 million project. Eastern Health, the Discovery Health Foundation, the Bonavista Peninsula Dialysis Committee Health Foundation and other partners, are funding the rest of the cost.