New build­ing brings health is­sues un­der one roof

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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.

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