Health and Community Services
August 23, 2010
Gander Area Residents to Benefit from Health
Residents of Gander and surrounding areas will
receive enhanced health care services with approximately $3.7 million in
Provincial Government funding for the purchase of new medical equipment
and repairs and renovations to the James Paton Memorial Regional Health
Centre and Lakeside Homes. The Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of
Health and Community Services, was in Gander today and was joined by the
Honourable Kevin O’Brien, MHA for Gander; Karen McGrath, CEO, Central
Health; and, Claude Elliott, Mayor of Gander.
"The James Paton Memorial Regional Health
Centre and Lakeside Homes play a pivotal role in meeting the health and
long-term care needs of the residents living in this region," said
Minister Kennedy. "Our government is committed to investing in health
care infrastructure in this area so that residents of Gander and
surrounding communities have access to quality health care services when
and where needed."
This Provincial Government investment for the
James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre includes $375,000 for a
regional transcription system; $300,000 for the purchase of two new
ambulances; $250,000 for two new chemistry analyzers; $250,000 for an
automatic medicine dispensing system; $225,000 for the replacement of
nine dialysis machines; $225,000 for a new cardiology management system;
$150,000 for drug storage units; $110,000 for multi-plate computed
radiography readers; $108,000 for a meal delivery system; $100,000 for
an operating room management system; $83,700 for laboratory equipment;
$83,000 for endoscopy equipment; $80,000 for mammography biopsy upgrade
equipment; and, $57,000 for other patient care and support equipment.
Repairs and renovations to the facility include $275,000 for elevator
upgrades; $275,000 for pharmacy upgrades for chemotherapy; and, $140,000
for the replacement of windows and fuel tanks.
"This is certainly fantastic news today for
the residents of Gander and surrounding areas," said the Honourable
Kevin O’Brien, MHA for Gander. "With new medical equipment, repairs and
renovations being done at James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre
and Lakeside Homes this will only mean improved health care for the
individuals in our community. The Provincial Government is committed to
providing the best health care system they can for the residents of
Newfoundland and Labrador."
Lakeside Homes, a long-term care facility
which provides residential accommodations for seniors with high-care
needs and includes a protective care unit for residents suffering from
dementia, will also receive approximately $574,000. This includes
$450,000 for kitchen upgrades; approximately $88,500 for new dietary and
laundry equipment; and, $35,400 for the purchase of five drug carts.
"The significant investments by government
into secondary health care facilities will dramatically assist Central
Health fulfill its mandate of healthy people in healthy communities,"
said Karen McGrath, CEO of Central Health. "The purchase of new patient
care and support equipment in our James Paton Memorial Regional Health
Centre will allow us to provide the necessary back-up to our more rural
Since 2003, the Williams Government has
invested approximately $16.8 million in capital equipment, repairs and
renovations at the James Paton Memorial Regional Health Centre and
Lakeside Homes. This includes almost $13.5 million for medical equipment
such as a new MRI machine, digital x-ray and mammography units, dialysis
machines, cardiac stress test equipment and three new ambulances.
Approximately $3.3 million was invested for repairs and upgrades,
including renovations to the cancer clinic and protective care unit, and
upgrades to fire alarm and kitchen equipment.
Budget 2010: The Right Investments – For
Our Children and Our Future includes $208.9 million for health care
infrastructure throughout the province. This includes $177.3 million for
new facilities and equipment and $31.6 million for repairs and
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