Health and Community Services
August 31, 2015

Supporting Strong Health Care Infrastructure

Provincial Government Invests Over $1 Million in Health Care on the Burin Peninsula

An investment of over $1 million by the Provincial Government will support the purchase of new equipment and infrastructure upgrades at health care facilities on the Burin Peninsula.

“Investments in our province’s health care facilities are vital to ensure the provision of quality services to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians. Healthy communities are a key component of our government’s Population Growth Strategy.”
- The Honourable Steve Kent, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Community Services

The U.S. Memorial Health Centre in St. Lawrence will receive approximately $520,000 to support enhanced patient comfort and care. One of the air handling units in the centre will be replaced to maintain the integrity of the building’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems.

“This funding announcement for U.S. Memorial in St. Lawrence demonstrates government’s continued commitment to investing in health care services in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. By investing in this infrastructure upgrade, we are ensuring the viability of a vital medical facility for the residents of St. Lawrence and surrounding area.”
- The Honourable Darin King, Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development and MHA for the District of Grand Bank

The Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre in Burin will receive approximately $560,000, for the following:

  • $400,000 to complete renovations to the centre’s pharmacy;
  • $135,000 for the purchase of new equipment including replacement beds and stretchers, as well as a new portable ultrasound machine for the emergency department; and
  • $25,000 to upgrade washrooms.

“These investments continue to show government's support for improved healthcare on the Burin Peninsula. Quality healthcare is key to every individual, and improvements such as these impact everyone.”
- The Honourable Clyde Jackman, Minister of Seniors, Wellness and Social Development and MHA for the District of Burin-Placentia West

As part of Budget 2015, funding of $500,000 was allocated to advance the development of a new 12-bed protective care residence in Burin for people with mild to moderate dementia. The site work for the residence has been tendered. Planning and design work is underway by external consultant Meridian Engineering and a tender for building construction will be issued once the design is complete.

“Government’s investment in new technology, equipment, and infrastructure allows our staff and physicians to provide the best possible care using the most up-to-date tools available. With this investment, we can now ensure the delivery of quality health care services for the communities on the Burin Peninsula for many years to come.”
- Calvin Peach, MHA for the District of Bellevue

Budget 2015 includes a total of $133.7 million to ensure access to new and modern health care facilities and equipment for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, including $40 million for new health care equipment and $20 million for repair and renovation projects.

QUICK FACTS

  • An investment of over $1 million by the Provincial Government will support the purchase of new equipment and infrastructure upgrades at health care facilities on the Burin Peninsula.
  • The U.S. Memorial Health Centre in St. Lawrence will receive approximately $520,000 to support enhanced patient comfort and care.
  • The Burin Peninsula Health Care Centre in Burin will receive approximately $560,000, for the following: $400,000 to complete renovations to the centre’s pharmacy; $135,000 for the purchase of new equipment; and $25,000 to upgrade washrooms.
  • Budget 2015 includes a total of $133.7 million to ensure access to new and modern health care facilities and equipment for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, including $40 million for new health care equipment and $20 million for repair and renovation projects.
  • Live Here, Work Here, Belong Here, A Population Growth Strategy for Newfoundland and Labrador, 2015-2025 is the Provincial Government’s 10-year plan to support individuals and families. For more information: http://homeforgoodnl.ca External Link.

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Media contacts:

Tina Williams
Director of Communications
Department of Health and Community Services
709-729-1377, 728-2837
tinawilliams@gov.nl.ca
Derick Reid
Executive Assistant to the
Honourable Darin King
MHA for Grand Bank
709-729-2568
derickreid@gov.nl.ca
Janice Brushett
Constituency Assistant to the
Honourable Clyde Jackman
MHA for Burin - Placentia West
709-891-5607
janicebrushett@gov.nl.ca
Terri Temple
Constituency Assistant to
Calvin Peach
MHA for Bellevue
709-729-1546
territemple@gov.nl.ca

2015 08 31                              11:10 a.m.