Health and Community Services
May 25, 2018

More than $2.3 Million Invested in Health Care on the Great Northern Peninsula

Through an investment of more than $2.3 million, people on the Great Northern Peninsula will benefit from new equipment and upgrades at several health care facilities in the area. The announcement was made today in St. Anthony by the Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services and the Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation and MHA for St. Barbe – L’Anse aux Meadows.

Approximately $1.9 million will be invested in the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital in St. Anthony for repairs and renovations. This includes upgrading the electrical system, the development of a new primary health care and family practice area and a roof replacement for the “old hospital” section of the facility. The hospital will also receive $286,000 for new medical equipment, such as blood collection lab equipment and patient lifts. Approximately $50,000 will also be provided to carry out upgrades to a number of Labrador Grenfell Health staff accommodations in the Roddickton-Bide Arm area.

Labrador-Grenfell Health provides services to approximately 37,000 people, covering the communities north of Bartlett’s Harbour on the Northern Peninsula and all of Labrador. The health authority employs approximately 1,500 staff and operates twenty-two facilities.

This initiative delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living, and can be viewed at thewayforward.gov.nl.ca.

Quotes
“It is a pleasure to be here on the Great Northern Peninsula to meet with residents and health care staff. I am also pleased to announce this funding which will provide valuable equipment and help with facility upgrades and renovations. We must continue to invest in our health care infrastructure, so we can better meet the needs of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

“I am very excited with today's investment from Department of Health and Community Services of over $2.3 million for equipment and infrastructure upgrades. All residents of the Great Northern Peninsula and users of this hospital will benefit from these investments. In particular, the development of a new primary health care/family practice area is certainly an important one for residents to experience improved access and delivery of care.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Tourism, Culture, Innovation and Industry and MHA for St. Barbe - L'Anse aux Meadows

“Today’s announcement is a significant investment in our region. As Chair of Labrador Grenfell Health, Minister Haggie’s visit is a welcome one and the funding will help improve infrastructure and health care delivery for the people we serve.”
Boyd Noel
Chair of Labrador Grenfell Health

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Learn More

The Way Forward - www.gov.nl.ca/thewayforward/

Media contacts
Emily Timmins
Health and Community Services
709-729-6986, 693-1292
EmilyTimmins@gov.nl.ca

Lavinia Crisby
Constituency Assistant to
Hon. Christopher Mitchelmore
790-454-2633
LaviniaCrisby@gov.nl.ca

Amanda MacNeil
Labrador Grenfell Health
790-897-3102
amanda.macneil@lghealth.ca

2018 05 25                              1:55 p.m.