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Health and Community Services
June 25, 2009

New Long-term Care Home Opens in Clarenville

A new long-term care home opened in Clarenville today. The Honourable Ross Wiseman, Minister of Health and Community Services, was joined by Joan Dawe, Board Chair of Eastern Health, and Vickie Kaminski, President and Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Health, in officially unveiling the Dr. Albert O�Mahony Memorial Manor.

"As Minister of Health and Community Services and MHA for Trinity North, I am thrilled to see the Dr. Albert O�Mahony Memorial Manor finally become a reality," said Minister Wiseman. "This home will enable generations of individuals with long-term care needs to avail of residential services near their families and home communities."

The Provincial Government invested $22 million to construct the new 44-bed home, which replaces Sunshine Manor, a small unit of the Dr. G.B. Cross Memorial Hospital which was used for long-term care needs in the region. The construction of the new home was carried out by Marco Construction following a call for proposals in early 2006.

The new home features private and semi-private accommodations, state-of-the art amenities such as ceiling track lifts to ensure safety of staff and residents, and energy efficient components. The home also offers a bright and cheerful atmosphere, space where residents can enjoy time with their families, and grounds where residents can plant flowers.

"This is truly an important day for those who need long-term care here in the Clarenville region," said Ms. Dawe. "A long-term care home such as this one is committed to the physical, mental and social health of its residents. And the healthier our residents are, the healthier the community will be."

"This new home will help to improve the quality of life for many residents," said Ms. Kaminski. "Knowing that our seniors are receiving the best possible care when they need it is a huge comfort to families."

The home was named in honour of the late Dr. Albert O�Mahony who provided medical services for the residents of the Clarenville area from 1969, when he moved to Newfoundland from Ireland, until his passing in October of 2007.

In addition to the Dr. Albert O�Mahony Memorial Manor, two new long-term care homes are currently under development in Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Corner Brook.

As part of Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation, the Provincial Government will invest approximately $800 million in new and re-developed infrastructure across the province this year.

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Media contact:

Ronalda Walsh
Director of Communications
Department of Health and Community Services
709-729-1377, 685-1741
Deborah Collins
Media Relations Manager
Eastern Health

2009 06 25                                                    3:35 p.m.

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