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June 11, 2010

New Long-Term Care Facility Officially Opened in Corner Brook

The Williams Government is further illustrating its commitment to enhancing the long-term care system throughout the province with the official opening of a new long-term care home in Corner Brook. The Honourable Danny Williams, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, officially opened the facility today, one of several significant investments the Provincial Government is making in long-term care.

Premier Williams was joined at the opening ceremony by the Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Health and Community Services; the Honourable Tom Marshall, MHA for Humber East; Dr. Susan Gillam, President and CEO of Western Health; and Corner Brook Mayor Neville Greeley. The new facility will complement four protective community residences which are already completed and occupied, which represents a total investment of $68.5 million in long-term care in the area.

"Providing access to quality care at every stage of life is a priority for our government and we are continuing to make strategic investments to enhance the health care system throughout Newfoundland and Labrador," said Premier Williams. "This new model of care, which includes a long-term care facility and Protective Community Residences, has proven to be highly successful in helping to improve the lives of residents and their families elsewhere. We are very proud to officially open this new long-term care home in Corner Brook."

The 236-bed facility is a four-storey structure which is fully equipped with resident care features, including ceiling track lifts in a majority of the rooms where appropriate and a resident wander guard system. The facility also features specialty program areas, including a protective care unit and a behavioral care unit, as well as a dedicated Veterans Affairs unit. The facility is also specifically designed to maximize energy savings.

"The opening of this new long-term care facility in Corner Brook is reflective of our overall major investment in long-term care throughout the province," said Minister Kennedy. "The Williams Government is committed to providing quality health care for all residents of the province, and our announcement today is especially noteworthy as June is Seniors Month. Seniors make an important contribution to our society and I am pleased that our government continues to support our seniors through investments like the new long-term care facility in Corner Brook."

"Today represents the fulfillment of a dream of the citizens of this area to provide a proper and modern facility for their loved ones," said Minister Marshall. "I thank all those involved in this project, especially Premier Williams, for making this dream a reality when so many others promised it, but failed to deliver. Senior citizens of the area will enjoy the benefits of this modern, state-of-the-art facility which they so richly deserve."

In September 2009, the Provincial Government officially cut the ribbon to open four new Protective Care Residences in Corner Brook, which offer a new model of residential and community care designed to promote independence and improve the quality of life of individuals with mild to moderate dementia. Western Health received the National Quality of Life Award last June from the Canadian College of Health Service Executives in recognition of the positive impacts this new model is having upon families, residents and staff.

"We are especially proud of these new investments in long-term care," said Dr. Gillam. "The new long-term care facility and the Protective Community Residences are not only state-of-the-art facilities, but also incorporate best practice for seniors in terms of design, layout, equipment and staffing models."

"This new facility will certainly improve the quality of life for our residents requiring long-term care, and it will go a long way in strengthening health care services in our city and region," said Mayor Greeley. "The residents of Western Newfoundland have been collectively lobbying for a long-term care facility for over ten years and it is very rewarding to finally see this facility open its doors. Our residents will be well served by this magnificent facility."

The Williams Government invested $3 million in Budget 2010: The Right Investments — For Our Children and Our Future to finish construction of the Corner Brook long-term care facility. Other significant investments in long-term care in Budget 2010 include $27.3 million for the continued development of two new long-term care facilities in St. John's; $4 million to start construction on a new 250-bed long-term care facility in Carbonear; as well as $2.1 million to finalize the long-term care facility in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. Approximately $1.7 million will be invested in a new protective care community residence in Bonavista with specialized care and accommodations for individuals with mild to moderate dementia.

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Media contacts:

Elizabeth Matthews
Director of Communications
Office of the Premier
Andrea Nolan
Press Secretary
Office of the Premier
709-729-4304, 727-0991
Tansy Mundon
Director of Communications
Department of Health and
Community Services
709-729-1377, 685-2646
Heidi Staeben-Simmons
Director of Communications
Western Health
Lary Wells
Executive Assistant to
Hon. Tom Marshall, MHA Humber East
Mayor Neville Greeley
City of Corner Brook

2010 06 11                                                      12:20 p.m.

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