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May 7, 2010

New Urology Outreach Program Offered at Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital

The Provincial Government is continuing to make significant investments in health care in the Stephenville region of the province. Through an investment of over $950,000 in Budget 2010: The Right Investments - For Our Children and Our Future, a new urology outreach program has been implemented at the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital in Stephenville. This program will provide support for enhanced access for patients in the region.

The program was officially launched today by the Honourable Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Health and Community Services. Minister Kennedy was joined by Susan Gillam, President and CEO of Western Health, the Honourable Joan Burke, MHA for St George's-Stephenville East and Port au Port MHA Tony Cornect.

"Ensuring that health care programs and services are available closer to home for all residents in our province remains a priority for our government," said Minister Kennedy. "The introduction of a urology program in the Stephenville region will provide better access to services and will greatly reduce the need to travel to Corner Brook to receive care."

The new outreach program at the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital will provide flexible cystoscopy procedures and outpatient consultation on a weekly basis to reduce wait times, which is approximately 16 weeks, down to a more reasonable period of six or seven weeks.

"Enhancing access for the people of our region is a strategic goal for Western Health," said Ms. Gillam. "We would like to thank the staff, managers and physicians involved in this program for working together for the benefit of the people that we serve."

The investment includes over $410,000 in equipment for the outreach program, in addition to new positions to support the program at Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital, including the services of a licensed practical nurse and a registered nurse.

"The Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital plays an integral role to the health care services provided to the people of our province and in particular the West Coast," said Minister Burke. "I am very pleased to see new programs welcomed to our hospital that will reduce wait times, create new employment and provide additional services to the area. This is another example of our government's commitment to providing quality health care and services to the people of our province."

"This new specialized service will enhance the quality health care already being provided to area residents at the Sir Thomas Roddick Hospital," said Mr. Cornect. "It is yet another example of this government's commitment to health care in all parts of our province."
Since 2003, the Williams Government has invested over $5 million in health care equipment, repairs and renovations in the Stephenville region.

Budget 2010 will see an investment of $208.9 million for health care infrastructure throughout the province, including investments in new construction, redevelopment of existing facilities, purchase of new medical equipment and repairs and maintenance.

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Media contact:

Jennifer Tulk
Communications Manager
Department of Health and Community Services
709-729-1399, 699-6524
Heidi Staeben-Simmons
Director of Communications
Western Health
Janine Carter
Constituency Assistant to
Hon. Joan Burke, MHA for St. George's—Stephenville East
Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

2010 05 07                       2:55 p.m.

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