Health and Community Services
November 22, 2010
Grand Falls-Windsor Medical
Facilities to Receive Funding
The Central Newfoundland Regional
Health Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor will benefit from
approximately $3.5 million in funding for capital equipment,
repairs and renovations. This is in addition to
the $7.9 million
investment announced in April of this year as part of Budget
2010 to continue the redevelopment of the Central Newfoundland
Regional Health Centre, which will total $30 million over four
The Honourable Jerome Kennedy,
Minister of Health and Community Services, was joined by the
Honourable Susan Sullivan,
Minister of Human
Resources, Labour and Employment and
MHA for Grand Falls-Windsor - Buchans;
Clayton Forsey, MHA for Exploits; Ray Hunter, MHA for Grand
Falls-Windsor - Green Bay South; and,
Chief Operating Officer, Central Newfoundland Regional Health
for today's announcement.
"Our government has a strong vision
for health care in this province," said Minister Kennedy. "We
know that by investing in the province's health today we will
strengthen our system for tomorrow and generations to come.
The health centre
in Grand Falls-Windsor provides essential health services to the
people of this region and these investments today continue to
demonstrate the Williams Government's commitment to the people
of our province."
The funding for the health centre will
see $2.75 million for capital equipment that will include the
machines; a dictation transcription system; a medications
carousel for drug distribution; automatic drug packaging system;
cardiology management system; a new ambulance; chemotherapy
telepharmacy admixture system; a cataract machine; two cardiac
monitors; and, 10 dialysis and lift chairs.
Repairs and renovations will also be
made to the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre
totalling $695,000 that will be used for upgrading nurse call
systems, roof repairs and for upgrades to hot water tanks.
As part of this funding Carmelite
House, the long-term care facility in Grand Falls-Windsor, will
receive $51,400 for five drug carts and new long-term care beds.
"I welcome the announcement of
additional funding for our health care facilities in Grand
Falls-Windsor," said Minister Sullivan. "Today's investment will
help ensure continued access to quality health care for
residents in the area."
"This is great news for the Exploits
Valley and Exploits area, as we all use this facility on a
regular basis, to meet our specialized health care needs," said
Mr. Forsey. "The increased funding to improve dialysis services
is especially welcome as there is a growing need for dialysis
treatment and this increase in funding will provide our
residents with the best in health care services."
"I am delighted with today's
announcement," said Mr. Hunter. "This will be a great help for
Grand Falls-Windsor - Green Bay South and the Central Region."
"This funding for capital equipment
and improved infrastructure will assist Central Health in its
ability to provide quality health care for the Central
Newfoundland region," said Mr. Tulk. "It is crucial that as we
strive to fulfill our mandate of healthy people in healthy
communities that our facilities have modern medical equipment to
assist in providing quality health care services."
The Right Investments
— For Our Children and Our Future
provided 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. In addition to the $30
million for the redevelopment of the Central Newfoundland
Regional Health Centre approximately $21.4 million has been
invested since 2003-04 for equipment
and repairs to the
Centre and Carmelite House.
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