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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 years.

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, Sean Tulk, Chief Operating Officer, Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre 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 purchase of 16 dialysis 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."

Budget 2010: 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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Media contacts:

Tansy Mundon
Director of Communications
Department of Health and Community Services
709-729-1377, 685-2646

Shelley Abbott
Executive Assistant to
Hon. Susan Sullivan
MHA for Grand Falls-Windsor-Buchans

Donna Ivey
Communications Manager
Government Members Office
709-729-0898, 697-1424

Roger Pike
Director of Communications
Central Health

2010 11 22                                                     11:15 a.m.


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