Health and Community Services
March 25, 2019

Construction to Begin on Emergency Department Re-design at the Bonavista Peninsula Health Centre

The Honourable John Haggie, Minister of Health and Community Services, today announced that construction will commence during summer 2019 on a $2.2 million re-design of the emergency department at the Bonavista Peninsula Health Centre.

The new emergency department will include space for triage, registration and waiting space, examination, trauma and observation areas, a nursing station and utility supports. The re-design will also provide improved patient and staff flow, improved patient privacy and confidentiality, as well as enhanced safety and security features bases on occupational health and safety standards.

In August 2018, Minister Haggie also announced the development of a $2.23 million wellness centre for the Bonavista Peninsula. This will include a gymnasium and exercise room, community kitchen, and meeting space. The centre will be the one main site in the community where people will be able to easily access primary health care services, focusing on chronic disease management, public health, home and community supports, and mental health and addictions.

Both projects were planned in consultation with Eastern Health, the Town of Bonavista, the Bonavista Primary Health Care Community Advisory Committee, Tip-a-Vista Wellness, the Discovery Health Foundation and area Lions Clubs. The projects are funded by the Provincial Government and Eastern Health, with contributions from the Discovery Health Foundation, area Lions Clubs, and other community partners.

Primary health care delivery in Bonavista is similar to the work being led by other primary health care teams in Botwood, Grand Bank, Gander, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, and Corner Brook. This initiative delivers on commitments in The Way Forward to deliver better services and better outcomes for residents. The Way Forward outlines all actions the Provincial Government is taking to achieve a strong, diversified province with a high standard of living. The Way Forward can be viewed at:

“Teamwork and community partnerships will advance the future of health care in rural Newfoundland and Labrador. Community groups on the Bonavista Peninsula are to be commended for their efforts in helping to see that quality health care in their region remains at the forefront for the benefit of all residents.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

“Bonavista Peninsula residents deserve improved health care services that will result from this important emergency department re-design. For communities to thrive their residents must have access to modern health care services and infrastructure. This announcement builds on our government’s commitment to bringing a 21st century approach to health and wellness.”
Neil King
MHA for Bonavista

“Eastern Health is pleased with the enhancements that we have been making in health care on the Bonavista Peninsula through collaboration with government and community partners. We each play a vital role in the delivery of high-quality health care which, in turn, makes for healthier people and healthier communities. Today’s announcement of improvements to the emergency department will optimize services and provide a better overall experience for patients.”
David Diamond
CEO and President, Eastern Health

“Through hard work, teamwork and years of volunteer dedication, the people of the Bonavista region continue to see improvements in services offered by our Provincial Government, specifically in this case, continued investments in our health care facilities and services. The emergency department project will enhance the livability of our region and aid significantly in socio-economic improvements. The over 8,200 people who live in the Bonavista region will continue to receive quality health care in more modern facilities at both our future wellness centre and emergency department. 2019 is certainly an exciting year in Bonavista.”
John Norman
Mayor, Town of Bonavista

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Media contacts
Kathy Dicks-Peyton
Health and Community Services
709-729-6986, 699-1982

Wanda Tremblett
Constituency Assistant to
Neil King, MHA for Bonavista

Tracey Boland
Eastern Health

Town of Bonavista

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