Health and Community Services Minister Susan Sullivan announced more than $797,000 in health-care funding for western Newfoundland today and was on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony to officially open a new dialysis unit at the Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre in Port aux Basques.
That health centre and the Calder Health Centre in Burgeo will receive a total of $797,300 for infrastructure upgrades and new capital equipment.
Funding announced for the Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre includes $325,000 for kitchen upgrades and renovations to medical imaging and laboratory services. An additional $349,400 has been allocated for the purchase of equipment including $200,000 for the replacement of kitchen equipment, $22,500 for a bariatric bed, mattress and wheelchair and$22,000 for fluid analyzers and centrifuges.
The Calder Health Centre will receive $122,900 for the purchase of medical equipment including $24,000 for a cardiac monitor, $17,000 for an EKG machine and $12,000 for electronic patient beds.
“Our government continues to make strategic investments in health care infrastructure and services throughout the province,” said Sullivan. “We continue to build our health care capacity and ability to provide exceptional care for residents as close to their homes as possible. The residents in Port aux Basques and Burgeo will benefit from these enhancements today, tomorrow and into the future.”
Dr. Susan Gillam, CEO, Western Health, said today’s announcements of funding for medical and laboratory equipment will enhance the region’s ability to provide quality health-care services to the people in the Port aux Basques area and in Burgeo. “We are pleased to partner with the provincial government to make strategic investments in health care in our region,” Gillam said.
The dialysis unit at the Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre, which has been operational since June 2011, provides dialysis services to 12 patients, three days a week. The provincial government allocated $1.1 million to establish new satellite dialysis units in Port aux Basques and Labrador west.
Sullivan said the addition of this new centre positively impacts the quality of life of people who receive dialysis by allowing them to remain as close to home as possible for treatment.