Jackman offers up details on local health care funding
It was a little bit of old news, delivered by a new health minister today in Burin.
Burin- Placentia West MHA Clyde Jackman, in his new role as Minister of Health and Community Services, was at the Burin Peninsula Health Care Center to announce planning and design of a 12-bed protective care residence for Burin.
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MHA Clyde Jackman, Minister of Health and Community Servceswas at the Burin Peninsula Health Care center today to offically announce funding one million dollars for the health care center.
The province had already announced the protective care residence for Burin in its budget for 2014-15, unveiled in March.
Today Jackman announced the province has enlisted Meridian Engineering Inc, of Clarenville, to design the residence.
Jackman also announced $1 million in funding for new equipment for the Health Care Centre.
The funding will be broken down with $744,400 going to purchase five new patient beds, one ultrasound system, a fetal monitor, two sets of phototherapy lights and a laboratory microscope.
Another $300,000 will be spent to replace the exterior doors and upgrade the existing electrical system enclosure with a weather-resistant enclosure and an elevated concrete pad.
The minister was joined by Don Keats, interim CEO for Eastern Health, and Burin Mayor Kevin Lundrigan , for today’s announcement.
Earlier in the day Jackman and Grand Bank MHA Darrin King were in Grand Bank to announce health care funding; including $350,000 to replace the old back-up generator at Blue Crest Nursing Home and $200,000 for exterior upgrades to the Grand Bank Health Care Centre. Blue Crest will also get $15,000 for a gardening project at that facility.