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New Brunswick

N.B. government to spend $16.1 million on medical equipment

FREDERICTON – The government of New Brunswick said it will provide $16.1 million for major equipment purchases by the province’s Regional Health Authorities during the fiscal year 2004-05. As part of the $16.1 million total, in November the province announced the following equipment purchasing plans:

Region 1: Health and Wellness Minister Elvy Robichaud announced an investment of $2 million in new equipment and technology for Region 1 – Beausejour. “This investment will involve the purchase of a CT simulator for the Dr. Léon Richard Oncology Centre in Moncton,” Robichaud said. “This new equipment is used to plan radiotherapy treatments using three-dimensional simulations, and will replace an aging unit that is 11 years old and is critical to providing radiotherapy treatments.”

He said that Region 1- Beausejour also received $758,000 this year to purchase other capital equipment valued at between $5,000 and $100,000.”Together with the major equipment purchase announced today, this brings our investment in Beausejour to more than $2.75 million in new equipment and technology this fiscal year,” Robichaud said. “Clearly we are addressing the commitment made in our Provincial Health Plan, Healthy Futures, to provide New Brunswickers with better access to quality health care and services through investments in priority medical equipment and technology.”

Robichaud also announced an investment of $890,000 in new equipment and technology for Region 1 SouthEast. “This investment will involve the purchase of a nuclear medicine dual-head gamma camera for The Moncton Hospital,” Robichaud said. “This unit is used to provide whole-body imaging and will improve the delivery of cardiac nuclear services to patients.”

Region 2: Robichaud announced an investment of almost $4.2 million in new equipment and technology for the Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation. “This investment includes $2.235 million for physiologic monitoring systems – used to monitor all body functions – to complete the replacement of existing equipment in various critical care services at several hospitals in Region 2,” Robichaud said. “It also includes $1.95 million for five radiology units to enhance diagnostic imaging capability at the Saint John Regional Hospital.” (Pictured: William Teed, chairman of the board, Atlantic Health Sciences Corp.; Health and Wellness Minister Elvy Robichaud; Dr. James O'Brien, chief of staff, Atlantic Health Sciences Corp.)

“The Atlantic Health Sciences Corporation certainly appreciates the significance of this announcement today, which will allow us to purchase the necessary equipment that will enhance the care we provide to our patients” said RHA 2 Chairman William H. Teed.

Region 4: The province will spend $2.52 million in new equipment and technology for Regional Health Authority 4. Included is $800,000 for a nuclear medicine gamma camera at the Edmundston Regional Hospital; $430,000 for a new fetal monitoring system for the OBS-GYN Department at the Edmundston Regional Hospital; $200,000 for a mobile radiographic / fluoroscopic (c-arm) unit for use throughout RHA 4; and $1.09 million for the development of a Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) network that links healthcare facilities in the region.

Yolande Lepage Cyr, the chair of RHA 4, said she is thrilled with the announcement. “We are privileged to be able to provide to the patients of our region access to high-quality equipment needed to practice medicine in this day and age,” she said. “We are proud to be able to offer such high-quality standards to the population through these major provincial investments.”

The PACS project will see radiology services within hospital emergency rooms and radiology departments around the province move to a filmless operation in order to improve storage and retrieval capability. It will also link facilities electronically to allow for greater consultation both within Regional Health Authority 4 and with specialists outside the region.

Robichaud said Regional Health Authority 4 also received $590,000 for other
capital equipment valued at between $5,000 and $100,000. “Together, this brings our investment in Region 4 to more than $3.1 million in new equipment and technology this year,” he said.

Region 5: Robichaud announced an investment of $1.175 million in new equipment and technology for the Restigouche Health Authority. Included is $225,000 for a new digital ultrasound scanner at the Campbellton Regional Hospital and $950,000 for the development of a Picture Archiving and Communication Systems (PACS) network that links heath-care facilities in the region.

Ruth Lyons, Acting President and CEO of the Restigouche Health Authority, said the announcement is good news for the patients of Region 5. “In the past, patients had to wait while the films were being developed but with this new technology, images are ready in a few seconds,” Lyons said. “We will now be able to transmit these images not only to the attending physician but also to a specialist on-call outside Region 5.”

The PACS project will see radiology services within hospital emergency rooms and radiology departments around the province move to a filmless operation in order to improve storage and retrieval capability. It will also link facilities electronically to allow for greater consultation both within the Restigouche Health Authority and with specialists outside the region.

The $950,000 allocated to Region 5 will be used to purchase a variety of PACS-related equipment identified as being needed by the Restigouche Health Authority.

The $1.175 million investment in RHA 5 is part of the more than $16 million in equipment purchases of more than $100,000 that have been allocated to the province’s Regional Health Authorities for the fiscal year 2004-05.Robichaud said the Restigouche Health Authority also received $512,000 for their capital equipment valued at between $5,000 and $100,000. “Together, this brings our investment in Region 5 to almost $1.7 million in new equipment and technology this year,” he said.

Region 6: The Acadie-Bathurst Health Authority will receive $750,000 for the purchase of a nuclear medicine gamma camera to be located in the Chaleur Regional Hospital. “We are proud to contribute to the implementation of the Provincial Health Plan by ensuring that this specialized service is accessible to the residents of the Acadie-Bathurst region, and to all New Brunswickers,” said Aldéoda Losier, CEO of Acadie-Bathurst Health Authority.

The $750,000 investment is part of the more than $16 million in equipment purchases worth more than $100,000 that have been allocated to the province’s regional health authorities for the 2004-05 fiscal year. Robichaud said the Acadie-Bathurst Health Authority also received $630,000 for capital equipment purchases valued at between $5,000 and $100,000. This brings our investment in Region 6 to almost $1.4 million in new equipment
and technology this year,’’ he said.

Region 7: An investment of $1.97 million in new equipment and technology was announced for the Miramichi Regional Health Authority, as well as provincial funding for a methadone maintenance program in Miramichi, beginning in January.

“On behalf of the Miramichi Regional Health Authority Board of Directors, I would like to thank the Department of Health and Wellness for this funding,” said Patrick Finnigan, board chair for the Miramichi Regional Health Authority. “This announcement is very positive for the Miramichi community, as it will allow the health authority to purchase necessary equipment that will benefit and enhance patient care in the region, and help hundreds of opiate-dependent individuals and their families in the community.”

Robichaud said the Provincial Health Plan included a commitment to establish a provincial methadone maintenance program to assist persons suffering from an opiate addiction.

Robichaud said the $1.97 million in new equipment and technology includes $760,000 for a new central system at the Miramichi Regional Hospital to monitor patient bedside monitors in departments such as emergency, ICU, recovery room and other patient rooms where cardiac patients are kept under close observation. The RHA is also receiving $640,000 for a digital general radiographic unit and $570,000 for the development of a Picture Archiving and Communication Systems’ (PACS) network that links health-care facilities in the region.

The PACS project will see radiology services within hospital emergency rooms and radiology departments around the province move to a filmless operation in order to improve storage and retrieval capability. It will also link facilities electronically to allow for greater consultation within RHA 7 as well as with specialists outside the region.

The $570,000 allocated to Region 7 for the PACS project will be used to purchase a variety of equipment identified as being needed by the RHA. The $1.97 million investment in RHA 7 is part of the $16.1 million in equipment purchases valued at more than $100,000 that have been allocated to the province’s Regional Health Authorities for the fiscal year 2004-05. Robichaud said Regional Health Authority 7 also received $437,000 for other capital equipment valued at between $5,000 and $100,000. “Together, this brings our investment in Region 7 to more than $2.4 million in new equipment and technology this year,” he said.

 

 

 

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