N.B. announces $3.54 million for med
CAMPBELLTON, N.B. – The Restigouche Health Authority will receive $3.54
million for the purchase of new medical equipment, including a new CT
Scanner, Health and Wellness Minister Elvy Robichaud announced earlier
“As stated in our Provincial Health Plan, Healthy Futures, we are
committed to providing New Brunswickers with better access to quality
healthcare and services through investments in priority medical
diagnostic equipment and technology,” Robichaud said. “The investment we
are making in the Restigouche Health Authority will help us achieve our
goal of providing quality healthcare.”
left, Ruth Lyons, senior vice-president, Restigouche Health Authority;
Health and Wellness Minister Elvy Robichaud; Edouard Maltais, board
chair, Restigouche Health Authority.
“I wish to thank the minister for the continued commitment of his
department in improving healthcare in our region, and especially for the
purchase of state of the art medical equipment and technology,” said
Édouard Maltais, chair of the board of directors of the Restigouche
Health Authority. “This investment of $3.54 million dollars will enable
health institutions in our region to buy new equipment or to replace
The $1.2 million CT Scanner will be located at the Campbellton Regional
Hospital. CT Scanners produce thin cross-sectional images for a wide
variety of diagnostic imaging exams.
Another $350,000 will be invested in the purchase of five hemodialysis
machines and a water purification system for the new satellite dialysis
unit to be located at the St. Joseph Community Health Centre in
“This is one of four satellite units being established across the
province this year to bring this vital service closer to where New
Brunswickers live,” Robichaud said.
The top two capital equipment priorities established by the Restigouche
Health Authority were also addressed by the minister.
He said $150,000 will be invested in a general digital radiography unit
for the St. Joseph Community Health Centre.
“This new unit will be used for all general radiographic exams and will
replace one that has been in use for more than 20 years,” Robichaud
said. “This will greatly enhance the quality of images and improve
productivity, which will reduce the wait time for these procedures.”
The region will receive $350,000 to purchase two steam sterilizers for
the Campbellton Regional Hospital.
Robichaud also announced the region’s $1-million share for a new mobile
Magnetic Resonance Imaging unit to be shared with Regional Health
Authorities 6 and 7. The new unit will cost $3 million, or $1 million in
“This investment addresses a shared request from the three health
regions to replace the existing MRI unit, which is more than 10 years
old,” he said. “It will ensure patients in Regions 5, 6 and 7 continue
to have access to this important diagnostic tool used for very precise
testing and early diagnosis of many sicknesses.”
In addition to the major equipment purchases, RHA 5 will receive
$490,000 to purchase various medical equipment valued at between $5,000
The $3.54 million investment in Region 5 is part of the Department of
Health and Wellness’s $35.48 million budget this year for new medical
equipment and technology.
The Restigouche Health Authority will receive $3.54 million for the
purchase of new medical equipment, including a new CT Scanner, Health
and Wellness Minister Elvy Robichaud announced.