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N.B. announces $3.54 million for med equipment

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 this month.

“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.”

Pictured, from 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 existing ones.”

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 Dalhousie.
“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 each region.

“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 and $100,000.

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.