Nephrology centre opens at Dr.
Georges-L. Dumont Hospital
MONCTON, N.B. – Premier Bernard Lord opened the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont
Hospital’s new $6-million nephrology centre in early December 2005. The
centre now houses 54 dialysis stations, as well as treatment and
In February 2005, Lord announced that the government would invest $2
million to help fund construction of the centre. That sum was in
addition to the more than $800,000 the government had contributed in May
2003 for the purchase of dialysis equipment at the hospital.
The Premier noted that the nephrology centre had been funded through
equal contributions of $2 million from the New Brunswick government, the
Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Hospital Foundation and the Beauséjour Regional
“Today we once again see a good example of the importance of
co-operation between government, regional hospital authorities and
hospital foundations,” Lord said. “It is thanks to this type of
collaboration that the government can continue to offer New Brunswickers
the healthcare they need.”
“As a key partner, the foundation is very proud to contribute $2 million
toward the completion of the nephrology centre expansion project,” said
Philippe DesRosiers, chair of the board of trustees of the Dr.
Georges-L. Dumont Hospital Foundation. “The support of generous donors
and volunteers constitutes a major investment in improving the quality
of life for patients both today and in the future.”
Adélard R. Cormier, chair of the board of trustees of the Beauséjour
Regional Health Authority, said the renovations and the construction of
an annex to the nephrology centre make it possible to treat an
increasing number of patients suffering from kidney failure annually.
More and more people require access to dialysis treatments. This
increased demand is associated with the aging population and the rising
number of diabetes cases. Diabetes is the fastest-growing chronic
illness in New Brunswick.
In addition to contributing to the Dr. Georges-L. Dumont Hospital
nephrology centre, the government set aside $3 million in its last
budget for the establishment of satellite dialysis units in Bath,
Sussex, Dalhousie and Tracadie-Sheila. This initiative is part of the
Provincial Health Plan, Healthy Futures.
Premier Bernard Lord also attended the unveiling of a nuclear medicine
dual-head gamma camera, said to be the first equipment of its kind in
Canada, at The Moncton Hospital.
“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,” Lord said. “The nuclear medicine
dual-head gamma camera will improve healthcare for New Brunswickers by
providing new opportunities for physicians to detect tumours and cardiac
diseases earlier, more precisely and more reliably.”
The provincial government invested $890,000 in the new high-tech
“This new piece of equipment further positions the South-East Regional
Health Authority, and in particular The Moncton Hospital, as a leading
trauma and critical-care centre for the Maritimes,” said Donald J.
Peters, president and CEO of the South-East Regional Health Authority.
“The capital equipment investments made by government have allowed us to
acquire the latest and most up-to-date technology to better serve the
citizens of New-Brunswick.”
The nuclear medicine dual head gamma camera combines SPECT (single
photon emission computed tomography) and diagnostic CT (computed
tomography) technologies. This combination aligns the functional
sensitivity of a SPECT system with the detailed anatomical information
provided by diagnostic multi-slice CT systems.
For example, in a patient with thyroid cancer, the highly sensitive
SPECT procedure can be used to determine whether the disease has spread
to another organ. If the tumour has spread, CT images generated with the
hybrid system can be used to localize the spreading cancer.
In cardiology, the combined technology offers valuable information
regarding cardiac function and blood circulation. After a person has had
a heart attack, the system enables fast and precise determination of the
location and degree of damage to the heart muscle due to insufficient
Lord said investing in new technology is a priority of his government in
order to provide better care to New Brunswickers, and to reduce wait
times by providing better diagnoses and treatment options.
“This year we have invested $35.48 million in new medical equipment and
technology to ensure that New Brunswickers receive the care they need,
when they need it.”