By Marianne Curtis
Construction and renovations at the St. Anne Hospital are expected to begin shortly now that the province has announced $14.1 million project.
At a ground-breaking ceremony that took place on June 3 Provincial Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced that the long awaited project would being within weeks.
“Once completed, the hospital will be able to offer more surgical services; we expect to see more than four times as many surgical procedures, up to over 2,000 from 450, by 2014,” Oswald said. “This increase will give area residents the help they need sooner without needing to leave their community.”
The $14.1 million project includes expanding the current hospital space by sixty percent. The new facilities will include two surgical suites, one room for scope procedures, a surgical recovery unit, sterilizing room, family room, staff change rooms and new electrical and mechanical space.
Another one-third of the hospital will undergo renovation including the existing operating rooms, which will be renovated and converted to provide 5,800 square feet of additional staff support areas.
Guy Levesque, Chairperson for South Eastman Health is glad to see the project finally moving forward.
“This project will solidify the partnership between the health authority, community and provincial government,” stated Levesque. “This center will serve the people of our regi0on but the rest of the province as well.”
To ensure the project would more forward, the Ste. Anne Hospital Foundation raised ten percent of the money needed for the expansion. The money was successfully raised through a variety of fundraising efforts that included online auctions and golf tournaments.
The construction and renovation is expected to start in the coming weeks and expected to be completed by December 2012.
Health Minister Teresa Oswald, Southeast Health Authority board chair Guy Levesque, La Verendrye MLA Ron Lemieux and Cecile Dumesnil Chair of the Ste Anne hospital fundraising committee discuss drawings of the new facility.