Friday, January 23, 2009

A New Look at the Old

The new Health Care Centre is now open in Grand Bank (see press release below) but local photographer Travis Parsons of Vinland Photography recently found himself lost in thought wandering the old cottage hospitial there-more images can be found on his Vineland Photography Facebook site or on his website.

Grand Bank District MHA Darin King called the official opening of the Grand Bank Health Care Center a great day for the community as well as the residents to be served by the facility. MHA King was joined by Health and Community Services Minister, Ross Wiseman , Grand Bank Mayor, Rex Matthews, Eastern Health Board Chair, Joan Dawe, Eastern Health Board Trustee Wayne Bolt, Eastern Health Chief Operating Officer for the Peninsula ’s, Pat Coish-Snow, and many other community residents and employee’s of Eastern Health.

“This is a tremendous event for Grand Bank and the surrounding communities who are served by the Grand Bank Health Care Center ”, MHA King said. ”This is a very progressive and dynamic facility which will result not only in improved services for patients, but it will also see much-needed improvements to working conditions for employees who are here on a daily basis.”

The MHA indicated that residents have been very patient, and have waited a long time for this day. “The old Grand Bank Cottage Hospital was certainly a great facility for the residents it served, in it’s day,” King said, “but it has out-lived it’s life span. There was a great need for a new, modern facility to better serve the residents, and to provide for better, more modern facilities in which medical personnel are able to assist patients.”

Grand Bank Mayor Rex Matthews also expressed delight with the facility opening. “This is a tremendous and exciting day for the Grand Bank/Fortune area,” Mayor Matthews said. “Citizens have been waiting a long time for such a facility, given the poor condition of the old cottage hospital.”

Mayor Matthews indicated that this new facility will be beneficial to all residents of the area it serves. “Good quality health care is vital to the well being of our people. This wonderful facility, along with all the staff who continue to provide the best patient care, will be a major improvement in the delivery of health care services. I am delighted that this day has finally arrived, and I commend and thank all those who worked so hard with the town to make this day a reality.”

This new primary health care center, valued at approximately $7.7 million dollars, will provide clinic and office space for up to five physicians, 24-hour emergency care, out-patient clinics, laboratory and x-ray services. As well, the community services component will provide clinic and office accommodations for community health providers.

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