MONCTON (GNB) –The provincial government is investing nearly $21.3 million to continue work on the addition of the new surgical suite at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton. The funding is part of the Department of Health's 2017-18 capital budget.

“Your government is listening and knows that access to quality health care is important to New Brunswickers,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “Continuing to make strategic infrastructure investments allows us to modernize facilities like the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre, so our health-care system can function to its full potential and better help the New Brunswickers who rely on it.”

The surgical suite project consists of a single-storey addition with a basement totaling 10,248 sq. metres (113,870 sq. feet) and 1,281 sq. metres (14,240 sq. feet) of renovations at the north end of the hospital. The expansion will house a new surgical suite, recovery room, a day surgery unit, an intensive care unit, a step-down unit, physiotherapy and occupational therapy, and central sterile reprocessing.

“With the surgical suites project, the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre will have state-of-the-art facilities, allowing it to remain a health-care leader for New Brunswickers,” said Johanne Roy, vice-president of clinical services for Vitalité Health Network.

The first two phases of the $100.5-million surgical suite project are already complete. The tender for the third and final phase of construction is to be awarded this month. Work is expected to be completed by 2021.

Improving access to primary care and acute care is a pillar of the New Brunswick Family Plan. The plan aims to improve the lives of all residents by addressing the factors that have the greatest impact upon health and well-being. It focuses government action in seven priority areas: improving access to primary and acute care; promoting wellness; supporting people with mental health challenges; fostering healthy aging and support for seniors; advancing women’s equality; reducing poverty; and supporting people with disabilities. The New Brunswick Family Plan framework document is available online.