SAINT JOHN (GNB) – Premier Brian Gallant announced an estimated $90 million will be invested in the Saint John Regional Hospital, today in Saint John. The investments will cover the redesign and redevelopment of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), surgical and oncology units.

“We know how important a strong health-care system is to New Brunswick families. New Brunswickers want their loved ones to get the best health care possible.” said . Gallant. “This investment will help the Saint John Regional Hospital provide even stronger health care to New Brunswickers.”

This year, $2.5 million will be invested to begin the work on the functional programming, conceptual design and construction documentation planning for the renovations and upgrades to the surgical unit, oncology and ICU. The Horizon Health Network Board will partner with the provincial government for funding on the design and planning phase of this project. The redevelopment and renovations are expected to take place over the next five years.

The project will increase ICU efficiencies and improve departmental relationships and efficiencies between surgery, oncology and ICU. They will help facilitate high-quality patient and family-centred care in safely and efficiently.

“The significant investment in the Saint John Regional Hospital demonstrates both Horizon’s and the government’s commitment to being true partners in providing exceptional care to every person every day,” said Horizon Health Network chair Grace Losier.

Improving access to acute care is a pillar of the New Brunswick Family Plan Framework. The framework 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.