MONCTON (GNB) – The provincial government will invest nearly $35 million in the Moncton Hospital.

The funding will help build separate units for neonatal intensive care, maternity and newborns, as well as relocate and improve the hospital’s cardiac care areas.

“Your government knows New Brunswickers want a strong and vibrant health-care system,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “The investments will help the Moncton Hospital provide health care to New Brunswickers and their families in state-of-the-art facilities.”

Once completed, the new layout will help staff provide high-quality patient and family-centred care in a safer and more efficient environment. The project is expected to be completed in 2022.

“We place our patients and clients at the centre of our health delivery system in everything we do,” said Horizon Health Network president and CEO Karen McGrath. “These significant and strategic investments in the Moncton Hospital will benefit this community by providing a greatly-improved health-care facility.”

Improving access to primary and 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.