EDMUNDSTON (GNB) – The provincial government is investing about $2 million to create a mother and child care unit at the Edmundston Regional Hospital.

“Your government understands how a strong and vibrant health-care system is important to New Brunswick families,” said Premier Brian Gallant. “This investment in the Edmundston Regional Hospital will create a mother-child care unit allowing our families the chance to be as healthy as possible.”

The infrastructure project will involve relocating the pediatric unit within the obstetrical area. These two services will be consolidated on the second floor of the facility.

The aim is to improve services and increase patient satisfaction at the hospital.

“Vitalité Health Network welcomes today’s announcement, which is an important step in making this project a reality,” said Gisèle Beaulieu, the network’s vice-president of performance, quality and corporate services. “The network’s mission is to excel in improving people’s health. We believe that initiatives like this one contribute to developing optimal access to specialized resources and services. It is also one of the areas of focus of our Strategic Plan 2017-2020.”

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 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.