Province makes health care announcements in Springdale
A tender construction of the much-anticipated health care centre in Green Bay will be issued early in 2015.
Money for the design of the facility was already allotted in last year’s budget.
In his new role as parliamentary secretary for the Department of Health and Community Services, Baie Verte-Springdale MHA Kevin Pollard was in Springdale on Tuesday to make some announcements involving health care funding in the region, including a date for tenders.
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MHA Kevin Pollard and Central Health CEO, Rosemarie Goodyear, were in Springdale on Tuesday to announce that tenders for the new Green Bay Health Centre will be announced in Spring 2015, as well as some funding to improve equipment at the health facilities in the community.
This announcement comes after a contract has already been awarded to local company P&B Trucking and Rentals, Inc. for over $390,000 for water and sewer services and site development.
Pollard was joined by Rosemarie Goodyear, CEO of Central Health, and Mayor Harvey Tizzard of Springdale at the announcement at the Valley Vista Senior’s home, where he announced that the tender for the Health Centre will be called for in the Spring of 2015.
Being a former mayor of Springdale, Pollard spoke on what it meant for the community that the project was advancing to this level.
“This is something that can go back perhaps three or four mayors,” he said, looking to Tizzard for confirmation.
“I remember being on council and working with government on this file, and I can’t tell you what it means to be here today and announce that it’s finally happening, and going to tender next year.”
In addition to the health care centre, the province also announced other funding that will help with equipment at two of the current facilities in Springdale, including $870,000 to be spread between the current Green Bay Health Centre and the Valley Vista Senior’s Complex and $557,000 for replacement patient beds, adjustable geriatric chairs, and specialized tub chairs and bathing systems.
This funding will also be used to upgrade sewer lines and to remove an existing stairwell at Valley Vista, according to a release from the Department of Health and Community Services.
Green Bay Health Centre will also receive a new ambulance, two replacement patient beds, chairs, a cardiac monitor, and a weight rack and traction table.