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December 16, 2014
Municipal governments sign funding agreement for hospital redevelopment project
New Glasgow, NS – Pictou County’s municipal units have signed a funding agreement to support the redevelopment of the Aberdeen Hospital’s emergency and pharmacy departments.
"On behalf of the six municipalities within Pictou County, we are very pleased to partner with the Province of Nova Scotia to see the construction of this important project to our region moving forward,” said Warden Ron Baillie.
“We are committing the 25% community contribution required for the capital associated with the redevelopment of the emergency and pharmacy departments in the amount of $6.8 million. The advancement of this project ensures that our Aberdeen Hospital is well positioned to provide the quality of services required for our citizens."
The municipal governments are raising the project’s required community contribution through the deed transfer tax which will support the infrastructure related costs (all of the work required to be completed as part of the project, except furniture, fixtures and equipment).
The Aberdeen Health Foundation has agreed to purchase the $1.5 million state of the art patient monitoring system for the new emergency department.
“This project demonstrates how the residents of Pictou County benefit from cooperative partnerships in our community,” said Bruce Quigley, Acting CEO of the Pictou County Health Authority.
“We realize how important this project is to our patients, doctors and staff who will all have the privilege of benefitting from an emergency department that will provide the opportunity for best practices in emergency care."
“Communities have always been key partners in important projects like this,” said Minister of Health and Wellness, Leo Glavine. “I’m pleased to see the community take part in the upgrades at Aberdeen Hospital, knowing that improved patient care will be the end result.”
With the funding agreement in place, a public tender for the $32 million redevelopment project will be called in January with awarding of the general contract by late winter. Construction is expected to begin in spring of next year. Completion date for the project is scheduled for June 2018.