Bariatric Surgery Clinic at Edmundston Regional Hospital is officially opened

Edmundston, Wednesday, February 5, 2020 – Vitalité Health Network, in partnership with the Edmundston Regional Hospital Foundation, today officially opened the new Bariatric Surgery Clinic at the Edmundston Regional Hospital with several guests and dignitaries in attendance.

Patients suffering from obesity can now benefit from the care of renowned specialists and the expertise of a multidisciplinary team providing efficient and effective care before, during and after surgery. “In addition to facilitating the delivery of improved and high-quality care, this initiative is facilitating equitable access to specialized services across our territory, as set out in our 2017–2020 Strategic Plan,” stated Gilles Lanteigne, President and CEO of the Network.

The Foundation is equally enthusiastic about the new facility. “Thanks to our many donors, the Foundation invested $150,000 to make possible the acquisition of a laparoscopy tower equipped with a high definition camera and a bariatric operating table, which will benefit patients and medical staff alike,” explained Edward Dubé, Executive Director of the Foundation. 

Before this new clinic opened, the waiting list had grown to over 3,100 patients. “People have had to wait nearly three years for bariatric services. This new clinic will significantly lighten the load and provide patients with better service,” Mr. Lanteigne added. 

The Network now has three facilities providing bariatric services, namely the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst, the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton and the Edmundston Regional Hospital.