Breast Health Centre officially opened
Moncton, April 27, 2015 – The Breast Health Centre officially opened its’ doors at Moncton’s Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre today.
The Breast Health Centre project represents a total investment of nine million dollars. Construction began in the fall of 2013 to the facility, annexed to the Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre.
"Our government is proud to provide New Brunswickers with access to quality health-care services,” said Health Minister Victor Boudreau. “This new Breast Health Centre will enable health professionals to offer a more collaborative and better coordinated care to patients. It will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology and will meet modern health-care standards."
In operation since early February 2015, the Breast Health Centre offers, thanks to its’ expertise and state-of-the-art technology, offers a complete range of outpatient services to New Brunswick’s population all under one roof with integrated services adapted to patient needs.
“Making life easier for New Brunswickers is one of the main priorities of our government », said Transport and Infrastructure Minister Roger Melanson. “Today, we are proud to officially open the new Breast Health Centre, ensuring patients from all regions in New Brunswick receive the best possible health care through viable and efficient infrastructure”.
For his part, Vitalité Health Network’s Board Chairman Paul Couturier rejoices at the Breast Health Centre project’s realization. “This is a project that was borne from a community-based initiative back in 2002. Thanks to the determination of a number of people committed to their mission, such as the members of the Breast Cancer Survivors Committee, health care professionals and stakeholders, the centre is now reality. Because of them, we now have state-of-the-art infrastructure for the population of New Brunswick we can be proud of”.
The CHU Dumont Foundation was also an important partner, acquiring a Breast Tomosynthesis unit at a cost of $475,000 thanks to a major donor’s generosity.
“The Foundation works to promote Vitalité Health Network’s vocation with the realization of development projects for the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre and, always with the focus of improving health care services offered at our hospital and ensuring patient well-being”, said CHU Dumont Foundation General Manager Jacques Leblanc.
The Dr. Léon-Richard Oncology Centre has one of the most comprehensive oncology programs in the Atlantic provinces. The establishment of the Breast Health Centre will allow medical personnel from the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre to offer optimal services to cancer patients with a multidisciplinary approach specialized in breast health care in the areas of prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment of breast abnormalities (benign and malignant).
From left : Paul Couturier, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Vitalité Health Network; Monique Leblanc, MLA for Moncton East; Jean Castonguay, Interim President and CEO for Vitalité Health Network; Hon. Victor Boudreau, Minister of Health; Bernard Leblanc, MLA for Memramcook-Tantramar ; Dr. Jocelyne Hébert; Fernande Cantin from the Breast Cancer Survivors Committee; Hon. Roger Melanson, Minister of Finance and Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure; Jacques Leblanc, General Manager of the CHU Dumont Foundation; Richard Losier, Chief Operating Officer, Beauséjour Zone and Vice-President of Professional Practice, Academic Affairs and Research for Vitalité Health Network; Dr. Marcel Caissie; Hon. Chris Collins, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.