New facility at the Campbellton Regional Hospital
Campbellton, September 4, 2015 – The Campbellton Regional Hospital now has a new facility to improve the wellness of patients. Today, Vitalité Health Network officially opened a therapeutic patio connected to the hospital’s Geriatric/Rehabilitation Unit.
According to Vitalité Health Network’s Board of Directors Chairman Paul Couturier, it is an important and innovative project for the hospital. “A multidisciplinary team has been busy planning and developing this project for many months and we are very pleased to see it become a reality this afternoon. This new facility will allow us to better achieve our mission, which is to provide high quality care and services that meet patient needs,” he said.
Hervé Bujold, Nurse Manager of the Geriatric/Rehabilitation Unit, pointed out that the therapeutic patio will have many benefits to improve the sociological, psychological, and physical wellness of older patients with indoor and outdoor activities. “The number of patients 65 years and over who have many health problems and require medical care for extended periods of time is increasing. The new space will allow patients to go to an environment outside the unit that is safe and meets their needs, to breath clean air and expose themselves to daylight, to enjoy family and social contacts, and finally to enjoy an increased sense of freedom and autonomy.” He noted that the therapeutic patio will also allow health professionals to better assess and improve the functional, psychosocial and cognitive status of patients.
Ultimately the therapeutic patio will contribute to reducing patient days for seniors, allowing them to recover safe and maximum functional levels, and promoting an earlier return home. It should be noted that it will not be used only for the Geriatric/Rehabilitation Unit patients, as patients from other units of the Campbellton Regional Hospital will also be able to enjoy the new facility.
Construction required investments of $1.2 million, including a $100,000 contribution from the Friends of Healthcare Foundation. According to Foundation Board of Directors Chairperson Nancy Nicol Lavoie, it is a project that will allow the hospital to provide improved services to the Restigouche community. “It fits perfectly with the Friends of Healthcare Foundation’s mission, which is to maintain and improve services offered to patients in our region. We are pleased with our partnership with the Campbellton Regional Hospital and to have contributed financially to the achievement of this new facility,” she said.
Nancy Nicol Lavoie, chairperson of the Friends of Healthcare Foundation Paul Couturier, chairman of the Vitalité Health Network Board of Directors; Jacques Duclos, Chief Operating Officer, Restigouche Zone, and Vice-President of Public Health; Hervé Bujold, Manager of the geriatrics-rehabilitation unit of the Campbellton Regional Hospital