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The Izaak Walton Killam - Grace Health Centre Act introduced in
the legislature today will formalize the merger of the Izaak
Walton Killam Children's hospital (IWK) and the Grace Maternity
Hospital to form the Izaak Walton Killam-Grace Health Centre for
Children, Women and Families.

"Introducing this legislation today is one of the last steps
required to finalize the merger of two of our finest health care
facilities," said Health Minister Ron Stewart. "It is necessary
to help streamline operations to enhance health services for the
children, women and families in Nova Scotia and the Maritimes."

The two hospitals have been acting as one since January, 1995.
The Department of Health approved in December 1994 the
implementation of a Health System for Women and Children, a
proposal to integrate health services for children, women and
families in the Maritimes.

Employees of the IWK and the Grace will become employees of the
IWK-Grace Health Centre.


Contact: Sue McKeage  902-424-3581

trp                     May 17, 1996 - 12:35 p.m.