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Premier John Savage announced today that residents of the
Cheticamp area of Inverness County will soon benefit from a new
health care facility.

"I am very pleased to announce today the government's support for
a new health care facility to benefit residents of Cheticamp and
the surrounding area," said Premier John Savage. "Plans for the
new building will begin immediately."

The Eastern Regional Health Board will participate in a planning
process to ensure the health care services provided at the new
facility are consistent with provincial health strategies and are
responding to the community's health care needs. Planners and
architects will be engaged shortly so that construction can begin
in the spring.

The hospital board, community and the Department of Health have
worked together over the past few years to discuss the
possibility of a new health care facility. Discussions and
community input will continue to determine the health care
services that the new facility should provide.

The community will contribute 25 per cent of the funds for the
new building. The province's share is 75 per cent. Total required
funding will be approximately $5.5 million.

"Local fundraising campaigns will be integral to the construction
of the new facility," said Health Minister Bernie Boudreau. "It
will certainly show what can be accomplished when government
partners with communities."

Sacred Heart Hospital, the current facility, has served residents
from Pleasant Bay to Belle Cote, as well as some patients from
the Margaree area, for 59 years. Governance of the hospital will
soon be transferred from the hospital board to the Eastern
Regional Health Board.


Contact: Sue McKeage  902-424-3581

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