FREDERICTON (GNB) – Work will start on a $40 million project to construct a coronary care unit at the Moncton Hospital as well as on a $91 million addition and renovation to the Saint John Regional Hospital as part of the Department of Health’s 2020-21 capital budget.

Work at the Saint John Regional Hospital will include a new medical and surgical intensive care unit and an oncology unit and allow for improvements to the New Brunswick Heart Centre that serves all New Brunswickers.

“Health care is one of our government’s key priorities, and we are committed to making both the investments and transformations that are required to ensure our health system achieves three important principles: sustainability, quality and access,” said Health Minister Hugh J. Flemming.

The Department of Health’s capital budget will be $123.9 million in 2020-21

Investments of $78.9 million will be made in ongoing major capital projects while $45 million has been allocated for capital improvements and the purchase of equipment.

Department staff will work with regional health authorities to determine how funding for capital equipment and improvements will be distributed.

Some items in this year’s capital budget include:

  • $7 million for continuing work on the addition of a surgical suite and renovations at the Dr. Georges-L.-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton.
  • $14.7 million for the maternal newborn unit project at the Moncton Hospital.
  • $16 million for continuing additions and renovations at the Chaleur Regional Hospital in Bathurst.
  • $25 million for an addition and renovation project at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton.