Friday December 19 2014
The Laval News, Laval's English newspaper since 1993 - Journal anglais à Laval depuis 1993.

PQ health minister announces new medical equipment for Laval's Cité de la Santé

From the left, Laval-des-Rapides PQ MNA Léo Bureau-Blouin, Quebec Health Minister Réjean Hébert, CSSS de Laval executive-director Caroline Barbir, and Cité de la Santé Foundation executive director Alain Demers.

Laval’s largest hospital facility, Cité de la Santé, received its first visit from the province’s new health minister, Dr. Réjean Hébert, since the election last September which put the Parti Québécois in power in Quebec City.

First visit
Like many health ministers from the former Liberal government who paid regular visits to the hospital to announce funding for new projects or equipment, this was Hébert’s first opportunity to make a major announcement.
According to the minister, starting next year Cité de la Santé will be receiving a new computed tomography (CT) scanner coupled with tomodensiometry equipment for producing 3-D diagnostic images.

Radiotherapy upgrade

“This technology from the field of medical imaging is indispensable in oncology centres which offer radiotherapy services,” Hébert said during a press conference held in the hospital’s auditorium last Thursday afternoon.
According to the minister, the new equipment will be costing $6.2 million, of which the provincial government will be paying $3.2 million, with the Cité de la Santé Foundation paying $2 million and the hospital itself paying $600,000.
Another $400,000 will be necessary for installation and to furnish the area where the equipment will be installed. At the same time, Hébert announced nearly $1.9 million in funding from Quebec to enlarge and enhance the Family Medicine Unit at CLSC du Marigot. The CLSC itself is contributing $200,000.

Other improvements
The sums invested by the health ministry at the CLSC will serve to improve the facilities for medical examinations, teaching, meetings, and the supervision of resident physicians, interns and students. The health minister also announced funding by the government of $1.27 million for the renovation of several seniors’ and handicapped persons’ homes, as well as long-term care facilities.
“We are pleased to be able to provide support for the network’s institutions as part of their efforts to develop living environments which are welcoming and better adapted to the needs of their residents, while contributing to the well-being of persons who live in these establishments,” Hébert added.

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