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Horizon working quickly to have Hôtel-Dieu Saint Joseph Hospital re-opened

(PERTH-ANDOVER) March 28, 2012 - Horizon is working closely with the Department of Supply and Services and making every effort to have the Hôtel-Dieu Saint Joseph Hospital operational as soon as possible.

"Our priority is to temporarily relocate as many services as possible in a timely manner," says Donald J. Peters, President and CEO of Horizon Health Network. "We would like to acknowledge and thank the quick action of staff and physicians, Ambulance New Brunswick and all community partners that were involved in the transfer and relocation of 21 patients. We understand how devastating this flood has been to the community and we will continue to offer ongoing support and information as we restore health-care services to the area."

The following temporary arrangements have been made for health-care services:

Diagnostic testing (X-rays, lab and ECGs)

Beginning Monday, April 2, diagnostic imaging (X-rays, mammography and ultrasounds) will be transferred to the Upper River Hospital. Patients will be contacted with their appointment.

Plans are being finalized to develop a clinic for blood work and ECGs in Perth-Andover.

In the meantime, patients who have a physician's order for blood work can have this completed from Monday to Friday at the Upper River Valley Hospital in Waterville from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and the Tobique Valley Community Health Centre in Plaster Rock from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Therapeutic services (physiotherapy, occupational therapy etc.)
Therapeutic services staff have temporarily been relocated to the Upper River Valley Hospital in Waterville and the Tobique Valley Community Health Centre in Plaster Rock. This includes physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, social work, nutrition therapy (dietitians) and respiratory therapy.

Clinicians will contact their patients directly to inform them of their alternate location.

Emergency Services
Emergency services can be accessed by calling 9-1-1 or by going to the Upper River Valley Hospital in Waterville or Grand Falls General Hospital.

For further information of the location of hospital patients, chemotherapy treatment, surgical services and physician offices please call 375-5900 or visit www.HorizonNB.ca .

Horizon will provide regular updates as services are restored.

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Sonya Green-Haché, Senior Media Relations Advisor
1-877-499-1899
Media@HorizonNB.ca
www.HorizonNB.ca

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