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Sod turned for the new Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation Hostel

(FREDERICTON) May 16, 2012 - A sod-turning ceremony was held today to mark the start of construction of the new Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation hostel. The hostel will provide patients at the provincial tertiary rehabilitation care centre and their families with accessible, low-cost accommodation while the patients undergo follow-up appointments and rehabilitation services.

"The creation of this hostel is another example of the excellent services the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation provides to New Brunswickers," said Health Minister, Madeleine Dubé. "The hostel will help alleviate the stress of being away from home so patients and their families can focus on treatment and recovery."

The new hostel will be located next to the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation and consist of three fully-accessible apartments, each with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living area. Horizon Health Network's Board will be contributing $900,000 towards the project.

"The Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation is an important part of Horizon Health Network and as such we are very pleased to support this significant project," said Donald J. Peters, President and CEO of Horizon Health Network. "The development of the hostel will enhance access to services and improve patient care and outcomes."

Construction of the one level, 290 square meter facility is expected to begin in early June and be completed by late fall of 2012. The contractor is Fredericton-based Simpson Building Systems.

"It is anticipated up to 150 New Brunswickpatients and their families will benefit annually from the fully accessible and conveniently located hostel," said Dr. Rob Leckey, Medical Director for the Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation. "We are grateful for the generous support from Horizon Health Network in moving this project forward and carrying on the spirit of the former Kiwanis House, which provided accessible low cost accommodations for patients and families at our former facility."

Horizon Health Network is the largest health-care organization in AtlanticCanada, operating 12 hospitals and more than 100 medical facilities, clinics and offices providing medical services ranging from acute care to community based health services toNew Brunswick, northernNova ScotiaandPrince Edward Island. With 1,000 physicians, an annual budget exceeding $1 billion and approximately 13,000 employees, Horizon Health Network's strategic vision focuses on research, innovation and education.

The Stan Cassidy Centre for Rehabilitation, part of Horizon Health Network is a recognized North American leader in neurological rehabilitation. The centre provides bilingual care through inpatient, outpatient and outreach services. Clients of all ages fromNew BrunswickandPEIand complex paediatric clients fromNova Scotiabenefit from the centre's services. The Stan Cassidy Centre provides treatment for complex autism spectrum disorder, spinal cord injury, complex stroke, acquired brain injury, and various neurological diseases such as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy and spina bifida.

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For more information contact:

Lisa Caissie

Media Relations Manager

1-877-499-1899

Media@HorizonNB.ca

www.HorizonNB.ca

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