State-of-the-art Cumberland County healthcare center opens next week

Provincial release:

Residents of Pugwash and the surrounding area will have better access to healthcare with the opening of the new North Cumberland Health Care Centre on Monday, June 10.

“This is an exciting day for the people of Cumberland County. This new state-of-the-art healthcare facility will deliver improved, more efficient and co-ordinated care and better meet the needs of this region for years to come. The new centre is a testament to the dedication of local medical leaders and community members,” said Premier Tim Houston.

The new, modern facility will offer all the services currently provided at the North Cumberland Memorial Hospital and the North Cumberland Primary Healthcare Clinic.

That includes primary care by doctors and nurse practitioners, urgent and outpatient care such as X-rays, diagnostics, rehabilitation and mental health services, and inpatient care for patients under observation, staying for short periods and receiving palliative care.

Developing modern infrastructure to support the healthcare system so it can deliver the care Nova Scotians need is part of Action for Health, the government’s plan to improve healthcare in Nova Scotia.

“The new health centre has been designed to meet the needs of patients, staff, families, physicians and the community now and for future generations. We are very proud of this state-of-the-art facility with new technologies to deliver healthcare and help attract and retain healthcare professionals to our community. A sincere thank you to everyone who has been involved.” 
— Dr. Peter Blaikie, Site Medical Lead, North Cumberland Health Care Centre

“Thanks to the work and commitment of many, we’re happy to be celebrating the opening of the new North Cumberland Health Care Centre. This is an exciting day for Pugwash and surrounding communities. The foundation is happy to continue to partner with staff, communities and physicians on supporting the delivery of health services in this new, modern space.” 
— Brian Gordon, Chair, North Cumberland Community Health Foundation

Quick Facts:
– Nova Scotia Health will operate the new healthcare centre, which is in its northern zone
The new facility will replace the North Cumberland Memorial Hospital, and the North Cumberland Primary Health Care Clinic will relocate to the new facility when it opens
– The North Cumberland Memorial Hospital opened in 1966
– The total investment in building the new healthcare centre, which took three years, is $25.5 million

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