Horizon Health Network releases new Report to the Community

Horizon Health Network is pleased to announce that it has released its second Building Healthier Communities, a newsletter aimed at informing and updating the community on its goals and successes.

The 28-page report to the community will be distributed Wednesday in The Telegraph-Journal, Times & Transcript, Daily Gleaner, and The Miramichi Leader. It can also be found on the Horizon Health Network website at www.horizonnb.ca

“We are very excited to offer this community update to New Brunswickers. This newsletter will highlight the advances we are making in health care,” said Donald J. Peters, President and CEO of Horizon Health Network.

It contains a variety of interesting articles on quality services and programs, and the progress being made across the entire health network.

Topics include the success Horizon has had recruiting and hiring health professionals. Last year the organization successfully hired 63 new physicians, and since April 2009 has hired 223 registered nurses.

Another great highlight is the creation of Regional Clinical Program Networks that bring together similar patient programs and health professionals from within the various hospitals across the organization. These Networks allows professionals to improve their services by sharing best practices for patient care.

“Physicians and health care professionals are collaborating and sharing best practices; this is the main reason we are so successful. These achievements would not have occurred without their dedication and hard work,” said Mr. Peters.

“There have been inevitable challenges along the way, but it is rewarding to see how far we’ve come,” said Mr. Peters. “I hope this report will serve to highlight to the community the amazing people we have working within our health care system.”

Highlights in the report include:

  • Radiation therapy in Saint John – new bunkers for linear accelerators
  • Expanded dialysis service Upper River Valley Hospital
  • Katherine Wright Centre official opening
  • Update on Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick: NB’s new medical school
  • Research matters: research expands within Horizon
  • Horizon prepares for accreditation
  • Centre of excellence for clinical smoking cessation
  • Significant Investments made to enhance health care
  • The Stan Cassidy Telerehabilitation Project enhances services to rehabilitation patients
  • Regional clinical program networks
  • First Nations liaison provides important service
  • Port Elgin and Region Health Centre: School-based health centre a unique model for primary health-care
  • Tobique Valley Community Health Centre – A team approach to a healthier community
  • In motion in the Miramichi
  • Every door is the right door to service in St. Stephen
  • i3 project launched in Saint John
  • New Irving Ambulatory Care Centre opens
  • Emergency Department expansion at Saint John Regional Hospital
  • Academic funding plan to support emergency room staffing in Saint John
  • Volunteers continue to benefit Horizon Health Network and its patients