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Sites selected for long-term care facilities in central Newfoundland

Two independent investigations into Central Health's administration were announced in the same week after complaints from staff about alleged mismanagement and unfair treatment.
The provincial government announced the locations of new long-term care facilities in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor today, June 5. - SaltWire Network file photo

GANDER AND GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, N.L. – Long-term care facilities in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor now have homes.

The provincial government announced the locations for the two sites in a release today, June 5.

The new 60-bed facility in Grand Falls-Windsor will be situated on Scott Avenue, between Valley Road and the site of the former Abitibi Consolidated mill.

The facility in Gander, also 60 beds, is going next to the College of the North Atlantic campus and will be accessible by Magee Road.

A request for qualifications (RFQ) was issued earlier this year to establish a short list of private sector businesses interested in designing, building, financing and maintaining the new homes in Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor. The short list of proponents and the request for proposals are expected to be announced in the coming weeks, according to the release.

A contract valued at approximately $600,000 to design a 20-bed protective care unit extension for the Dr. Hugh Twomey Health Centre in Botwood, meanwhile, has been awarded to Fougere Menchenton Architecture Inc.

The department anticipates issuing a tender to build the extension in October.

Construction for all three projects will begin in 2019.

The provincial government also announced the launch of a new primary health care reform initiative in Botwood today, involving working with frontline providers at the Dr. Hugh Twomey Health Centre.

As part of the services that will be provided, Botwood will be the first community to introduce remote mental health services using the provincial Telehealth system.

These remote mental health services will supplement Doorways, the single session walk-in clinics which are now available in Botwood and province-wide.

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