Upgrades to Sackville Memorial Hospital Emergency Department complete

All New Brunswickers deserve accessible and quality health care and a positive patient experience, and this initiative is one example of how Horizon is committed to providing that every day

(SACKVILLE) – Renovations to Horizon’s Sackville Memorial Hospital (SMH) Emergency Department (ED) have been completed, and the ED will re-open in its original space next week.

The renovations include modernizing the ED and fixing damage from flooding that occurred in September 2022.

“Capital improvements such as this are a key part of our plan to improve care for all New Brunswickers. Improving patient care areas allows for better patient care and better working conditions for our staff,” said Margaret Melanson, Horizon’s Interim President and CEO.

“Modern work environments are also a selling point when we are recruiting staff and physicians. This, along with our work with the Rural Health Action Group, will help us recruit more health care professionals to vibrant rural small towns, like Sackville.”

The renovations cost about $400,000 and took five months to complete.

“The flooding caused extensive damage to the floor and ceiling of the ED and forced us to close it and move patients to another part of the hospital,” said Jeff Carter, Vice President Capital Assets, Operations and Infrastructure. “While it was closed, we took the chance to modernize the space, focusing on brightening up patient care areas and the nursing station.”

The SMH ED is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., daily. Work is being done to recruit nurses and physicians so 24/7 care can be reinstated.

Horizon has a plan to improve health care in New Brunswick. Our plan is focused on retention and recruitment efforts, in addition to improving the overall patient experience by addressing patient flow and access to services. Further details about Horizon’s four priority areas are available at HorizonNB.ca.

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Kris McDavid

Media Relations