Residents of Tatamagouche and the surrounding area will haveimproved access to community health-care services as a result ofa $2-million renovation project at the Lillian Fraser MemorialHospital. MLA Bill Langille announced the renovation project today, April14, on behalf of Health Minister Angus MacIsaac. “Today’s announcement is a significant primary health-careinvestment and will improve health care for the people of thiscommunity,” said Mr. Langille. As part of the $2-million investment, Lillian Fraser MemorialHospital will be upgraded to include additional space to deliverprimary health-care services. Renovations will also be made tothe hospital’s emergency room, inpatient area and space forlaboratory services. The project will allow for better use ofspace and more appropriate service delivery. The renovations will mean improved access to community health-care teams and will allow the Colchester East Hants HealthAuthority to provide a broader range of services to patients. Asa result, residents will receive the most appropriate care, fromthe most appropriate provider, when and where they need it. The project will allow the expansion of satellite services andclinics in the areas of wellness, diabetes, oncology, prenatalcare, youth health, drug awareness, life skills education,cardiac care and orthopedic surgery. “We’re delighted with today’s announcement,” said PeterMacKinnon, CEO of the Colchester East Hants Health Authority. “Asa district, we’re committed to providing greater opportunitiesfor care close to home. Knowing that the Department of Health notonly shares that vision but is willing to act on it is great newsfor our communities.” Mr. MacKinnon said he is also pleased with the local community’searly support for the project. The province will share up to 75per cent ($1.5 million) of the cost of the project. The remaining$500,000 will be raised by the local community.