Hospital’s emergency and pharmacy plans heading to next stage: AGM

Amanda Jess
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NEW GLASGOW – The Aberdeen Hospital Emergency and Pharmacy Department plans are progressing smoothly, according to reports from Murray Hill, chair of Pictou County Health Authority, presented at the annual general meeting Tuesday night.

The provincial government recently approved the conceptual design and budget for the project.

The next stage is all about the details, including electrical and plumbing components.

“Things will be relatively quiet while we do the designing,” said Alan Mongraw, vice president of corporate services.

Mongraw expects this design process will take approximately 12 months and the public will receive updates along the way.

Construction is expected to start by June 2014.

Last fall, the health authority held meetings with municipal governments and Pictou Landing First Nation.

They considered themes from these discussions while planning the design. The main issues they addressed were comfort, confidentiality and seniors’ needs.

The financial statements as of Mar. 31 were also presented at the meeting.

They show a balanced budget with an accumulated surplus of over $42 million. 

After expenses, the health authority had a surplus of just over $1 million.

This surplus is in part due to changes in the way the health authority was required to report finances for the 2012-13 fiscal year.

Capital funding and deductions for the value of capital assets over time were previously presented as a separate fund. They are now reflected in the operating budget.

This can result in an overexpressed surplus when there is a lot of activity on capital projects.

This year, the Pictou County Health Authority received almost $2.5 million in capital funding for the Aberdeen Hospital Emergency and Pharmacy Departments, the Fluoroscopy Unit and other repairs and renovations throughout the county, according to a report from the Audit Committee.

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