Advocate Harbour -
Advocate's nurse practitioner, Cheryl Smith, has a new place to call home as the Advocate and Area Primary Health Care Centre officially opened its doors Tuesday.
The new $70,000 clinic has been in the works for the past two to three years and, with Cumberland Health Authority officials and local politicians present along with staff and health authority members, the ribbon was cut and the clinic was open for business.
""It was back in 2003 when Advocate saw its first nurse practitioner, Bev Thomas, who worked out of a local home here in Advocate with Ruth Bittorf the next before Cheryl arrived," vice-president of community health Fran MacMillan said.
"After the first location in a Advocate residence the clinic moved to Bayview Memorial Health Care Centre for one year while plans and construction for the new facility were in motion," MacMillan said.
MacMillan also said the new facility, located on the Bayview Memorial Health Centre property, is the best possible location because, although the clinic is its own separate building, it is still relatively close to the hospital.
"This facility is a testimony to the community and the health authority's continued dedication to provide primary health in the community," Cumberland Health Authority's CEO Bruce Quigley said.
Quigley also said it was thanks to funding from the province in addition to funding from the authority's capital operating budget that enabled the $70,000 facility to be built and the building will provide an excellent environment for staff to work in.
It was also announced in Advocate that an expansion will go forth to the Bayview Health Care Centre that will provide space for two extra long term care beds, physiotherapy and storage area.
Groundbreaking for the expansion project is expected to begin late spring or early summer, once finalization of the project is complete.