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January 28, 2004
For immediate release

Prince County Hospital Opening Dates Announced

Health and Social Services

Herman McQuaid, Project Director for the new Prince County Hospital, today confirmed that the new hospital will be open to patients on Sunday, April 4. The move will take approximately 10 days, starting on March 26 and ending with the relocation of patients to the new hospital on April 4. The public will be able to view the new hospital during an open house on March 12 and 13, prior to the patient move-in.

"This announcement marks a significant milestone for the PEI Health System and for many people who have dedicated a great deal of time and energy to the planning and implementation of this new hospital," noted Mr. McQuaid. "The new Prince County Hospital is a unique health facility which offers state-of-the-art health technologies in an innovative patient-care environment."

Furniture is currently being moved in, equipment is being activated and Prince County Hospital staff, medical staff and volunteers are undergoing an extensive orientation process. Staff are becoming accustomed to their new work environments, new technologies and other processes, such as new security systems, nurse call systems and a host of other work processes which are distinctly more advanced than processes in the old hospital.

"The Project Planning Team has been working very closely with East Prince Partnerships Limited, the construction contractor, and the architects, Bergmark Guimond Hammarlund and Jones," noted Mr. McQuaid. "This hospital is a very complex project, and the achievements of local trades, technology and design personnel have helped make this hospital a reality. And, of course, the completion of the project is in no small part due to the tremendous success of the Prince County Hospital Foundation capital equipment campaign, which raised over 13 million dollars to equip this facility with the latest in medical technologies."

Media Contact: Sara Underwood
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