News Release

March 4, 2015


Integrated Operating Suites Named in Recognition of Major Contribution

St. John’s, NL - The Health Care Foundation (HCF) and Eastern Health held a ceremony today to name two newly renovated Integrated Operating Suites in recognition of the extraordinary support from the Building Trades Workers of the Resource Development Trades Council (RDTC).

“The Provincial Government greatly values the Resource Development Trades Council’s contribution to health care services in the region. These enhancements represent a significant contribution to vital health services that will have a very real impact for patients,” said the Honourable Steve Kent, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Community Services. “The upgrades at both St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital and the Health Sciences Centre will transform a number of existing traditional suites into state-of-the-art operating suites.”

Through a fund created within the Hebron Project, the Building Trades Workers of the RDTC have made a multimillion dollar commitment to surgical care at the Health Sciences Centre and St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital, with over four million already donated to the cause. The result of this commitment is the replacement of medical equipment and technology in 17 traditional operating suites in both St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital and the Health Sciences Centre, transforming them into Integrated Operating Suites. To date, two suites have been completed.

“The kind of support and generosity expressed by the Building Trades Workers of the RDTC is unprecedented and truly inspiring,” said Debbie Patten, Chair, Board of Directors, HCF. “Your multimillion dollar commitment will make a direct and significant difference on the lives of thousands of patients in this province – both present and future – who will be cared for in these state-of-the-art Integrated Operating Suites.” 

“I would like to thank the Building Trades Workers of the RDTC, as well as the HCF, for this significant investment into adult health care,” said David Diamond, President and CEO of Eastern Health. “The Integrated Operating Suites will improve quality and safety, as well as facilitate better outcomes for our patients, thanks to features such as high definition visualization, advanced medical equipment and videoconferencing.”

At the ceremony, 17 plaques were unveiled containing the new names of the Integrated Operating Suites. The first plaque, which will be mounted in the completed Integrated Operating Suite at the Health Sciences Centre, recognizes the partnership between the Building Trades Workers of the RDTC and the Newfoundland and Labrador Building Trade Council (NLBTC), while the completed suite at St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital has been named in recognition of the Boilermakers, Local 203. The remaining 15 plaques, which will be placed in the respective suites as they are completed, will recognize the contributions made by individual trades unions, including:

• Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, Local 1;
• Carpenters, Local 579
• Elevator Constructors, Local 125;
• Hotel and Restaurant Workers, Local 779;
• International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, Local 137;
• International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1620;
• International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 2330;
• Iron Workers, Local 764;
• Labourers, Local 1208;
• Millwrights Union, Local 1009;
• Operating Engineers, Local 904;
• Painters and Allied Trades, Local 1984;
• Sheet Metal Workers, Local 512;
• Teamsters, Local 855; and
• United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters, Local 740.

“The impact that Building Trades’ Workers and their respective union leaders have had on health care reaches citizenry from every corner of this province,” said Arlene Dunn, Executive Director, RDTC. “Recognizing their commitment through namesakes in honour of the respective local unions’ ingenuity and foresight will ensure that future generations fully appreciate the sacrifice of their leadership and members.”

About the Health Care Foundation

The Health Care Foundation is a philanthropic partner to Eastern Health that supports five adult hospitals serving the St. John’s region, including the Health Sciences Centre, St. Clare's Mercy Hospital, Waterford Hospital, Dr. L. A. Miller Centre and the Dr. Walter Templeman Health Centre. These hospitals provide specialized health care to residents throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.  During the 2013/14 fiscal year, the HCF transferred more than $3.1 million to Eastern Health to fund vital medical equipment, technology, items that enhance patient care, research and education.

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Media contact:
Jackie O’Brien
Manager, Communications and Stewardship
Health Care Foundation
(709) 777-5906