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Sussex Health Centre officially opens digital mammography service

(SUSSEX) February 10, 2012 - The Sussex Health Centre officially opened its new digital mammography service today and recognized major donors that contributed to the Sussex Health Centre Foundation's campaign to purchase the digital mammography unit.

Bruce Northrup, Minister of Natural Resources and MLA for Kings East, represented MadeleineDubé, Minister of Health at the official opening. He joined senior officials from Horizon Health Network, the Sussex Health Centre Foundation and its major donors; the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan Inc. (PotashCorp) to celebrate this event.  

"Breast cancer is the most common cancer and the second-leading cause of death amongNew Brunswickwomen," said Northrup. "This digital mammography service will allow for the expansion of breast cancer screening services, increase patient access, reduce wait times and improve image quality. The Government of New Brunswick is pleased to be a partner in this project that will be so beneficial to women throughout theKingsCountyarea."

The new digital mammography unit began operation on February 2 and is anticipated to complete 1,500 digital mammography procedures per year.

"The new digital mammography unit will play a key role in the early detection of breast cancer, which is a vital part of the successful treatment of the disease," said Donald J. Peters, President and Chief Executive Officer, Horizon Health Network. "We are very grateful to the Sussex Health Centre Foundation, its corporate and community partners and the Department of Health for their contribution to this important piece of equipment that will enhance patient care."

The digital mammography unit, valued at $650,000, was funded by the Sussex Health Centre Foundation and the Department of Health. Investments included $200,000 from PotashCorp, $100,000 from the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and $170,000 from the Department of Health.

"The Sussex Health Centre Foundation and its many volunteers are very is pleased to be part of a project that will improve the health and wellness of women in our region," said Anthonie de Hoog, President of the Sussex Health Centre Foundation. "The incredible support of our generous donors, local businesses and community partners enabled us to achieve this crucial campaign and enhance health care in the Sussex area in a very short time. "

Horizon Health Network is the largest health-care organization in Atlantic Canada, operating 12 hospitals and more than 100 medical facilities, clinics and offices providing medical services ranging from acute care to community based health services toNew Brunswick, northernNova ScotiaandPrince Edward Island. With 1,000 physicians, an annual budget exceeding $1 billion and approximately 13,000 employees, Horizon Health Network's strategic vision focuses on research, innovation and education.



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