News Releases

Eastern Health and Quality of Care NL Highlight the Importance of Addressing Antimicrobial Resistance

November 21, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health and Quality of Care NL join organizations around the world this week to increase awareness and action to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) as part of World Antimicrobial Awareness Week, November 18 to 24, 2022.

“Eastern Health is committed to increasing understanding of the risks associated with antimicrobial and antibiotic resistance in health care, and an important part of that is raising awareness about appropriate antibiotic use,” said Debbie Walsh, vice president for clinical services at Eastern Health. “Unnecessary use and misuse of antibiotics and other antimicrobials, such as antivirals and antifungals, is increasing the serious problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in Canada and around the world.”

Antibiotics and other antimicrobials have saved millions of lives since their discovery; but are gradually becoming less effective as bacteria and other microbes develop drug resistance. To help address AMR, since 2014, Eastern Health has led an Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee tasked with advocacy, education, and fostering responsible drug utilization. (more…)


Initiatives Aim to Increase Capacity for Orthopaedic Surgery in Newfoundland and Labrador

November 9, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Today, the Honourable Dr. Andrew Furey, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, announced two new initiatives to increase orthopaedic surgery capacity in Carbonear and St. Anthony. This builds on ongoing measures to help improve access to health care and reduce wait times for hip and knee joint replacement surgeries in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Work is now underway to utilize operating room capacity at Carbonear General Hospital for inpatient joint replacement surgeries. Traditionally, orthopaedic services at this site were limited to same day surgeries only. To accommodate the addition of joint replacement surgeries, four beds will be opened to admit patients following their surgery. It is anticipated that approximately 160 joint replacement surgeries could be performed at this location annually. Recruitment and training of the required staff will begin in the near future, and the timeline to get surgeries up and running will depend on these factors. (more…)


New Advanced Radiation System Improves Care for Cancer Patients

October 28, 2022 – St. John’s, NL:  Eastern Health is pleased to announce that the Provincial Cancer Care Program has a new radiation treatment suite that features a TrueBeam Radiation Therapy System. This leading-edge radiation treatment unit builds upon the treatment technology already in place at the Dr. H. Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre to provide further customized care to patients with cancers. The TrueBeam System is safe, reliable and delivers radiation treatments quickly and with high precision. (more…)


Eastern Health Hosting Living Lab Health Innovation Summit

October 26, 2022 – St. John’s, NL:  Eastern Health is hosting its annual living lab health innovation summit on October 26 and 27, 2022 at the new Health Innovation and Acceleration Centre, a space for Eastern Health and its innovation partners. This year’s theme is ‘Driving Value and Innovative Solutions through Collaborative Community Care.’ Over the course of two days, keynote speakers, presenters and panel discussions will explore and report on innovative ways to deliver primary health-care services, and various sessions will highlight achievements with innovation activities taking place in Newfoundland and Labrador. (more…)


Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Collaborative) Program Receives Highest Accreditation and Approval Awards

October 21, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health announced today that the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) (Collaborative) Program, offered by the Centre for Nursing Studies, has received seven-year approval status from the College of Registered Nurses of Newfoundland and Labrador (CRNNL) with a score of 100 per cent. The Centre for Nursing Studies (CNS) has also received a seven-year accreditation status from the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) in July of this year.

“These outstanding accreditation and approval outcomes affirm the high quality of nursing education offered in this province,” said Debbie Walsh, Vice President of Clinical Services & Chief Nursing Officer with the Centre for Nursing Studies. “Congratulations to faculty, staff, students and all those involved on this incredible achievement. This rating formally tells our stakeholders that the quality of education being received by the students here at CNS is top tier, which gives me comfort to know that our nurses are learning the best practices from the best faculty and staff that Canada has to offer.” (more…)


Eastern Health Provides Update on 2021-22 Annual Performance Report

September 29, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health held its annual general meeting (AGM) today, hosted by Leslie O’Reilly, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and Kenneth Baird, President and CEO (Interim). During the AGM, Eastern Health provided an overview of its performance in 2021-22, completing the second fiscal year of the organization’s 2020-23 Strategic Plan, Putting Excellence into Action.   (more…)


Eastern Health Reviewing Mammogram Results of Multi-Patient Occurrence

August 31, 2022 – St. John’s, NL:  Eastern Health is advising that, as a result of its preliminary review into an issue first identified by Central Health with select mammography results, it has confirmed that some mammograms were being read on viewing workstations that do not meet technical standards for the review of mammography images. The review to date suggests this multi-patient occurrence presents a low risk to patients. (more…)


Eastern Health Seeks Submissions for Name of  New Adult Mental Health and Addictions Facility  

August 18, 2022St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health is now accepting submissions for the name of the new adult mental health and addictions facility currently under construction at the Health Sciences Complex. The new facility is scheduled to open in 2024.

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Eastern Health Accepting Applications for Scholarships

August 2, 2022 – St. John’s, NL:  Eastern Health is now accepting applications for scholarships available to staff and dependants of staff within Eastern Health, and for other eligible post-secondary students. (more…)


Eastern Health Launches 2022 Community Health Survey

July 27, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health, in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Statistics Agency (NLSA), has launched its 2022 community health survey and is encouraging feedback from residents across the region. This survey is a part of the organization’s Community Health Assessment, an ongoing process undertaken to understand the health, strengths and needs of the overall population and communities we serve and to provide important information to help plan health services. (more…)


Eastern Health Announces CEO Awards of Excellence

June 24, 2022 St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health is pleased to announce the recipients of its annual CEO Awards of Excellence. The awards were given today during a special event to celebrate Employee Recognition Week 2022, which runs from June 20 to 24. (more…)


Eastern Health Announces Launch of Healthy Food Policy  

June 21, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health is pleased to announce the official launch of its Healthy Food Policy for Retail. The policy focuses on offering food and beverages consistent with Canada’s Food Guide and applies to all cafeterias, canteens, vending machines and gift shops/auxiliaries in Eastern Health facilities. The policy will be implemented across the region over the next three years.  (more…)


Eastern Health Advises on the Temporary Move of the “Graces” Monument 

June 17, 2022 – St. John’s, NL:  Eastern Health is advising of the temporary move of the “Graces” monument from outside the main entrance of the Health Sciences Centre to outside of the neighbouring Nuclear and Molecular Medicine facility. The move, which is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 18, 2022, is necessary to facilitate construction work in the area for the upcoming redevelopment of the emergency department.   (more…)


Eastern Health Opens First Clinical Research Satellite Site

June 8, 2022 – Grand Falls-Windsor, NL: Eastern Health’s first Clinical Research Satellite Site is now open in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL. The site is among the first of its kind in the country and is part of the Canadian Remote Access Framework for Clinical Trials (CRAFT), which aims to broaden access to innovative treatment options made available through trials for eligible cancer patients, regardless of where they live in Canada. (more…)


St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital Marks 100 Years

May 20, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: On Sunday, May 22, 2022, St. Clare’s Mercy Hospital in St. John’s will celebrate 100 years of providing health-care services to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. (more…)


Applications Now Available for the Fertility Subsidy Program

May 2, 2022 – St. John’s, NL:  Eastern Health is pleased to announce that applications are now being accepted for the fertility subsidy program to assist individuals who need to travel out of the province for fertility treatments. (more…)


Eastern Health Awards 2021-2022 Healthy Communities Partnership Fund Grants

April 5, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2021-2022 Healthy Communities Partnership Fund, which supports local groups and organizations and their work to strengthen the health of communities. (more…)


Eastern Health Opening Two Additional Collaborative Team Clinics in Metro Area

March 9, 2022 – St. John’s, NL:  Eastern Health is announcing the opening of two new Collaborative Team Clinics in the metro area as it moves forward with its long-term approach to delivering primary health-care for individuals without a family health-care provider. These two new clinics are in addition to the Collaborative Team Clinic on Pippy Place which opened in 2020. (more…)


Increase in Positive COVID-19 Cases on Unit at the Dr. L.A. Miller Centre 

January 4, 2022 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health advises the public that all outpatient appointments at the Dr. L.A. Miller Centre have been cancelled, after five patients on a unit tested positive for COVID-19. Clients will be contacted by their health-care team regarding their next appointment. (more…)


Eastern Health Launches Community-Based Respiratory Program

October 28, 2021 – St. John’s, NL:  Eastern Health is announcing the launch of a new and innovative community-based comprehensive respiratory care (CRC) program which will make it easier for patients with chronic respiratory disease to access care in the community. The referral-based program provides preventative care and fosters self-management through enhanced education and supports that have the potential to significantly improve health outcomes and quality of life for those living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma. Services are provided by a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) who is also a certified respiratory educator who works in collaboration with the patient’s primary care provider to treat the patient. (more…)


Eastern Health Hosting Living Lab Health Innovation Summit

October 19, 2021 – St. John’s, NL:  Eastern Health is hosting its annual living lab health innovation summit on October 20 and 21, 2021. The two-day event will share the most recent ideas around research and innovation and examine the role that research plays in advancing health care in Newfoundland and Labrador. Keynote speakers and presenters will share how their research is generated in partnership with industry, health-care organizations, universities, and government. (more…)


Eastern Health and BD-Canada Partner to Establish First MedTech Innovation Site in Province

October 19, 2021 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health and BD-Canada are pleased to announce the launch of their strategic partnership prior to this year’s innovation summit by formally naming Eastern Health as a BD innovation site for North America. This designation and partnership will ensure that Eastern Health is at the forefront of new technology while providing access to a live health-care environment for BD to test their products and services including medical devices, hardware, software and innovative procurement methods. (more…)


Eastern Health Highlights Progress in 2020-21 Annual Performance Report

September 29, 2021 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health held its annual general meeting (AGM) today, hosted by Leslie O’Reilly, Chair of the Board of Trustees, and David Diamond, President and CEO. During the AGM, Eastern Health provided an overview of its performance in 2020-21, completing the first fiscal year of the organization’s Strategic Plan for 2020-23, Putting Excellence into Action. (more…)


Eastern Health Invites Applications for Healthy Communities Partnership Fund

September 27, 2021 – St. John’s, NL: Eastern Health invites non-profit and community-based groups to apply for funding under its 2021 Healthy Communities Partnership Fund. The fund, valued at $50,000 annually, was established in 2007 by Eastern Health’s Board of Trustees to support local community groups and organizations by funding projects that foster healthy communities. (more…)


Eastern Health Welcomes New Innovation Partners

September 14, 2021 – St. John’s, NL:  Eastern Health is pleased to announce the addition of four new innovation partners as vendors of record. Through partnerships, Eastern Health continues to provide exemplary care for patients, residents and clients in new and innovative ways while also providing economic benefits back to the province. (more…)


Eastern Health Accepting Scholarship Applications

 August 24, 2021 – St. John’s, NL:  Eastern Health is now accepting applications for scholarships available to staff and dependents of staff within Eastern Health, and other eligible post-secondary students.

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