The awarding of a new 60-bed nursing home contract announced today for the Moncton area has inspired an innovative partnership between the Université de Moncton and Shannex RLC Limited, a provider of long-term care in the province.
“This is an exciting project because it is more than just a new 60-bed nursing home. It is an example of innovation and partnership that is creating a senior-friendly community that fits our vision of healthy aging, where seniors are active and engaged and where the right services and supports are available to each individual throughout their respective journey,” said Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers.
The awarding of the contract prompted discussions between the Université de Moncton and Shannex, the result of which will be an innovative development between the two organizations. In 2010, the university had announced plans to develop a research and development campus. Shannex’s nursing home, along with a full retirement living community, will be the first development on this land. The partnership presents tremendous opportunities for the university and the Greater Moncton area.
“This agreement demonstrates that we are determined to become the economic partner of choice in order to optimize the use of our land while, at the same time, increasing our potential for research, development, innovation and job creation for students,” said Université de Moncton president and vice chancellor Raymond Théberge. “We are delighted to participate in the first-ever nursing home project on a New Brunswick university campus.”
Shannex has signed a long-term lease with the Université de Moncton that provides for access to approximately 4.9 hectares of land on the institution’s research and development campus. Economic spin-offs from the partnership will, for the large part, be allocated to research on the health of seniors.
“This innovative project will provide an opportunity to create bridges between generations, internships and jobs for health care students and research projects on aging,” added president Théberge.
The agreement with Shannex protects the French-language components of the infrastructure project. The lease contains language clauses regarding the academic partnership, the language of work, the name of the complex and priority rights in relation to the rental of the units. “The Université becomes a leader in the preservation of the language rights of the Acadian and Francophone population of New Brunswick,” concluded the president.
“We are pleased to have been selected to provide 60 new long-term care beds in Moncton,” says Jason Shannon, President and COO of Shannex. “We are also excited about working with the Université de Moncton on this project. Shannex will deliver and operate the entire development in French, including the nursing home. We have committed to our stakeholders and the university that this will be a francophone community.”
In addition to the 60-bed long-term care facility, Shannex will offer a full continuum of services that include the construction of a retirement living home, special care home and lifestyle apartments. Priority for housing units will be given to Université de Moncton retirees. The development represents, in the first phase, an investment of $50 million by Shannex and will create approximately 150 new jobs for New Brunswickers in a variety of sectors, including health care and hospitality services. The project will take approximately 24 months to complete.
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