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Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Aliant donates $35,000 Dialysis Machine for James Paton Memorial Hospital in Gander


Gander, NL - The Province’s health care system received another boost from Aliant this week with the donation of Dialysis Machine valued at $35,000 to the James Paton Memorial Hospital in Gander. Atlantic Canada’s largest communications company earlier this month provided $200,000 to the Health Care Foundation in St. John’s to purchase a Heart-Lung machine for the Health Care Corporation.

The surprise announcement took place at the conclusion of the “Doin It For Dialysis” Telethon on March 13 in Gander. After over 30 years of lobbying for dialysis services for James Paton Memorial Hospital, the first patients were dialyzed at the new Unit on February 28. There are 12 patients who will receive care at the new Dialysis Unit in its first months of operation. The eight dialysis machines that have been purchased can ultimately serve the treatment needs of up to 48 patients a week when the Dialysis Unit is at full capacity.

“Our pledge to James Paton Memorial Hospital this week re-confirms our commitment to the people of this region,” said Frank Fagan, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Aliant. “Through these significant donations, we are able to make a real difference to all people in the region who need these vital services for their ongoing quality health care needs.”

David Lewis, CEO of the Central East Health Care Institutions Board stated: “This is a great example of public private partnerships in providing medical services to our community. We are extremely delighted with this very generous donation made by Aliant. On behalf of our patients and staff we thank them wholeheartedly.”

The Official Opening of the Dialysis Unit will take place on Tuesday, March 29 at 2 p.m. in the north courtyard of James Paton Memorial Hospital. Representatives of the Provincial Government, municipalities, healthcare, media and donor groups will be present. The general public is also welcome to attend.

Background:
ESKD (End Stage Kidney Disease) is the medical term for the failure of both kidneys, which are the vital organs that filter toxins and extra water out of the body. When both kidneys fail to function, harmful waste builds up inside the body. Unless a person with ESKD has a kidney transplant, he or she will need regular dialysis a procedure that cleans and filters the blood in order to survive.

About Aliant
From its home base in Atlantic Canada, Aliant delivers a wide variety of innovative and traditional communications services, including local and long distance telephony, wireless, Internet, e-commerce, interactive multimedia, data and managed network services, to more than two million consumers and over 80,000 enterprises. Aliant complements its industry-leading telecommunications business with strengths in information technology solutions and knowledge-services applications. Aliant's approximately 8,400 employees build on its 100-plus year history by collaborating to deliver the highest quality of customer service, choice and convenience. Aliant has a market capitalization of approximately $3.8 billion.

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For more information please contact:

Anna Peddle
Aliant Communications & Public Affairs
1-888-818-6825
anna.peddle@aliant.ca

Raelene White
Director of Development
Central Northeast Health Foundation
709-256-5742
rawhite@cehcib.nf.ca

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