Overview of the Central Health Region
Establishment of Health Authority
Central Health assumed responsibility for the delivery and governance of health and community services and programs in the region on April 1, 2005, following the merger of the Central East Health Care Institutions Board, Central West Health Corporation and Health and Community Services - Central. The corporate headquarters is located at Grand Falls-Windsor.
Central Health is legislatively responsible for the delivery and administration of health and community services in the region under the Regional Health Authorities Act.
Central Health is a fully integrated health and community services organization which offers community based programs, and acute and long term care services. The community based services include, health promotion; health protection; mental health and addictions services; community corrections; child, youth, and family services; child care services; community support programs; intervention services; and community health nursing services. Primary health care, secondary acute care, and long-term care services are provided through the authority’s many health facilities.
Geography and Population
Central Health is the second largest region in Newfoundland and Labrador, serving approximately 94,000 residents with about half the total population residing close to two major communities, Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor. The region extends from Charlottetown in the east, to Fogo Island in the northeast, to Harbour Breton in the south, and to Baie Verte in the west. This geographical area encompasses more than half of the total area of the Island of Newfoundland.
Location of Health Services and Facilities
Central Health operates 35 community health centers, and 13 health facilities including two regional referral centers, six health centers, and five long-term care facilities. It employs approximately 3,000 people throughout the region.
There are about 845 beds in which 268 are acute care, 517 are long-term care, 32 are residential units and 28 are bassinets.
Each regional referral center has a designated Category A Emergency Room staffed by an on site casualty officer 24 hours per day. As well, the region has nine designated Category B emergency room sites with physicians on site during regular working hours and available on-call after hours. There are several private medical clinics and a number of clinics operated by Central Health on a full-time or traveling basis.