Vitalite Health Network unveils strategic plan in Bathurst

Vitalite Health Network's top official says it's new strategic plan, released yesterday in Bathurst, demonstrates a commitment to patient and family-centred care.

CEO Gilles Lanteigne says efforts will be made to treat patients closer to home as well as find alternatives to hospitalization.

Lanteigne says there will be increased focus on teaching and that research will be doubled over the next three years.

That, coupled with forming closer ties with the Universities of Moncton and Sherbrooke, are expected to help attract talented staff for specialized departments within the network.