Health Coalition worried about future of small rural hospitals – Sarnia Observer

April 26, 2019

Although the Ontario government talks about the future of local rural hospitals in rosy terms, a healthcare advocate is concerned for hospitals like Wallaceburg’s.

And Shirley Roebuck, chair of the Wallaceburg and Walpole Island First Nation Health Coalition, said it’s time to worry about small rural hospitals.

In February, Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton visited Wallaceburg to announce a $500,000 planning grant to redevelop the hospital. The redevelopment will include expanded ambulance, emergency and outpatient services.

Lori Marshall, president & CEO of the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance, echoed McNaughton in saying that both the province and the Health Alliance are both committed to the long-term future of the hospital and said the planning grant proves that.

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