Forum Planned To Discuss Health Care Healing | A Focus on Windsor Regional’s Mega Hospital

Five organizations with interests in the care of the sick have joined together to host a Healing Health Care forum.

While some might wonder what needs to be healed, the groups believe the province’s aging hospitals have brought health care to a precipice demanding action to, “restore our public health care system to meet our community’s 21st century needs.”

Three guest speakers with intimate knowledge of the inner workings of Ontario health care have been booked for the event. They are Michael Hurley, President of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, Natalie Mehra, Executive Director of the Ontario Health Coalition and Windsor’s Philippa von Ziegenweidt, Spokesperson for the Citizens for an Accountable Mega-hospital Planning Process (CAMPP).

Currently Windsor’s Regional Hospital plans to close both of the city’s acute care hospitals and replace them with a new mega-hospital on an undeveloped farmer’s field south of Windsor’s Airport.

A selection committee reviewed a number of possible sites for the new hospital. In the end it concluded the selected location will put the replacement hospital in greater proximity to all residents of the region, including those in Essex County, which currently has a population almost equal to Windsor’s.

The discussion will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2018 starting at 7:00pm at the new downtown University of Windsor School of Social Work, 167 Ferry Street.

The five hosts for the evening’s discussion are Windsor on Watch, Council of Canadians, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, Ontario Health Coalition and the Citizens for an Accountable Mega-hospital Planning Process.

CAMPP spokesperson von Ziegenweidt, in a Facebook post, is optimistic of a, “great turnout, especially downtown residents who haven’t yet had an opportunity to learn about the mega-hospital plans.”

Robert Tuomi
Article & Photos by Robert Tuomi

For over a decade, Robert has covered local news and community events. Initially as a contributor to CBC Radio’s local morning show and then as the long-time producer and host of CJAM’s The Rest of the News and as a journalist at the Windsor Square. A graduate of the Nikon School of Photography he enjoys illustrating his reports with what he sees through his camera’s lens.