Still no site for south Niagara hospital
After another meeting, the mayors of south Niagara still haven't picked where a new hospital & urgent care centre for their end of the region should go.
For the 2nd Friday morning in a row, the mayors of Niagara Falls, Welland, Fort Erie, Port Colborne, Pelham & Wainfleet piled in the Regional Chair's office. This time, Niagara Health System supervisor Dr. Kevin Smith joined them by conference call too.
The mayors used the meeting to go over stats from Niagara EMS about where calls for help come from, where patients are taken to & a general overview of catchments areas for ambulance service.
Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin says the group didn't talk about any specific sites but he'd like to start when they meet again, likely next week. Martin says they're in a time crunch with Dr. Smith hoping to have a final report on the Health Minister's desk for mid-June.
Some mayors, including Jim Diodati in Niagara Falls want some sort assurance from the Ministry that their work to pick a site won't be in vain.
Deb Matthews has called Dr. Smith's ambitious but is waiting to see what the public has to say about his pitch to reform Niagara healthcare.
Martin points out she hasn't said it isn't doable.