The relationship between Wallaceburg residents and the Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) has been frosty for the past couple of decades. An open house held last week at the CBD Club, as the CKHA works toward not only engaging the public, but also building a strong and durable relationship with the community.
Former Sydenham District Hospital (SDH) member Conrad Noel said he is looking to be positive going forward. He said there is no longer a question or doubt if the hospital and/or its emergency room services are in jeopardy.
“That was the biggest fear,” Noel said.
“I’m going to assume that’s done.”
Noel said CKHA has been clear that two emergency rooms are needed in Chatham-Kent.
Noel is a member of the Save Our Sydenham (SOS) group, which will have a follow-up meeting to discuss local healthcare issues this Thursday (30) at 6 p.m. at the UAW Hall. The public is welcome to attend.
“People will have an opportunity to ask questions and also give us some feedback about where we should be going with the hospital,” Noel said.
Newly hired CKHA CEO and president Lori Marshall said she heard a lot of feedback from people wanting to know if the hospital is still interested in the Wallaceburg site.
“Absolutely, we see two sites as an asset to us as an organization,” Marshall said.
People also wanted some assurance that the level of engagement that they are currently seeing from the Alliance will continue, Marshall said, noting that trust is built up over time.
“We’re really talking about a new kind of relationship between the hospital and the residents.”
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