(WINDSOR, ON) – Every year, the Citizens for an Accountable Mega-Hospital Process hold an annual year end social. This year, the date for the event is December 13 starting at 6:30pm at the Dominion House in Olde Sandwich Town.
The reason behind the gathering is for CAMPP members to interface with residents, particularly those concerned about the building of a so-called mega hospital in a soybean field south of the airport. Once the hospital is built, Windsor’s two other hospitals will be decommissioned and either demolished or used for other purposes.
A facility called an Urgent Care Centre is also part of the mega plan. It will be built within the walls of the current Ouellette Campus of Windsor Regional Hospital, or on the grounds of the former Grace Hospital on University Avenue.
It will not, however, house an emergency room, nor have the capabilities to provide emergency services, and will not be open in the evening or at night.
CAMPP is an open organization and welcomes the opportunity to interact with other members of the community, thus the social will be open to all.
At this point Windsor Council has approved a hospital levy to raised funds for the city’s contribution to the hospital. So has Essex Ccounty, and the province has just confirmed financing for construction.
Windsor Council has not discussed, nor allowed any discussion, of the location of the new hospital. CAMPP members are not against a new hospital, but the group believes removing hospitals from the most densely populated area of the city and region could create a transportation handicap for residents.
Because of this, the group is advocating for a “re-think” of the issues surrounding the process. The location, south of the airport, was chosen by a non-elected selection committee.