JOHN ROBBINS/Bullet News
FORT ERIE – The Town of Fort Erie will make a “major” announcement regarding the proposed Niagara South Hospital.
The announcement will be made during Monday night’s regular council meeting, town staff said in a media advisory issued Monday afternoon.
The advisory makes no mention of the specific details of the announcment, other than it relates to last fall’s recommendation by Niagara Health System supervisor Kevin Smith to build a new hospital near Lyons Creek Road and the QEW to replace existing facilities in Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Welland and Port Colborne.
Smith also recommended building two urgent-care centres in South Niagara to support the move to a single southern-tier site.
Smith has yet to release his recommendation as to the location for the urgent-care centres.
It’s widely expected one of the centres will be in Fort Erie and the other centre somewhere on the west side of the Welland Canal.
Fort Erie Mayor Doug Martin was one of six south-Niagara mayors who participated in the process of selecting the preferred site for a new hospital.
Smith’s recommendations are in the hands of Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews, who has yet to decide if and how to proceed.
The proposal has the support of Niagara Falls Liberal MPP Kim Craitor, who represents Fort Erie in the Ontario Legislature, as well as Progressive Conservative leader Tim Hudak and Bart Maves, the PC candidate in the Niagara Falls riding.
Another possibility for tonight’s announcement would involve council making an early pledge of financial support toward a new hospital capital campaign, contingent upon the plan’s approval.
Bullet News will be attending tonight’s council meeting and providing timely coverage of the event.
Check back later for updates.
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