Hospital foundation makes $500k request of city council

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Cornwall Community Hospital

City council is being petitioned to spend $500,000 to help the Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation send its fundraising campaign over the top.

Representatives with the hospital foundation were before city council Monday night and have requested the money that will be used to help pay for a new MRI machine, as well as a digital urology table.

Council has sent the request to administartors for a report.

The foundation has been able to secure $3.1 million of its $3.5-million goal, and campaign honourary chair Jim Brownell told councillors the $500,000 request could be spread out instead of providing it in a lump sum.

"I have heard of other municipalities that have spread it out over three years," said Brownell.

There was little comment from councillors on actually approving the request. That discussion will likely happen during the 2013 budget deliberations, where city council is already under immense pressure to reign in spending and reduce expenses.

But Monday night many around the council table, and hospital officials, sung the praises of the hospital which is undergoing a massive renovation.

"I can assure you that the new building and the new equipment is already assisting us with reruitment," said hospital CEO Jeanette Despatie, adding that a search for a new orthopedic surgeon is going well, as word of the new amenities at the hospital is spreading. "We have a file full of orthopedic surgeons who want to come to Cornwall.

"We're very well off in that regard."

If the hospital campaign goes beyond the $3.5-million goal, Brownell suggested extra funds could be used to help offset the costs of replacing aging ultrasound equipment at the hospital.

It's anticipated that the new west wing currently under construction at the hospital, which will include amenities like new operating theatres, willbe ready for use in the coming months.

Organizations: Cornwall Community Hospital Foundation

Geographic location: Cornwall

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