Community likely to be pleased with potential buyer: hospital CEO

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By Adam Brazeau
CORNWALL, Ontario - The former Second Street site of the Cornwall Community Hospital is being eyed by an interested buyer, said CEO Jeanette Despatie.

Jeannette Despatie, CEO Cornwall Community Hospital.

"We had a number of potential buyers and offers and we're now working with another," she said. "We do think the intent of the current buyer aligns with what people in Cornwall are hoping for."

Social acitivists spent much of 2013 forming a coalition opposing the sale of the Second Street site. Their goal was to operate a health clinic and other supporting functions at the property, through the use of public money. But without the support of city council, the province, and the Local Health Integration Network the coalition lost all its steam.

"I'm not going to weigh in to the debate about what that property might be used for in the future" said Despatie.

Her focus is selling the $2-million property as the hospital works towards transferring all services to their revitalized McConnell Avenue site.

"We have an obligation to ensure that we use our resources to deliver acute care services to the community and in order to do that we need to dispose of the property," she said. "The site has been listed for sale for over a year now. We had originally accepted one offer and that buyer has since declined."

Right now the hospital is waiting for the buyer's conditions to be satisfied.

Despatie couldn't confirm if the buyer is an individual or a group due to confidentiality agreements.

Organizations: Cornwall hospital

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