CCH Capitulates to Public Outcry – Cornwall General Moratorium Announced – Decision Delayed Until March 7, 2013

CCH Capitulates to Public Outcry – Cornwall General Moratorium Announced – Decision Delayed Until March 7, 2013
Helen Periard & Jeanette Despatie
Helen Periard & Jeanette Despatie

CFN – It looks like petitions and outcries from the public have had a first impact in the situation involving the former Cornwall General Hospital in Cornwall Ontario.

After trying to sell the hospital without public consultation it appears that the board of the Cornwall Community Hospital have decided on a Moratorium to “review” the issue.

CFN helped expose the chronology of mayhem in our earlier stories(link to earlier stories) and have an online petition available that has drawn over 200 signatures so far.

 

Greg Kielic of The Journal wrote:

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The hospital board had originally planned to review purchase offers at its meeting Thursday night. But Jeanette Despatie, CCH chief executive officer, said the board will instead review any offers at its meeting on March 7. The board decided to delay the review of offers for the former Cornwall General Hospital site due to the high level of interest that has been shown in the property and to give other interested parties time to consider options for the site, Despatie said. The Eastern Ontario Health Unit board, on the initiative of city councillor Andre Rivette, had been pushing for the site to been considered for long-term care, but Despatie said that is not within the hospital’s mandate. “We are not in the long-term care business,” she said in an interview with The Journal this morning.

Greg Peerenboom of the Standard Freeholder wrote:

“It was in the best interests to give the sale more time before we have more discussions on what might be offered to us,” said Helene Periard, hospital board.

The board is meeting Thursday, but it has postponed previously scheduled discussions on the Second Street sale.

Hospital spokesperson Shaun McDonald said the board won’t “receive or review” real estate offers for Second Street until a meeting on March 7.

Periad said the decision to postpone was made with feedback from a board subcommittee.

rivetteOne of the chief advocates for keeping Second Street, Coun. Andre Rivette, reads a different message from the board.

“It’s very clear, (the board) was learning how to run before learning how to walk,” Rivette said.

Well that’s step one ladies and gentlemen.   Now it’s time for a proper public consultation process to begin and for the community to truly decide what happens to this facility as we are the ones that have to pay the bill at the end of the day.

You can post your comments below.   And to vote in the online petition please click here.

 

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36 Comments on "CCH Capitulates to Public Outcry – Cornwall General Moratorium Announced – Decision Delayed Until March 7, 2013"

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Reg Coffey
Member

The Journal? Standard Freeholder? Are you saying that the CCH board wouldn’t give a quote to CFN? Why am I not surprised.

bigfellow
Guest

Who’s in charge here? What I just read was a crisis inside the hospital executive staff. The board wants this and the sub board wants that and our two females want their own way.
Say goodbye to the whole lot, they can’t make a decent decision just a tactical time move of delay.

Highlander
Guest

Jamie so is that right the CCH board would not give you a quote ?

Yet the rag le Journal who recently deliberately misinformed their readers(playing linguistic politics)and not printing the truth with regards to recent South Glengarry article got a quote ?

Ah political smokescreen at it again ,hospitals are there to provide care not be a political instrument.

Highlander
Guest

I guess for the Hospital the TRUTH hurts,but by refusing to speak to a media outlet only limits their ability to get their message out there.

The hospital needs the media to help repair their tainted image ,the public is very aware of the many problems management has .
From you being bullied out of the hospital ,2nd street site sale ,discriminatory hiring practices ,the list goes on and on.

mariah
Guest

It has been proven time & time again that the only truth comes from CFN,how in hell can we ever trust the journal again after it lied about SG meeting,SF no better but at least it apologized for Mac’s lies

hailey Brown
Member
I didn’t see any quote, sorry are you referring to the cost of repair and upgrades or the selling price? There are a few sides seem to be missed here I agree the cost for upgrades will be high, but that is only due to people looking on how to bill for all the people on staff. They create documentation, procedures and often way too often interpret what is stated and justifying it with more procedures and paper work. For people such as Ms Periard and Ms Despatie the ability to see this is way above their ability. These old… Read more »
Stan
Member

Periard/Despatie should be investigated by the Charbonneau Commission for criminal activities.

Mary Anne Pankhurst
Member

All those who ignore CFN are ignoring its readers; who are voters, taxpayers, volunteers, potential volunteers, those who give charitable donations to the hospital and other causes, and people who spend money in community businesses.

We are paying attention.

Like Jamie always says, support CFNs sponsors and tell them you follow CFN news.

Dave Windsor
Guest
Wonder what the offer all the ay from France has to do with CCH. Don’t believe Periard nor Despatie were prepared to stall any sale for 6 weeks ANYWAY despite public and MPP, Andre Rivette’s concerns and pressure. Not for 1 minute folks. The deal would have been done in day 1 if they could have got away with it. This once was a training hospital back ‘when’ with the East wing as rooming for the nurses in training, AND it was built AFTER the old McConnell Hotel Dieu. Would they not have found it ‘cheaper’ to tear IT down… Read more »
Bruno
Guest

It makes me sick that nowadays, it costs more to renovate than to build a new facility, so demolish the the GH.
What we need here is a Community Steering Committee to study the feasibility of turning this facility into a Long Term Care without costing an arm and a leg.

local
Guest

“The board decided to delay the review of offers for the former Cornwall General Hospital site due to the high level of interest that has been shown in the property.

Oh, now there are lots of offers after the cat got out of the bag? Naturally… What investor in their right mind would pass off such a gift, a hospital for a mere $2 mln?

Perriard and Despatie should be investigated for intending to do harm to the hospital and the public (it’s their property) for trying to sell it at a bargain-basement price.

jess
Guest

Bruno, do you want to build “without costing an arm and a leg”? Don’t hire Quebec mafia and its Ontario chapter.

Mr. Magoo
Guest
Mr. Editor, (Jamie) Just who makes up this Board (CCH) ? On a separate note, I feel that the heat, is rising in the kitchen & some folks are not enjoying it ? “JIMMY OLSEN” good comments, for quite some time now, I’ve been ignoring all of the businesses, that are leading the parade against CFN ! It’s just my little way of saying “enough” ! Glad to see MPP. Jim on board . Would it ever be nice, to see Counc. Rivette, get some help on this crucial issue, from the rest of Council ? Hello ?
cityBS
Guest
I can not figure out why Perriard and Despatie are not being questioned about their ethics and what they have done to the CCH image and why they have not been terminated for their actions. They are no different then the clowns who worked at the City, look at the image they left on this community. It will be many years before that stain is cleaned up or if it ever will. It pains many people to no end every time you drive by the hospital, it may have a new look but it’s nothing but a huge joke. We… Read more »
George
Guest

“Although Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews, local MPP Jim McDonell and community members have suggested community consultation prior to the sale, hospital chief executive officer Jeanette Despatie doesn’t see the purpose”. http://editionap.ca/fr/node/898

Who Perriard and Despatie think they are? People, let’s FIRE THEM!

hailey Brown
Member

George
I read the article you posted and Despatie seems a little cold hearted in her statement

“I’m not sure what the consultation would be,
” Despatie told The Journal this morning. “It (long-term care) is not our mandate, quite honestly.”

She seem to neglect the reason for long term care necessity is from the poor service she provides as hospital CEO.

Sick of Stupidity
Guest

A “slight” delay to review offers. We want more than that! We want new people running the show at CCH ASAP to clean up this mess!!!!

Also, yes, I agree with many of the above posters, CFN will give you the real scoop and not sugar coat things because of the fear of losing out on advertising dollars$$$$$.

The truthful people of Cornwall will advertise with CFN and they are the ones that the citizens of Cornwall should be doing their business with. I know I will!

Hailey Brown
Guest
Admin I believe you are, and I do hope I am wrong, but I believe you are misled by this stall tactic. There is nothing revealed that is not suppose to be revealed here. As I mentioned in a previous post, the proposals were so poorly prepared the board needed someone to stall the procedure. In the end nothing will change, and Ms Despatie knows this to be true. The Hospital is not for long term health care. That is a different entity and that will be her proposal in any future meetings. I commend you efforts but I truly… Read more »
Highlander
Guest
Hailey Brown January 24, 2013 at 8:07 am “I believe you are, and I do hope I am wrong, but I believe you are misled by this stall tactic.” Hailey I do believe this is a stall tactic but the public is becoming more aware. I am very proud of Cornwall citizens making a stand.Too often the public does not get involved when they should ,we live in a country where apathy rules. This apathy has been created by the government ,people feel their voice is no longer heard “so why bother ” this could explain the low voter turnout.… Read more »
Hailey Brown
Guest

I am hoping as well.
Maybe if someone went with an idea rather then a question we would receive better results

Wow!
Guest

Holy Roy Perkins! The idea that the proposals are too poorly prepared is bogus. All real estate transactions are simply documented. Agreement of Purchase and Sale and conditions if any, and remuneration offered.
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That being said, I always thought these two were physically repulsive. Now I know they have no souls. Son.

Simon
Guest

In Cornwall, where “philanthropy” is just the cost of doing business — what pray tell is the bill going to be from ReMax because of this delay?

Seems like Jamie and Terry just can’t lose.

Dave Windsor
Guest
Spirit. Spirit is in great part, the heart of the matter here. I believe that the entire CCH administrative group, Ms. Despatie, Ms. Periard and their Board of Directors, (note, with respect to each of them), were blindsided by the tsunami or anger that confronted them in their ‘sale’ dump of CGH. Further, I believe that if they did NOT add insult to injury by their give away price recommendation of a mere two million dollars for a property some community members have held to a high as much as $60 million dollars, only invited this backlash. I also accept… Read more »
Dave Windsor
Guest

(to continue) WHOSE JOB IS IT ANYWAY

PEOPLE, the CCH CEO and Board of Management/Directors. This should never have been their job IN THE FIRST PLACE.

So, WHOSE JOB IS IT ANYWAYS?

Some one or a number of people of influence, be it politicians, the LHIN facilitators……..or some other innocuous government department or agency legislated to sell/transition public properties should have come forward to use jurisprudence, with sensitivity training because we sure as (to repeat a sensitive word)…HELL have not had any professionalism via the current methodology, real-estate seller aside, up to this point

Dave Windsor
Guest
An appropriate amount of the monies from the sale of these properties, other than to be used to create an appropriate monument uplifting the history and life of the CGH should be used for funding future needs of the community as recognized by the city council of the day. In this way, application for those needs can be assessed in a bi-partisan way…….that most certainly can include the MRI request of $500,000 gift. Can you imagine if we were able to acquire a sale for say $30,000,000 and manage it in a similar way as the fund placement from the… Read more »
Hailey Brown
Guest
Many agree admin and fully support you as do I. How do we fix it? Saying it needs help, or speaking on how poor these two spinster sisters are, or what happens between them and the mayor in back door stuff is not a solution. It is the fuel that feeds the fire and all the top dogs do is stay warm from it while we freeze. Have you ever found out who actually owns the hospital? I thought it was a public institution or building. If so only the public can benefit and must be part of decisions. Old… Read more »
Hailey Brown
Guest

On a side note, you should ask Despatie where all the documents went when the Diabetic nurse left the hospital.

bigfellow
Guest
My,my, my, it seems that someone has finally shown who is who on the commitee of the hospital. Just imagine, all those people who are suppose to help make intelligent decisions, allow two people to take the heat and make irresponsible decisions. Two million dollars and RE/Max had a say in it? Shame on you RE/Max. You might have made a little profit, but, you sure lost face at the selling price . Guess who I’m NOT going to call to sell my house. I looked at all the persons named and yet they did not give a damn about… Read more »
local
Guest

Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care clearly has a mandate of long-term care. The Cornwall Hospital is a government agency. There you have it. If there is a will, there is a way…

Dave Windsor
Guest
My understanding was that the ‘government agency’ that LOCAL referred to as being the former CGH was sucked dry of its hard earned surplus by the CEO and board of directors of the day to pay down the deficit of the CCH, former Hotel Dieu, or whatever uses they decided as the CGH automatically was ceded to the new CCH once the decision was reversed for the Dieu to be revived as the new location for the new city hospital. So, lock, stock and psych ward went to them as well. Some things look shady in Denmark here as the… Read more »
bigfellow
Guest

Dave Windsor And Hailey Brown both have have said it like it should be.
I can’t understand, where a board/hospital commitee can be responsible for two(2) hospitals. I would be greatly surprised/shocked, if I saw thier paychecks.
As far as slating a civic meeting at this pacticuar time and , it shows thier unintelligence towards trying to find an honest ending to this thier stupid errors knowing the outside temperature, time of the meeting,nothing more shows me how greatly the whole lot sure be removed,period.
Goverment, move in.

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