Cornwall General Hospital Sold to Ottawa Developers – Did Cornwall Fail? 11th Councilor by Jamie Gilcig

jg2CORNWALL Ontario – When politics take over principles we all lose.   Today it was 2nd Hospitalannounced that the Cornwall General Hospital site was sold to developers in Ottawa for $2M.     We have not confirmed that number as the Hospital has not sent us a release.

Sadly politics doomed a much needed facility for our community.   The uses for this wonderful building could be many; and the new owners will be put it to good use, but will it help Cornwall and the people of Cornwall who donated so much and ultimately paid the bill?

Through a myriad of levels of government the hospital’s fate was sealed.   A last minute attempt by Mark A MacDonald was an utter failure as Mr. MacDonald appeared to be more concerned in using the hospital to further his own political aspirations than to actually saving the facility as one supporter after another drifted away due to a lack of organization and results.

The first meeting to save the hospital drew over 100 people including our MPP (who also defeated Mr. MacDonald) and a few city Councilors.   Subsequently poorly planned and notified meetings seemed to be focused on the mythical Concerned Citizens Coalition headed by Mr. MacDonald and a high school student.

Mayor Kilger responded to Mr. MacDonald’s efforts (they ran against each other in the last election) by calling, along with council, to create a committee that we have yet to see record of or hear mention of ever meeting.

The local initiative connected to Dr. Dany Tombler also was said to have fallen through while the entire process was shrouded in unnecessary darkness.   After all; it is a public facility.

While many people supported saving the hospital for the community the simple fact is that people did not work together or come together.   The big stake holders lay down after Mayor Kilger stated he was not convinced saving the hospital was a good idea.   (compared to chem tanks on the harbour front?)

As Chantal Leclerc mentions in the video below there is no place for extra long term beds right now in the community other than the Cornwall General facility.

The big questions coming down the road is who pushed the buttons and why?   How was Cornwall helped by dumping this facility?

At the end of the day is this simply another example of our community being let down by poor leadership?   Will the $2 million dollars the hospital receives for this facility even compare to the cost of having to build in the future?  I think not.

What do you think Cornwall?  You can post your comments below.

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Claudette MacIntosh
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Claudette MacIntosh

It seems like all hope for Cornwall is lost Looking at two big local issues the Tanks at the Harbor and this sale of the Hospital seems to prove nobody can get organized or care enough to join hands and block all the behind closed door deals Everybody seems to be looking out for their own interests On another troubling front you have the name of Editor of Seaway News appearing on a boycott facebook page that often includes vulgar jokes no matter how you feel about their cause it doesn’t seem to help anybody.Nobody seems in charge of the… Read more »

hailey Brown
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hailey Brown

Who bought the Hospital?

jules
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jules

I came on just a while ago and saw the shock about the sale of the former CGH was sold to an Ottawa Developer. OHM the General will be no more and will be turned into a high end facility for the rich and the regular people will be out in the cold if something isn’t done to turn things around. I am busy cleaning my sons’s pigstye of a room and came across an old picture of the old CGH when I was a child as well as a picture of the old bridge in Cornwall as well as… Read more »

Jane Doe
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Jane Doe

Dr Tombler and the other Doctors who were interested in buying the hospital but one of the major investors among them dropped out so it fell through.. And it is too bad as these Docs had no plans of making Private clinics as they said. “Not appropriate for Cornwall.. Now what the folks from Ottawa will do well we will mast have to wait and see.

Hugger1
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Hugger1

Yes, the sale of the General Hospital site will help the citizens of Cornwall. The site has been sold to developers of long-term care facilities. However, long-term care needs for each area are determined by the province, not the property owner. As of now Cornwall and area have been determined to have an adequate amount of LTC beds. Is it accurate? Who knows. I doubt that provincial numbers in any provincial program ever match community needs. For all we know they could decide to build / renovate the site for retirement residences, which are not regulated as to how many… Read more »

Claudette MacIntosh
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Claudette MacIntosh

You read my message exactly right Mr Jamie
I don’t want to take sides or get on a hate list but having real professional journalists as my friend(Peter) come to realize if you are going to report on a subject having your name on such a list destroys your credibility. Looking over that site yesterday it shocked my faith seeing all the vulgarity posted
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Hugger1
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Hugger1

Jules…shocked? We’ve known for quite a while that the site was for sale, so it shouldn’t shock anyone. Jules there you go again jumping to conclusions. There has been no indication that the site will be turned into a high end facility or for that matter anything right now. Even if it’s turned into retirement residences the price will probably run starting at $1500+. That’s not exactly high end, but not exactly affordable by everyone either. My mother was in one in Ottawa. She had a what they called a suite, to me it was more like a bachelor apartment.… Read more »

Claudette MacIntosh
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Claudette MacIntosh

Ok then (moderated)
If attacked again from Toronto i know the subject matter to push back that will set him off
its just too easy
I never asked for this!!!!

Hugger1
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Hugger1

@ Claudette MacIntosh…why even go to that site?

fern
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fern

jamie who is the guy in the picture?

jules
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jules

Hugger I just came back a few minutes ago and it will take me days to sort things out. I should have called the garbage truck to come. LOL LOL. I have been after that crazy monkey for a mighty long time and no go so his old lady had to do it and I am far from finished. Before that I did my floors (washed them). About the former General Hospital that would be great turned into a place for the elderly which is mighty needed – the way I feel just now I am just about there. Honestly… Read more »

jules
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jules

Jamie I don’t go on Facebook at all nor most places on the net but what I read from Claudette MacIntosh it must be bad. Jamie you are a decent fellow and not one who will go on hate groups or any such garbage. I like and respect you and so do other people and we don’t want to see a nice gentleman on such trashy sites. Don’t lower yourself to the level of the scum. You have an image to obtain and not lower your standards. I haven’t read anything nor will I go to such a place and… Read more »

fern
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fern

honestly jules we came here when the seaway was being built cornwall had its moments bad and good its my home bad or good i will die here

BEBE REBOZZO
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BEBE REBOZZO

Mr. Editor,,,,, Excellent comments “Hugger” regarding the GENERAL. Hopefully, God willing, this new developer from Ottawa, will require site plans, all pertinent provincial , municipal permits, etc, etc. ? After, the latest fiasco regarding the tanks on our waterfront, we the Public should scrutinize absolutely everything that this bunch (Council) touches ? By all means, I fully comprehend that this sale, was not a City transaction, but orchestrated by the CCH Board, however, now the developer must obviously deal with the City. Let us make it 100% crystal , crystal clear, that we won’t be “bamboozled” like we were with… Read more »

john rothwell
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john rothwell

strategic planning by the buyers, add it all up. worst weather, most distasteful time of the year, miserable and cold. those effected most by the sale are highly susceptable to the elements. the elderly do not fair well in the weather we have been experiencing, good reason for poor attendance at the meeting!!!!
what better time for the conclusion of the sale?
on a positive note at least its an ontario firm that made the purchase
what they do with it will be their decision, but it will be influenced by our cities residents i am sure…

jules
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jules

Fern I was born and raised in Cornwall and I left because there was nothing left there at all and I could see the people going down hill for a number of years. Good for you that you intend to stay in Cornwall but I don’t. I don’t like those Facebook pages at all. I was on Facebook a few or more years back and one lady who was really nice and helpful on one site that I used to go on with others became very evil. I was away from the site for at least a few years and… Read more »

Claudette MacIntosh
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Claudette MacIntosh

Hugger I check out all sites trying to keep informed..or find out the site is garbage and so I don’t have to ask the nice question Fern asked…who is that crazy guy in the photo…enough said Same reason i will sometimes put on my crash helmet and watch Fox News Last night Bill oreilly was boasting he was the only newsman in the world to get the Plane story right He railed again CNN going wall to wall on the story all the while his conservative buddy Sean Hannity had on a retired Lt General of the United States Army… Read more »

Mary Anne Pankhurst
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Mary Anne Pankhurst

The hospital did the right thing by selling the old hospital. As its spokespersons have repeated many times, CCH is in the business of acute care, not long-term care, and already faces the issue that many community hospitals have: too many beds taken by people who would be better cared for in a non-hospital setting. The elderly, when stuck in hospital beds, decline rapidly, often with no hope of ever returning home to “age in place.” But there are other issues for Cornwall and its taxpayers relative to the sale of the former hospital site. Why should the municipality be… Read more »

Mary Anne Pankhurst
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Mary Anne Pankhurst

Maybe Todd Lihou joined the hate site to observe the phenomenon of a real live mob in action. He is in the news business, after all. And the haters are making news with every post they make. I visit the site regularly. Perhaps more people should. It’s horrible, disgusting, and frightening that any person in the community could be made the target of “real time” violence and dehumanization. Even people who may not like CFN should recognize that what’s happening in the community – relative to angry mob site – should not be tolerated under any circumstances. As far as… Read more »

Hugger1
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Hugger1

@ Mary Anne Pankhurst….agreed. CCH is acute care, not long term care. So, no chance CCH was going to get into the LTC business. My mom was in the QCH for a month while waiting for a LTC bed. Seniors in hospitals waiting for LTC are a priority in the province. As for the city / municipality (Glengarry, Stormont & Dundas) being in the LTC business most cities, municipalities are. The city of Ottawa runs 4 LTC facilities. I think the cities, etc. see it as a necessary service. As for the new owner of the General site taking over… Read more »

Mary Anne Pankhurst
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Mary Anne Pankhurst

@ Hugger, good points. And you’re right, there is a few hundred year history of municipalities helping their elderly population and non-elders who need institutional care . But I also think in this century – because of unprecedented demographics – we need to consider new options that give consideration to the entire community. For example, a municipality could maintain a governance role (with the LTC facility) but enter a partnership for operations, while at the same time investing “age friendly” programs that help delay critical shortages LTC beds…and the growing expenses associated with running these facilities. Each municipality has different… Read more »

jules
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jules

Mary Anne Pankhurst you are a good lady and Facebook is not a place to get involved in. I was invited by a few of my quilting buddies to go on and it wasn’t long before I left. A woman that I used to like and admire including all of us found out how mighty bitter that she became and I was not the kind who would continue in such an environment. The people that I was with were from the US and one from Australia and we had common interests. Of all people this one lady who was one… Read more »

Mary Anne Pankhurst
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Mary Anne Pankhurst

@ Jules. My mom was a great news source also. We were lucky to have intelligent mothers.

I can’t get off the topic of the hate site however. The people belittling Jamie are using FB like a gun. They seem not to realize they’re doing exactly what they say they’re against. Too many ironies. Too many redneck behaviours.

Hugger1
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Any idea when the developer’s plans for the site will be revealed?

Hugger1
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Any idea when the developer’s plans for the site will be revealed? The plans were supposed to be released in `weeks.` That was in March. We`re almost into September and no word yet on who bought the site or what their plans are.

Hugger1
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Any idea when the developer’s plans for the site will be revealed? The plans were supposed to be released in `weeks.` That was in March. We`re almost into the new year and still no word yet on who bought the site or what their plans are.

Hugger1
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Or at the very least can we find out who bought the property?

Hugger1
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It looks like preliminary plans have been revealed for the old General Hospital site. A 30,000 – 50,000 “clinic” is planned with “new” professionals, not taking any existing medical professionals away from existing offices in Cornwall. Some of the equipment, such as the former hospital’s operating and X-ray equipment, was kept as part of the agreement sale. The property (including the former clinic) building were purchased by Green Soldiers Inc., of Ottawa.