Media Advisory - OHC Announces Major Cross-Province Initiative Regarding
Small, Rural And Northern Hospitals

TORONTO, Feb. 18 /CNW/ -

    
    What:
    The Ontario Health Coalition in partnership with dozens of community
    groups in rural and northern Ontario, are announcing a series of
    cross-province activities. This group initiative is a direct response to
    the uncertain future of small, rural and northern health care, as a
    result of hospital restructuring. Local hospitals are facing ER closures,
    elimination and privatization of hospital services and programs, and in
    some instances the closure of entire hospitals.

    When:
    Media Conferences and Scheduled Interviews to Announce the Plans

    Monday February 22, 2010

    10am

    Where:
    Media Studio, Queen's Park, Main Legislative Building, Toronto

    Who:
    Alliance of Seniors/Older Canadians Network; Burk's Falls Save Our
    Hospital Committee; Canadian Auto Workers Union and Retirees; Canadian
    Pensioners Concerned; Canadian Union of Public Employees; Campbellford
    Health Coalition; Cobourg Health Coalition; Cornwall Health Coalition;
    Council of Canadians (Welland); Durham Health Coalition; Friends of the
    Bowmanville Hospital; Friends of Prince Edward County; Friends of the
    Kincardine Hospital; Leamington Health Coalition; Niagara Health
    Coalition; Northeastern Ontario Health Coalition; Ontario Nurses'
    Association; Ontario Public Service Employees Union; Owen Sound Grey
    Bruce Health Coalition; People's Health Coalition (Port Colborne);
    Peterborough Health Coalition; Sarnia Lambton Health Coalition; Service
    Employees' International Union; SOS (Save Our Sydenham in Wallaceburg);
    St. Mary's Save Hospital Campaign: Strathroy Concerned Citizens; Windsor
    Essex Health Coalition, Yellow Shirts (Fort Erie)
    

SOURCE Ontario Health Coalition

For further information: For further information: OHC Director, Natalie Mehra, (416) 230-6402 cell or (416) 441-2502, ohc@sympatico.ca; Save Our Sydenham, Shirley Roebuck, (519) 677-4474, shirl@xcelco.on.ca; Strathroy Concerned Citizens, Sandra Edmondson, (705) 245-0696, sedmondson60@hotmail.com; Strathroy Concerned Citizens, Kathryn Gordyn, (519) 245-9221, jkgordyn@sympatico.ca; Friends of the Kincardine Hospital, Maryellen Pollard, (519) 395-3121, jmtt.pollard@tnt21.com; Niagara Health Coalition, Sue Hotte, (905) 932-1646, suehotte@yahoo.ca; People's Healthcare Coalition, Pat Scholfield, (905) 835-8249, scholfieldpat@yahoo.com; Burk's Falls Save Our Hospital Committee, Glenn Miller, (705) 380-0142; Cobourg Health Coalition, Linda Mackenzie-Nicholas, (905) 885-9942, mackenzie-nicholasl@seiu.ca; Cornwall Health Coalition, Elaine MacDonald, (613) 330-3117, elainemacdonald@cogeco.ca; Durham Health Coalition, Rick Janson, (416) 525-3324, rjanson@opseu.org; Sarnia Lambton Health Coalition, Helen Havlik, (519) 882-0357, havlikh@sympatico.ca; Sarnia Lambton Health Coalition, Arlene Patterson, (519) 542-1895, arlin26@hotmail.com; Leamington Health Coalition, Tod Ouellette, (519) 326-0752, touellette5@hotmail.com; Leamington Health Coalition, Jan Countess, (519) 325-0581, gcountess@cogeco.ca; Durham Health Coalition, James Mulhern, (705) 324-7841 home, oneworldonevoice@sympatico.ca; Windsor Essex Health Coalition, Mike Longmoore, (519) 256-8082, dlongmoore@cogeco.ca; Save the St. Marys Hospital Group, Gayle Pounder, (519) 271-6220, gayle.pounder@rogers.com; Sault Ste Marie Health Coalition, David Harasymiw, (705) 759-4761, dharasymiw@hotmail.com; Sault Ste Marie Health Coalition, Folgo Della Vadova, (705) 949-3008, mfdellavedova@shaw.ca; Owen Sound Grey Bruce Health Coalition, Len Hope, (519) 389-4490, l.hope@bmts.com; Northeastern Ontario Health Coalition, Ben Lefebvre, (705) 232-4475

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