Is it Hamburgers or Health Care Carleton Place?



Photo from the Carleton Place Canadian from the files of the Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum


I have posted many times about our Carleton Place Hospital & District Memorial Hospital because I care. But, in reality those blogs sometimes barely get a nod, because everyone seems to assume the hospital is going to be around forever. Unless someone has a crystal ball, none of us should assume anything.

Last night while I was browsing through Facebook I came upon a lengthy and a somewhat passionate discussion about why we don’t have a full service McDonald’s here in Carleton Place. I am the first one to admit I respect each and every opinion. But, why not the same furor about what is going on at our local hospital? Did you know there will be no local representation on our hospital board soon? Does that not mean more to you than hamburger touch screens, or whether we can set up feed troughs in the parking lot of the Thruway?

Healthcare in Ontario is a province wide system where anyone can use their health card wherever the care they need is provided. I am thankful we have a health care system so we do not have to pay extra and go to the back of the line to receive care. I am also extremely grateful to the local donors and taxpayers that help provide health care in our very own Carleton Place backyard. Aren’t you happy they don’t check your address at the door to decide whether to make you wait longer, or have to go somewhere else similar to the United States?

So why aren’t more people talking about this?

Why aren’t more Facebook group boards getting angry about this situation we have in Carleton Place?

It should be no secret that rural hospitals today are in critical condition and the stand-alone, community hospital is going the way of the dinosaur. The Ontario government and the community first established our local hospital in the 1950s to ensure that no one would be without health care in Carleton Place. Now our hospital faces growing expenses for staff and equipment that needs upgrading. Suddenly, there’s kind of a tipping point when the hospital can’t afford the repairs and honestly, needs a new building. I am not going to mince words and hope to heck I am wrong. But, what will the fate of our local hospital be? Will it suddenly become an extension of Almonte?

Why does it now seem that all fingers are pointed to be setting up our local system for failure?

Why was funding withheld from this community?

If the BOD and CEO had the answer half the puzzle might be solved. Why was Almonte chosen to be redeveloped, and not Carleton Place? Was it bad management or provincial planning? These questions need to be answered.

You know, it’s not okay for our population to get lower quality medical care or have to travel for miles for help. Honestly Carleton Place–we’re a big enough town to figure this out– and it should not be in the hands of the province with a wait and see attitude. The Carleton Place Hospital & District Memorial Hospital has saved lives- they have saved a lot of lives. Maybe even your own.

So, to end on the same note as the Facebook McDonald’s discussion I will quote McDonald’s most popular slogans. “We need a break today”  because the Carleton Place Hospital & District Memorial Hospital “does it all for you”.

PLEASE BE THERE—IMPORTANT EVENTS – March 30th, Board Meeting, 6:30 in the basement

April 27th, 2016, Board Meeting, May 25th, 2016, Board Meeting. The Annual General Meeting date has not been posted on the hospital website

Facebook group-Carleton Place Hospital – Keeping It Local


Some Related Reading:

Some of the History of the Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital

What if Our Hospital Closed or Moved Away?

1980 Statistics for The Carleton Place and District Memorial Hospital

Maybe We Should Film Oak Island in Carleton Place? The Day the Money Disappeared

“No Funny Cigarettes Were Handed out at The Hospital Board Meeting”

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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