Monday, July 22, 2012


Community Meeting

Your Thoughts Please

MLA looking for feedback on acute care closure at CGH July 31

Released by Jennifer Woodroff, LA to MLA Gwen O'Mahony


hilliwack-Hope MLA Gwen O'Mahony will be moderating a panel discussion and town hall meeting July 31 to discuss the future of the rehabilitation ward at Chilliwack General Hospital.

With the participation of patient and community stakeholders, staff and representatives of the Fraser Health Authority, the purpose of the meeting is to engage the community so that Chilliwack voices are heard before any next steps are taken.

"I'm hoping that we can have a positive and productive discussion about this issue," said O'Mahony. "The panel members are bringing their unique perspectives to the town hall meeting, so this is a terrific opportunity to craft a solution to the challenges faced at Chilliwack General Hospital."

Panel members include Chilliwack and District Seniors Resource Society president Allan Hunt, Health Sciences Association president Reid Johnson, Fraser Valley Brain Injury Association volunteer John Simpson, Health Employees Union secretary/business manager Bonnie Pearson, and Fraser Health Authority director of rehabilitation services Scott Brolin.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. July 31 at the Tzeachten Community Hall (45855 Promontory Road).

"I have heard from many constituents concerned about the closure of the rehabilitation ward," said O'Mahony. "While this will be another opportunity for residents to have their say, I'm most hopeful it will allow us to move toward better services for patients at Chilliwack General Hospital."

Pre-registration is not required for the meeting, which is expected to wrap up at 9:30 p.m.


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