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Port Hospital
- Posted 2019-11-19 22:20:20

“Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.” – Proverbs 3:27

In living our day to day lives, we can sometimes forget – or at least overlook – the powerful force that is Community.  Those of us raised in the Christian faith are both morally and spiritually bound to the idea of service to others, to those in need, to our neighbours. 

In the spirit of service, the Port Colborne community saw the need, post-war, to improve health care in Port Colborne.  The community raised funds.  The community built Port Colborne Hospital and, over its 65+ years, the community has cared for the Hospital as it has cared for us.

When the local press broke the story, on September 18th, of the pending closure of our Urgent Care unit, it was probably met more with despair than with surprise.   It is an idea which has been floated often over the last thirty years.  Services have been lost; equipment bought with local funds has moved to larger hospitals; Emergency has been demoted to Urgent Care. 

And now we are told we will be losing even Urgent Care.

When you live in a community, when you support your neighbours, when you volunteer to make your community thrive, you understand what a blow this proposal will be.  The older citizen, the under-employed and unemployed citizen, the house-bound, and the young will be challenged to access these now-distanced services. 

And so, as Christians and as community members, the ball is in our court.  We ask our elected representatives and we ask our civil servants, please consider fully the repercussions.  Listen to your constituents.  Place value on our lived experience.   

We are here to work with you.

Sincerely and Prayerfully,

The Congregation

First Presbyterian Church

 

“God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him

as you have helped his people and continue to help them.”

Hebrews 6:10

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