Bruce Power commits $15,000 to new Dover medical centre

SIMCOE REFORMER: Monte Sonnenberg - November 19, 2008

Bruce Power has boosted a quiet campaign to improve the delivery of medical services in Port Dover.

Yesterday, the utility confirmed that it will donate $15,000 toward the construction of a new medical centre in Port Dover.

Port Dover Coun. John Wells also confirmed yesterday that an unofficial committee has come together to make the new medical centre a reality.

Wells said the committee came together because a state-of-the-art clinic is key to attracting new health care professionals to smaller communities. Wells noted that Delhi was underserviced for medical professionals until the community invested in the new medical centre on Main-Street-of-Delhi. Now, "they seem to be coming out of the woodwork."

Also represented on the committee is the Port Dover Board of Trade and Port Dover service clubs. Wells said the committee is preparing for the day when Port Dover's current complement of doctors retire.

"If these doctors retire and we don't do any backfilling, we will have a problem," Wells said. "Our goal on the committee is to focus on recruiting health care professionals."

The chair of the committee is Dr. Mick Macaulay of New Lakeshore Road. The committee has set up subcommittees tasked with fundraising, building design and recruitment. The committee has secured a charter but directors have yet to be appointed.

Immediate priorities include getting Norfolk council's support and securing sufficient land to accommodate a clinic with at least 15,000 square feet of floor space.

Bruce Power representative James Scongack is scheduled to deliver a cheque for $15,000 tomorrow evening at the medical clinic on St. George Street.

Bruce Power has taken an interest in Norfolk and Haldimand now that it is exploring the possibility of locating two nuclear reactors in the Nanticoke Industrial Park. For the past two summers, Bruce Power has supported Norfolk General Hospital's annual charity golf tournament. This year, the utility also made a $10,000 donation to the Norfolk County Fair. Bruce Power has supported good causes in Haldimand and has contributed to the construction of several medical centres in its native Bruce County.

Yesterday, Scongack said Bruce Power's donation toward the medical centre has nothing to do with currying favour with the people of Norfolk.

"We're not doing it because we're trying to influence people," he said. "We do it because it is the right thing to do."

Bruce Power announced the start of a three-year, $30 million environmental assessment regarding its proposal in Nanticoke on Oct. 31. The utility will hold open houses in Norfolk and Haldimand in December.

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