Learn About the Health Care Village Here!

Posted: March 30, 2017

170323 Petrolia Open House Panels FINAL_ Second Meeting

170327_Petrolia Bluewater Open House Second Meeting

Public Input Panels First Meeting

Open House Presentation Slides First Meeting


Petrolia – An Open House regarding the Health Care Village and CEEH Master Plan project was held Monday night at Victoria Hall. A presentation of information gathered for the project was offered to more than 130 attendees.

As background information, the Health Care Village would be a community health hub that is intended to be a multi-purpose and adaptable space used by multiple providers to deliver a basket of services, including housing for seniors and affordable housing, that are tailored and adapted over time to meet the changing needs of our community as we move into the future.

Recognizing that there will be broad changes to the community’s demographics and health-care needs, the Town of Petrolia and Bluewater Health are working together to create a Health Care Village that offers collaboration between different community agencies and service providers to respond to local needs in an efficient and sustainable way. This includes appropriate housing and improved access to services that offers better outcomes for people by providing access to early-intervention programs and circle-of-care services. 

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to plan for the health needs of Petrolia and rural Lambton County, and it is an excellent example of how hospitals and communities can work together.  As the planning process continues, there will be ample opportunity for public input, and we look forward to working together to build a space that will benefit both Petrolia and rural Lambton County,” said Laurie Zimmer, Vice-President of Operations, Bluewater Health.

Members of the community had the opportunity to speak with representatives from the Town of Petrolia and Bluewater Health, and provide input regarding current services, initiatives and access.  Display boards illustrating the current research in to services, facilities, values, and community opinions lined the walls, and allowed the attendees the opportunity to place a blue dot sticker to show their opinion about what is working well, what needs improvement, and what is important to them. The boards also offered attendees a glimpse in to the planning process. 

“Community input is integral to the success of this project, as it is ultimately all about how we can serve each of them, and their healthcare needs. I was very glad to see so many interested parties attend the open house and offer their feedback, and we look forward to more sessions like this to help us make the best decisions for our community,” said Mayor John McCharles.

A date has not been set for the next public input and information session, but Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Petrolia, Manny Baron confirmed, “We are tentatively looking at June.   We will advise the public of the next opportunity to learn more about this project, and continue to include them in the process so that we can benefit both Petrolia and rural Lambton, and offer them exemplary healthcare services.”

During the presentation in Victoria Hall, visitors were treated to a closer look at what the Health Care Village will mean for Petrolia and rural Lambton, and how the idea is the first of its kind in the province.  The prospect of how this way of thinking and partnership will change the face of healthcare was explored, including the move from crisis related healthcare and toward “well-being” care that is continuous and non-crisis related.

The Town of Petrolia is dedicated to providing our residents with a comprehensive range of health-care services and hospital facilities. Our commitment to our residents and to those in surrounding communities is to nurture our community’s quality of life through the preservation of our heritage and careful planning for our future. Petrolia is a family-oriented, full-service community that is proud to partner with Bluewater Health on this project.

Bluewater Health, with locations in Sarnia and Petrolia, cares for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. With close to 2,500 staff, Professional Staff and volunteers, Bluewater Health provides an array of specialized acute, complex continuing care, allied health and ambulatory care services. State-of-the-art facilities, which opened in 2010, contribute to Bluewater Health’s Mission: We create exemplary healthcare experiences with patients and families every time. For more information about Bluewater Health, visit www.bluewaterhealth.ca or follow us on Facebook and YouTube.

For more information:


Manny Baron

Town of Petrolia Chief Administrative Officer/Clerk

411 Greenfield Street

Petrolia, Ontario, N0N 1R0

Phone: (519)882-2350 Ext. 233

E-mail: mbaron@petrolia.ca


Julia Oosterman

Chief, Communications & Public Affairs

Bluewater Health