Press release from Republican mayoral candidate Mary Alford:
Bristol Hospital Dodges a Bullet
Bristol Connecticut: Republican Candidate for Mayor Mary Alford today stated that, “Bristol’s largest employer, Bristol Hospital, has survived a challenge to its existence with the news that the UConn Hospital plan will not get legislative approval for funding”
“The $5 Million proposal, if approved, could have a serious impact on community health needs as well as employment in Bristol. While it is good news it is only a temporary situation. The bi-partisan approach by our State delegation had impact; the City, the Hospital must not rest.” Alford said.
A legislative effort is almost certain to be re-crafted for next year. Alford said,” A community task force needs to be established now; there is no time to waste. Hopefully this is in the works at City Hall”.
“Our strategy needs to create a head wind to proponents of the UConn plan, as they will likely be doing the same. A best defense is a strong offense; we need a plan and we need it now” Alford said.
“I would like to thank Representatives Hamzy and Nicastro and State Senator Colopietro along with Kurt Barwis, president of Bristol Hospital, for working together to save the center of our community health needs”, Alford added.
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