TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 18, 2016) - The Ontario government plans to close five community hospitals in the Niagara region and replace them with one. The Welland Hospital serves a population of 50,000 people within Welland, and more than 100,000 in the surrounding catchment area. The closure of an entire hospital serving this many people is almost unheard of in Canada.

Residents will travel to Queen's Park for a day to raise awareness, bringing with them thousands of signed petitions to save the Welland Hospital. They will be holding a press conference at the media studio.

When Monday March 21, 10 a.m.

Where Queen's Park media studio, Main Legislative Building, 111 Wellesley St. W.

What Press conference featuring patient & residents of Welland.

Who Save Our Welland Hospital, Niagara Health Coalition and Ontario Health Coalition.

Contact Information:

Sue Hotte, co-chair
Niagara Health Coalition
905-932-1646 (cell)

Natalie Mehra, executive director
Ontario Health Coalition
416-441-2502 (office)
416-230-6402 (cell)