PERTH-ANDOVER, N.B. – A Perth-Andover councillor says a meeting with Health Minister Ted Flemming about a new hospital for the community went well.

Rick Beaulieu says yesterday’s meeting gave council a chance to give its input to the early stages of planning for the hospital.

Beaulieu says with planning at an early stage, little was discussed about the services that would be offered.

The Alward government allocated some money in its recent capital budget to be spent on a new community hospital for

The government has earmarked more than $53 million for maintaining and improving health care infrastructure in 2013-14,
which includes funding for the facility.

The lower level of Hotel-Dieu Saint Joseph Hospital in Perth-Andover was flooded in March after ice jams caused the St. John River to spill its banks.

Beaulieu says council’s main goal is to offer stable health care services at the hospital, which means moving it away from the river.