12/19/2012 11:48 EST | Updated 02/18/2013 05:12 EST

Councillor pleased at start made for new hospital plan in New Brunswick village

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

Rick Beaulieu said the meeting on Tuesday gave council a chance to add its input to the early stages of planning for the hospital.

Beaulieu says planning is at an early stage so not much was discussed about services that would be offered.

He says they were able to tell the minister what they believe the community's needs are and they were close to Flemming's plans.

The New Brunswick government allocated some money in its recent capital budget to be spent on a new community hospital for Perth-Andover.

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

The lower level of Perth-Andover's Hotel-Dieu Saint Joseph Hospital 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.