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Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare’s One Redevelopment Project, Two New Sites



Many MLA members will recall that in 2017 the Ontario Ministry of Health provided direction to Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) to pursue a two-site hospital model for Muskoka. MAHC submitted a redevelopment proposal for two hospital sites, in Bracebridge and Huntsville, that was accepted by the Province in April of 2022. 

Last fall, the estimated total cost to build two new hospitals was $967 million. Of that, the Province of Ontario had agreed to contribute $742 million in funding, leaving a local share contribution of $225 million to be raised by the community. The District voted to add $77.3 million over several years to the tax levy; MAHC pledged funds from the sale of surplus lands; and the two hospital foundations continue with fundraising campaigns to raise the local share contribution.

Since that time, the MAHC board has received updated construction estimates indicating that inflation has added 50% to the costs to redevelop the two sites to deliver the same services as they had in the past. This has led to a review of how services can be best delivered differently than the current model, to serve the catchment area of 4,000 square kilometres in both Muskoka and Almaguin/East Parry Sound as well as visitors to Algonquin Park. 

Nothing has been decided yet and MAHC continues to seek input from the community. MAHC President & CEO Cheryl Harrison has said the goal is to create “a healthcare delivery model that is realistic, affordable and sustainable, while remaining true to generations of outstanding care and innovation.” 

The MLA supports an accessible, affordable and quality healthcare system for the Muskoka community. 

Posted on 2024/02/12


UPDATES 

13 June 2024: MAHC Engages Community in Meaningful Dialogue - Click Here

16 May 2024: Physician Leaders Support Transformative Regional Healthcare Plan for Muskoka - Click Here

10 May 2024: MAHC Provides an Update on Physician Engagement and Stakeholder Feedback - Click Here

3 May 2024: MAHC Clarifies Position on Health System Plans Amid Upcoming Community Rally - Click Here

1 May 2024: Health System Plan to Improve Care for Patients Needing Long-Term Support -Click Here

26 April 2024: MAHC Clarifies Future Healthcare Plans Amid Recent Misconceptions in Muskoka Region - Click Here

19 April 2024: MAHC Launches New Website and Shares Answers to Frequently Asked Questions - Click Here

12 April 2024: Explaining Local Health System Plans in More Detail - Click Here

8 April 2024: MAHC Announces Changes to Future Hospital Plans - Click Here

4 April 2024Our Plan to Deliver a Bright Future for Healthcare Team Members- Click Here

27 March 2024: Positive Direction forward with Muskoka physicians on new health system - Click Here

March 2024: MAHC Weekly Community Update - Click Here

MAHC Active steps towards rebuilding hospitals with key input from physicians and community -  Click Here

To view today’s model being proposed by MAHC and future projections for visits and beds at each hospital site - Click Here

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