2015 Board of Directors Decision

In May 2015, the Board of Directors identified a preferred model to provide safe, high-quality health care that is sustainable 50 years from now.  

One-Hospital Model Details (from 2015)

This model constructs one new acute care hospital on a single site. No potential site has been identified. This model requires access from two streets, 45 acres of site area with adequate site services (water, sewer, stormwater, hydro, gas, etc.), and enough area for at-grade parking. 

The potential cost to build this model at a total of 302,107 square feet is $348,985,661, including a $83,756,559 portion that must be raised by the community. The projected approximate Local Share includes 10% of the capital build (required by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, plus up to an additional 14% for other non-funded capital requirements (ie: furnishings & equipment). 

This One Hospital (Central Location) Model was selected because it:
  • Supports a patient- and family-centered care approach;
  • Maximizes clinical/operational adjacencies & clinical flow;
  • Remove duplication of services;
  • Ensures a stable environment that attracts and retains physicians, and offers optimal working conditions that help to recruit staff;
  • Protects viability of core services;
  • Is the least expensive model to build and the least expensive model to operate;
  • Meets future growth needs with flexibility and potential;
  • Will not impact current operations during construction, which could take 3-4 years;
  • Most importantly enables MAHC to ensure a sustainable model to deliver safe, high-quality health care for the future.

Following the Board's decision on May 27, 2015, a press release was issued and posted on our website.

In selecting this model in 2015, the Board appreciated that travel distances and access to care are a significant challenge for the Muskoka East Parry Sound geography.  The Board is committed to being an active partner in health integration efforts and transportation initiatives that improve access to care in our communities.  The Board also recognizes that the Province of Ontario is transforming the health care system through investments in community health care services like health hubs and nursing stations that bring care closer to home while pushing hospitals to focus on acute care services.  As integration, technology and population activity evolve, our proposal will also evolve. We must keep in mind that regional changes to health care can and will continue to influence the types of services and potentially the number of beds needed in the future. Nothing is set in stone until a formal blueprint goes to tender.