Community engagement is an essential part of the planning process. Feedback from internal and external stakeholders is important to determining the future of hospital care in Muskoka and area and helping the MAHC Board of Directors to put forward the best service delivery model to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Engagement - August/September 2017

As part of community engagement for MAHC's Stage 1 future planning work, a series of eight information sessions were held across the Muskoka and area region in five different geographic areas between August 28 and September 1, 2017. The information sessions were advertised and held in Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Huntsville, East Parry Sound and Muskoka Lakes, as well as for care providers in the community and for staff, physicians and volunteers at MAHC. Each information session included an opportunity to ask questions of clarification regarding the information presented.

Stakeholder groups were welcomed to each session by the Chair of MAHC's Capital Plan Development Task Force. A two-fold information brochure was available and a 60-minute PowerPoint presentation was given by four different presenters representing each of the different key focuses of the presentation:

  • an overview of Muskoka and Area Health System Transformation (MAHST),
  • the evolution of primary care and potential for change through MAHST,
  • MAHC's future planning journey to date,
  • an overview of the Stage 1 process and timeline,
  • three potential models for delivering hospital services,
  • draft criteria to evaluate the models, and
  • a feedback survey.

Feedback Survey Results

The feedback survey was used to engage the community to provide preliminary, anonymous feedback. There were three main objectives for the survey:

  • to help shape the criteria that will be used to evaluate different potential hospital models by asking respondents what is most important to them with respect to proposed criteria,
  • to provide an opportunity for respondents to identify if any criteria were missing,
  • to understand at a high level what respondents liked and disliked about three different potential hospital models for the future (although the three models were not fully developed or understood at the time of the survey).

The results were analyzed by the Capital Plan Development Task Force and a survey results report has been prepared.  

Further engagement will occur as the planning process continues.

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