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This blog has been prepared by Charles Forret, Chair of the Board of Directors of MAHC.
Board Chair Charles Forret
The Board of Directors of Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare
(MAHC) has unanimously approved one acute care hospital centrally located as
the model to best deliver health care services in the future that ensures safe,
high-quality care that is sustainable for future generations. This long-range
direction is for the year 2030 and beyond. If the government approves this plan,
in approximately 15 years there will be one hospital in Muskoka serving MAHC’s
constituents. As we continue moving in this direction through several planning
stages in the years ahead, both existing hospital sites will continue tooperate and provide our patients with the
outstanding care they expect and deserve.
In the next 15 years our model reflects that medicine and
technology will be that much more advanced. In addition, the Province of
Ontario is transforming the health care system through investments in community
health care, services like health hubs and nursing stations, which will change
the way hospitals take care of people in the future. We believe the health care
environment will be different from a systems perspective as investments continue
to shift from acute care to primary care. Change can be difficult, but we need
to understand and prepare for this change.
Although I appreciate this future direction revolutionizes
today’s two-hospital approach, the Board believes one hospital will give us the
best model for a sustainable future. One hospital will protect the viability of
services in the future by concentrating patient volumes without duplicating
services or costly equipment and technology. One hospital will help us ensure
the best care in a stable environment that attracts and retains physicians and
sub-specialties, and offers optimal working conditions that help to recruit
competent staff. One hospital is the best solution to ensure high-quality
hospital care in the most sustainable way, providing the best quality of care
with everything we needunder one roof
with flexibility for growth. A two-site model financially burdens future
generations of taxpayers and could conceivably lead to reduced services and
less access to care. It is simply not sustainable or consistent with Ministry
of Health and Long-Term Care trends.
In pouring over the feedback shared by our community, one
of the biggest concerns has been travel distances and access to health care
services. The Board takes this concern very seriously. I want to assure you
that MAHC is committed to being an active partner in the integration of health
services in Muskoka and East Parry Sound, and in participating in the
development of transportation initiatives, to find meaningful ways to improve
access to care in our community over the next several years. The Board also
recognizes that one new hospital centrally located may be further for some to
travel to, but believes when you get there, the care will be that much better.
In reaching this very difficult decision, we are optimistic
about what the future holds for our mission to deliver best-in-class health
care. But we must maintain our focus on the present. Our buildings and
equipment continue to age. Fundraising for capital expenditures and programs
has never been more critical than it is today. Your continuedsupport will help us deliver on our
commitment to provide outstanding patient care today, tomorrow and in the
future. On behalf of the Board, I thank you for your involvement in this
planning process, for your input, and your support of this future direction.