Thursday, 21 September 2017
Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare wants to hear what is important to you when considering future hospital care.
Following five community information sessions, an online survey is live to gather public feedback on potential models for delivering hospital services in the future and proposed criteria that MAHC’s new Capital Plan Development Task Force will use to evaluate those models before making a recommendation to the MAHC Board of Directors. This is the first in a number of surveys MAHC will be using to seek community input.
Despite a previous Board of Directors decision around a preferred one-site model for the future, the task force is further reexamining a two-site model before making a recommendation to the Board of Directors in the spring of 2018. There are three models on the table for public feedback that will be evaluated by the task force:
Two Sites (not status quo) – Maintain two sites with Emergency Departments, recognizing the need to further single site programs and services across the two sites. Recent examples of single sited services include Gynecological Surgery, Ophthalmology (cataract surgery), and Chemotherapy. Service siting would be based on clinical needs and service co-location requirements to create greater efficiencies, larger volumes and critical mass, and reducing duplication of staffing and equipment.
One Site Inpatient / One Site Outpatient – Maintain two facilities with emergency care. One site would have a primarily outpatient focus (few or no beds) and could include services such as some day surgery, specialty diagnostics (such as MRI), clinics (such as Dialysis), etc. The other site would have a primarily inpatient focus (majority of beds) and could include inpatient services such as medical/surgical care, intensive care and obstetrics.
One Hospital (centrally located) – Provide all programs and services on a single hospital site. Comprehensive work would be done to determine the role of potential vacated building(s) including the ability to support local urgent and primary care needs, community services, Health Hub development, or other alternative models. This exploration will include determining best ways to support access for urgent care needs.
The survey link is www.mahc.ca/survey and can also be accessed through the home page of the MAHC website where the community presentation and an information brochure are also posted. The survey will remain open until Friday, October 13. As well, hard copies are available in a number of community locations, such as Chambers of Commerce, municipal offices, libraries, physician offices, and some recreation facilities.
Your feedback is critical to helping the Capital Plan Development Task Force make the best recommendation for the future to the MAHC Board of Directors. I encourage everyone and especially our future generations to complete the survey.