Cost increases predicted for replacement of existing hospitals including local share
Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) is beginning the next stage of the Ministry of Health's hospital capital planning process in the hopes of building two new hospitals in the region.
Moreen Miller, chair of MAHC's board of directors, says the organization is excited to build on Premier Doug Ford's April announcement. "The Board is thankful for provincial grant money to continue planning." She says their goal to redefine local health care with new hospitals in Huntsville and Bracebridge is growing closer to reality.
MAHC President & CEO Cheryl Harrison says "Our hospitals are too tiny and too old, and future generations deserve better.” Between now and December 2023, extensive program and service planning will ensure the two new campuses fulfill the future health care needs of Muskoka and East Parry Sound patients and families while remaining affordable,” she said.
The Ford government supports Harrison's idea for two new hospital locations, which was shaped by community feedback.
Miller predicts construction prices will rise by the time the two new hospitals are built. "Much has changed in three years. Early estimations will be updated to reflect the altered environment and COVID-19 pandemic consequences.”
She says the project won't move forward without a formal plan to raise local funds.