District Gets Update On New Hospitals Plan
Muskoka Algonquin Health Care reps laid out their future plans for the area’s two hospitals to Muskoka District councillors during their latest meeting.
MAHC Board Chair Phil Matthews gave councillors a recap of the process that led to their decision to endorse new healthcare facilities in Bracebridge and Huntsville. The sites will both have full services and will result in 61 new beds, split between the two locations.
The new hospitals will result in a size increase of approximately 50 percent compared to the existing facilities.
Mathews said the optimal solution for Bracebridge is to build a new hospital on a new site, somewhere near Hwy 11, with two road access points on at least 40 acres of land.
The new Huntsville hospital can be built on the existing hospital property. It would not be built on the current footprint of the hospital but slightly to the east. The old hospital would be converted into parking.
Matthews said the cost to build the two new sites is estimated at $560 million but he expected that number to decreases when further analysis are completed.