MAHC Dealing With $1.3 Million Deficit

Posted: 2019-11-21 07:45:38 By: hbr

Representatives from  Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) recently attended the Bracebridge general committee meeting to discuss a range of topics including the new hospitals planned for Huntsville and Bracebridge.

For this fiscal year 2019-2020 MAHC reports they started with a deficit of $4.5 million but in October they received $3.2 million in funding.

They now report that they are currently talking with the province with regard to the remaining $1.3 million dollars and searching for efficiencies within their organization. 

They also spoke about the board's approval for two new hospital sites. They reported that the estimated cost for the Bracebridge hospital build on new land would be roughly $275 million. In Huntsville, a new build on existing land is expected to cost $285 million dollars.

The local share of the projects is estimated at $129 million. 

MAHC also discussed the completion of two new secure rooms in each of their emergency wards thanks to a $1.2 million contribution. The rooms are meant to improve privacy and security for patients and staff, and are frequently used in overdose situations.

Councillors heard the opioid crisis has been a particular challenge for Muskoka and Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare. 

The also spoke briefly about the impending flu season. MAHC said last year 76% of their staff received the flu vaccination, one of the higher provincial rates.