MAHC Submits Stage 1 Redevelopment Plan To Province
Yesterday, Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) submitted a Stage 1 redevelopment proposal requesting the Ministry of Health approve two new full-service hospitals to serve Muskoka and area in the future.
MAHC’s Stage 1 submission proposes two new hospital facilities in Bracebridge and Huntsville with a full range of acute care services including emergency, inpatient and surgical services at each site. The proposal seeks to add 61 more inpatient beds including a new stroke rehabilitation unit, and MRI technology.
Board Chair Phil Matthews says “This proposal represents the single largest investment in acute care in Muskoka – a $560 million legacy for future generations that is imperative for the future wellbeing of our catchment area and the thousands of seasonal residents and visitors MAHC serves every year.”
The MAHC says that Stage 1 planning reaffirmed that the organization’s Emergency Departments are half the size they should be to handle today’s volumes, and other clinical areas are challenged to accommodate the projected future growth.
CEO Natalie Bubela says “As part of our submission we are urging the Ministry to promptly review and approve our Stage 1 submission and move us on to Stage 2 planning.”