2015 Board of Directors Decision

Throughout the planning process, data was used to drive decision making.  A travel time analysis from hypothetical hospital sites was completed in March 2015.  Additional work on travel time scenarios was completed in December 2015.

Data was also collected on population demographics and utilization of the hospital to help best determine projections of future hospital use. As well, population projections were developed and considered.  Prior to making its recommendation in May 2015, the Master Program/Master Plan Ad-Hoc Steering Committee evaluated the three models using criteria including:

  • evidence-based (best practice) design
  • models of care
  • capital costs/operating costs
  • travel times/access
  • site capacity/opportunity for future growth
  • municipal planning compliance and other factors.

The Steering Committee presented a report to the Board in support of its recommendation.  In May 2015, the Board of Directors identified a preferred model to provide safe, high-quality health care that is sustainable 50 years from now.

One-Hospital Model Details (from 2015)

The Board recommended the One Hospital (Central Location) Model to the Ministry because it:

  • Supports a patient- and family-centered care approach;
  • Maximizes clinical/operational adjacency and clinical flow;
  • Remove duplication of services;
  • Ensures a stable environment that attracts and retains physicians, and offers optimal working conditions that help to recruit staff;
  • Protects viability of core services;
  • Is the least expensive model to build and the least expensive model to operate;
  • Meets future growth needs with flexibility and potential;
  • Will not impact operations during construction;
  • Most importantly enables MAHC to ensure a sustainable model to deliver safe, high-quality health care for the future.

Following the Board's decision on May 27, 2015, a press release was issued.

In selecting this model in 2015, the Board appreciated that travel distances and access to care are a significant challenge for the Muskoka East Parry Sound geography.  The Board is committed to being an active partner in health integration efforts and transportation initiatives that improve access to care in our communities.  The Board also recognizes that the Province of Ontario is transforming the health care system through investments in community health care services like health hubs and nursing stations that bring care closer to home while pushing hospitals to focus on acute care services.  As integration, technology and population activity evolve, our proposal will also evolve.  We must keep in mind that regional changes to health care can and will continue to influence the types of services and potentially the number of beds needed in the future.  Nothing is set in stone until the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care approves a project and a formal blueprint goes to tender.

For current information with respect to model exploration, please visit the Stage 1 Proposal webpage.