MAHC's Journey To Date

*Updated November 2017

MAHC's planning for the future began in 2012 with the completion of a preliminary Pre-Capital Submission (October 2012).  Upon review, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care directed MAHC to complete a Master Program and Master Plan before submitting a revised Pre-Capital Submission that is based on the Master Program and Master Plan.

Throughout 2013, MAHC planning teams worked collaboratively to identify a vision for our programs and services and the facilities that would be required to deliver those programs and services into the distant future.  This ensures investments in our services, in our buildings, and most importantly in the people we serve are thoughtful, appropriate and effectively meet demands for the year 2030 and beyond.  This work was led by the Master Program/Master Plan Ad-Hoc Steering Committee, made up of hospital administrators, physicians, hospital foundation representatives and Board members.

Community engagement was critical to the planning work.  In May and August 2014, and again in March 2015, MAHC presented progress updates and received public feedback on potential models of care for the future during Community Information Sessions held in Bracebridge, Gravenhurst and Huntsville that helped to influence the evolution of the models.  With public input from various corners of our communities and data driving decision-making, the Steering Committee completed an evaluation of the models and presented a report to the Board of Directors in support of its recommendation.

At a special single-issue meeting on May 27, 2015, the MAHC Board received the unanimous recommendation from the Master Program/Master Plan Ad-Hoc Steering Committee to endorse and approve a preferred model for the year 2030 and beyond.  Following the Board of Directors decision on the future model, additional work was undertaken to draft a revised Pre-Capital Submission - (August 2015) for consideration by the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

In working collaboratively with staff at the LHIN to incorporate their input and feedback on the initial submission, a revised Pre-Capital Submission - (October 2015) was submitted to the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN Board of Directors in October 2015.  Read more about the revisions and the Pre-Capital review process.

In 2017, MAHC received approval to proceed to Stage 1 Proposal planning. Stage 1 is a new chapter in MAHC's planning work and continues to be an "ever-greening" of a future plan.  With proceeding to Stage 1 five years after starting into the Ministry's Capital Planning Process, the local health care landscape has changed, including the advent of MAHST (Muskoka and Area Health System Transformation).  MAHC representatives have been part of MAHST's work and believe MAHST's work will influence future hospital planning in this stage, as well as continued community consultation about potential models.  

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care capital planning process