Planning for the Future

*Updated December 2015

At Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare, we know the importance of planning for the future. The health care needs of our population are always changing, and so are the ways that we take care of them. We are preparing for changing demographics in our communities, new demands on the health care system, and technological advancements that impact the way care is delivered.

At MAHC, this planning is known as "Hospital Care for Our Future Generations". It is about planning for the critical and acute care needs for Muskoka and East Parry Sound in the year 2030 and beyond. We know that the status quo is not an option for a sustainable future.  Aside from meeting the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care's capital planning requirements, MAHC's priority is to ensure that we will continue to deliver the very best in health care to the communities we serve. This work ensures that investments in our services and our aging buildings, and most importantly in the people we serve, are thoughtful, appropriate and effectively meet demands - both of the health care system and planning and infection control standards - for the long term.

Completing this prudent planning work has been an objective of MAHC's Strategic Plan since 2012 and continues to be a focus in our 2015-2018 Strategic Plan.  It is not uncommon for visionary planning of this magnitude to take 15 to 20 years to complete, which is why we need to be thinking today about what the future might look like many years down the road.  We know that our buildings, due to their age, are not consistent with current standards and require significant investment to update.  VFA Canada Corp. assesses the condition of public hospitals province-wide on behalf of the Ministry.  Reports from 2012 for the SMMH Site and the HDMH Site indicate the hospitals are in the 'fair' to 'poor' range.  Our current floor plans for the SMMH Site and the HDMH Site demonstrate the space challenges we have right now.

Without a formal, recognized plan for the future, the Ministry will not consider additional uses of the land owned by MAHC, or significant changes to programs and services. This limits MAHC's ability to respond to partnership opportunities on our properties and redevelopment options. 

Throughout the Ministry's planning stages, MAHC is committed to "ever-greening" the plan and refining the model using the most current information available.  Once government approval and funding is received, construction would begin. Read more about MAHC's journey to date.

Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care capital planning process