Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) is looking forward to hosting a second series of community information sessions across our region, both in-person and virtually starting April 17, 2023, to update the community on our capital redevelopment project.
Since the fall, MAHC has been working on Stage 1.3 of the Ministry of Health’s planning process to build a new hospital in Huntsville, on the existing property, and a new hospital in Bracebridge at a new location. These components include the functional program, a financing plan for the community’s share of the cost of the project, and a site selection process for the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital (SMMH) Site.
“Community engagement has been an essential part of the planning process to date and feedback from internal and external stakeholders has helped shape our plan for two new sites,” says MAHC President & CEO Cheryl Harrison. “We look forward to seeing members of the community again at an in-person or virtual information session where we will provide an update on our progress to date.”
Since engaging our communities in January and seeking feedback through an online survey in February, community input has been helpful to identifying two additional properties for review in Bracebridge.
“In total, five properties meet the minimum criteria for consideration and are being evaluated,” says Harrison. “Feedback has also informed the criteria being used to evaluate the properties and we appreciate everyone’s engagement and involvement in our site selection process for the south campus.”
As MAHC moves closer to completing the site selection component, the second round of community engagement will include an update on the site selection process for SMMH and present the preferred property in Bracebridge.
Please join us at an information session near you:
April 17 at 7 p.m.: Dwight Community Centre, Lake of Bays
April 18 at 7 p.m.: Port Carling Community Centre (2nd floor)
April 19 at 7 p.m.: Armour Ryerson Burk’s Falls Arena Hall
April 20 at 7 p.m.: Active Living Centre (1st floor), Huntsville
April 22 at 10 a.m.: Terry Fox Auditorium, Gravenhurst Centennial Centre
April 22 at 2 p.m.: Bracebridge Rotary Centre for Youth
Virtual information sessions are scheduled on Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m. and on Wednesday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m. More information and registration for the Zoom link to attend a virtual information session is available at www.mahc.ca/infosessions.
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