Hospital Task Force launches Part B work with change in membership

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Media release

The Capital Plan Development Task Force reconvened on September 24, having completed half of its mandate — the Part A work related to defining programs and services that MAHC proposes to provide in the future, and identifying a preferred two acute sites model for the future that has been endorsed by the MAHC Board of Directors.

The Task Force revisited its terms of reference and supported changes to its role and membership, having received resignations of Don Mitchell due to competing commitments, and Philip Matthews who in June became the MAHC Board Chair. As well, MAHC Chief Nursing Executive & Clinical Services Esther Millar has joined the Task Force, bringing clinical and nursing expertise and experience.

The Task Force confirmed its role is to endorse the approach to planning and key design principles, receive summaries of workshop findings and consultant reports, and provide guidance, insight, and oversight on communication, engagement and community education and the development of a local share funding and financing plan.

The Task Force will continue its oversight of the project schedule, which is anticipated to culminate in the spring of 2019 with a recommendation of preferred development options to the MAHC Board.

The Task Force’s Part B work is underway to study options for the physical building infrastructure approach, the siting of the two acute sites, cost estimates, and the local share plan for the community’s portion of the cost. This work is much more technical and will rely heavily on the consultant experts and MAHC clinical leader expertise through workshops that will explore things like footprint size of the clinical program and service spaces and adjacencies to one another.

The Task Force directed the consultants to study a number of potential physical development options for the two acute sites model, and is working to finalize design parameters that include alignment with the goals of the MAHC organization, a patient- and family-focused approach, the promotion of health and wellness, operational excellence and environmental sustainability, for example.

[Doppler requested clarification on the potential physical development options mentioned in this media release and received this reply from Harold Featherston, Chief Executive, Diagnostics, Ambulatory & Planning at MAHC:

“The Task Force directed the consultants to explore several options with clinician focus groups through workshops. At this point, the development options are high level and have yet to be studied. The options include replacing the buildings on the existing sites, and reusing the existing buildings through a combination of renovation and new construction. A relocate option will also be explored for the South Muskoka site. It was not felt this was a necessary option to explore for the Huntsville site property as it meets all the requirements.”]

Due to the highly technical nature of the Part B work, the Task Force will meet less regularly. The next Task Force meeting is October 22, 2018.

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3 Comments

  1. I STILL DON’T TRUST THEM! I THINK THEY WILL STILL WORK TOWARDS A NEW SITE SOME WHERE, PROBABLY BRACEBRIDGE, AS WE ALL HAVE FEARED ALL ALONG. LET’S MAKE SURE HUNTSVILLE GETS EVERYTHING IT NEEDS AND DESERVES TO SERVE EVERYONE IN ITS CATCHMENT AREA.. WHY CAN’T BRACEBRIDGE GO UP? THEY DO IT EVERYWHERE ELSE ..

    • Les Rowley When a building is designed for a set number of floors, Adding too them is more costly than removing and rebuilding the foundation. They could build a outer foundation and tie it in to the old foundation and continue on up over the old but would be more work and money than just build a new building. Where as Huntsville has more room around the back of the building to add to the 3 or 4 floors without going up Higher that is safer in a fire scenario if the building is kept at the 3 to 4 floors.

  2. The “ explore relocate option for south muskoka hospital “ raises red flags for me. We already know they want to re locate SMH. Once the money is raised and this brand new building is erected what will be left for Huntsville hospital? Crumbs?

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