MAHC Capital Plan Development Task Force has begun reviewing operational costs and space needs for hospital models


The Capital Plan Development Task Force met on April 30.

Reports: The task force reviewed a report on high-level operational cost forecasting for the three models. Task force members asked for clarification and revisions to the report for their next meeting.

The task force reviewed a space projections report demonstrating net square feet, component gross square feet and building gross square feet for the three models, and the expected cost range for project costs based on new builds. The space projections reflect infection prevention and control standards, accessibility under the building code, bariatric access, privacy and confidentiality, new smart technology, etc. The task force requested further work to clarify some assumptions and expects the report to come back to their next meeting.

[Doppler requested copies of both of the above reports but was told by MAHC that they are still in draft form and haven’t yet been accepted by the task force.]


The task force further discussed the land-use planning report and the need to ensure that municipal feedback is obtained. Task force members agreed municipal feedback is important when considering the recommendations set out in the report, and as a result will await comments from area municipalities before giving final consideration.

The task force was updated on delays receiving access to statistical and financial analysis software from the economic development division of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Farming and Rural Affairs, a tool that was requested to be used by the Towns’ and District’s economic development staff as part of the economic impact study. The task force agreed to also invite feedback from municipal and district representatives once the economic impact study is completed.

Schedule: Task force members discussed several factors that are impacting the project schedule. Reports are critical to informing and the task force’s evaluation exercise that guides decision making on a preferred model. The task force confirmed it will continue to take the time needed to ensure all reports are comprehensively completed, reviewed and receive peer feedback.

The next task force meeting is May 14, 2018.

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  1. Rob Millman on

    Just so that I’m clear: Are the 3 models:
    1) to eviscerate the Bracebridge Hospital?
    2) to eviscerate the Huntsville Hospital?; and
    3) to construct a new larger hospital (probably in stages, and probably on the “brownfield location in Port Sydney)?
    My only comment (until one of these alternatives becomes the “preferred” alternative) is to mention that it is almost mandatory when approaching construction of this magnitude; to hire an accessibility project manager. Such individuals are in short supply, and are, therefore, costly. Those costs must be included in the pricing of all alternatives.

  2. Seem Trustworthy to me ! Rob , I like the choice where 2 / two Hospitals are maintained through the 3 R solution….Replace , Repair or Renovate…..Trust Me !

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