The mayors of Huntsville and Bracebridge will be holding a joint council meeting at the Algonquin Theatre on Monday, February 1 at 7 p.m.
The meeting is open to everyone and is being held by the mayors to garner support from their councils to push for a two hospital model in Muskoka, rather than the one model being proposed.
If they get the nod from their councils, they will pitch their proposal to a taskforce established by the Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network. The taskforce was established by the LHIN (which will report back to the Ministry of Health) in order to find consensus in the community on how to deal with the financial shortfalls affecting the hospitals. Muskoka Algonquin Health Care, which administers both hospitals, is supporting a one hospital model for Muskoka, but the mayors insist there’s another solution. Aitchison said they’ve been working with the LHIN and their own consultants and are now ready to make their pitch, pending approval from their councils.
He said their proposal would keep both hospitals open and look at a rationalization of some services “to make sure we can fit within the funding formula and use this as a launch point to effectively change the way we deliver healthcare services in Muskoka, (and) as a model for other communities as well.”
Again, the joint council meeting is open to everyone. Please follow this link to see more on Monday’s meeting.