FAQs:

Future State

Looking Ahead: The Next Steps in Our Evolution

How will the new multi-site regional hospital enable the expansion of services, and what specific services are planned for Muskoka?

The new multi-site regional hospital is strategically designed to reduce service duplication, thereby maintaining current offerings while creating capacity for significant service expansion. This approach allows for the introduction of advanced care options and the extension of services to meet the evolving health needs of the Muskoka region.

  • Efficient Use of Resources: By eliminating redundant services across sites, the multi-site regional hospital can reallocate resources to areas where they are needed most, enhancing the scope and quality of care available to the community.
  • Expansion of Critical Care Services: The multi-site regional hospital is set to enhance the level of intensive care available locally, reducing the need for patients to travel long distances for critical care. This includes expanding capabilities in areas like stroke care and complex surgeries.
  • Introduction of Specialized Care Units: Plans are underway to develop specialized care units that not only focus on stroke rehabilitation but also extend to complex medical and surgical conditions. These units will provide targeted, high-quality care designed to facilitate recovery and improve outcomes. Emphasizing rehabilitation, the approach will ensure that patients receive comprehensive treatment tailored to their specific health needs, enhancing their recovery journey, and fostering better long-term health.
  • Enhancement of Surgical Services: The multi-site regional hospital aims to broaden its surgical offerings with the addition of a state-of-the-art surgical centre that will focus on day surgeries, including orthopedic procedures like joint replacements, as well as expanding women’s health and oncology services.
  • Community-Based Care Initiatives: Recognizing the importance of accessibility, the system will extend its reach beyond traditional hospital settings through the creation of health care hubs in outlying communities. This will be supported by the latest advancements in technology, such as virtual care and remote monitoring, to ensure comprehensive care is accessible even in remote areas.
  • Patient Activation and Empowerment: The multi-site regional hospital will introduce initiatives aimed at increasing patient activation, empowering individuals to manage their health proactively. This includes the establishment of patient education programs that provide valuable information about disease prevention, management, and lifestyle choices that contribute to overall well-being. By engaging patients as active participants in their health care, the system enhances individual health literacy and self-management capabilities, which are crucial for chronic disease management and preventing hospital readmissions.
  • Ongoing Collaboration with Local Providers: The multi-site regional hospital will continue to work closely with community health care providers to ensure that the new services are well integrated with existing offerings and that they meet the specific needs of the Muskoka population.

 

Bracebridge Hospital: Current & Future

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Vision - Bracebridge

A premier, fully-equipped hospital redefining regional healthcare with enhanced capabilities, specialized cancer care, and comprehensive specialty clinics.

Prodedure Rooms - Bracebridge

Today

  • 2 Operating Rooms
  • 1 Endoscopy Suite
  • 1 Urology Room

Future State

  • 2 Operating Rooms
  • 2 Endoscopy Suites
  • 1 Therapeutic Endoscopy Suite
  • 2 Procedure Rooms
  • 1 Surgical Clinic
  • Medical Day Clinic

 

Inpatient Beds - Bracebridge

Today

  • Inpatient Care: 67 beds
  • Average Number Occupied by ALC Patients: 28 and 10-15 additional patients at risk for ALC

(Please note all ALC and ALC risk patients would be addressed at Huntsville in the new hospitals.)

Future State

  • Inpatient Care: Total 36 beds
  • Average Number Occupied by ALC Patients: 0
  • Beds Include:
    • 31 Acute Care (0-6 day stay) Beds
    • 1 Obstetrics Bed + supports
    • 4 Level 2 ICU Beds

 

Emergency Room - Bracebridge

Today

  • 11 Emergency Room bays
  • 22,000 Emergency visits

Future State

  • 27 Emergency Room bays, with enhanced mental health capacity
  • 24,000 Emergency visits

 

Procedures - Bracebridge

Today

  • 36,800 Diagnostic Imaging
  • Procedures
  • 0 Chemotherapy Visits
  • 3,900 Surgical/Procedural Visits
    • General Surgery
    • Plastics
    • Gynaecology
    • Urology

Future State

  • 89,500 Diagnostic Imaging
  • Procedures
  • 11,000 Chemotherapy Visits
  • 9,200 Scheduled Surgical/Procedural Visits
    • General Surgery
    • Plastics
    • Gynaecology
    • Urology
    • Cataracts
    • Ear, Nose and Throat
    • On-Call Emergency surgeries (incl. C-sections)+
    • Orthopaedic Joint Replacements+

 

Huntsville Hospital: Current & Future

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Vision - Huntsville

An advanced, fully operational new hospital serving as the regional hub for high-acuity and complex patient care, including transitional support for patients awaiting further recovery and treatment (ALC patients).

Inpatient Beds - Huntsville

Today

Inpatient Care: 56 beds

  • 38 Medical/Surgical
  • 10 Rehabilitation
  • 6 Level 2 ICU
  • 2 Obstetrics

Future State

Inpatient Care: Total 121 beds

  • 31 Acute Care (0-6 day stay) Beds  
  • 2 Obstetrics Bed + Supports
  • 10 Level 3 ICU Beds
  • 9 Post-ICU Longer-Stay Beds
  • 18 Medical Reactivation Beds (>7-Day Stay)
  • 14 Acute Rehabilitation Beds
  • 37 Activation (ALC) Beds

 

Emergency Room - Huntsville

Today

  • 16 Emergency Room bays, with enhanced mental health capacity
  • 21,500 Emergency visits

Future State

  • 27 Emergency Room bays, with enhanced mental health capacity
  • 24,500 Emergency visits (FY 2031-32)

 

Operating Rooms - Huntsville

Today

  • 2 Operating Rooms

Future State

  • 2 Operating Rooms

 

Procedures - Huntsville

Today

  • 41,000 Diagnostic Imaging Procedures
  • 3,500 Dialysis Visits

Future State

  • 29,000 Diagnostic Imaging Procedures
  • 4,600 Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRIs)
  • 4,500 Dialysis Visits

 

Procedure Visits - Huntsville

Today

  • 4,400 Surgical/Procedural Visits
    • General Surgery
    • Cataracts
    • Ear, Nose and Throat
    • Minor Orthopaedic Procedures
    • Plastics

Future State

  • 1200 Surgical/Procedural Visits
    • Surgeries requiring inpatient stay
    • Same-day scheduled surgeries
    • On-Call Emergency surgeries

 

How will the multi-site regional hospital impact the hospital Foundations, and what strategies are in place to maintain donor support in South Muskoka?

The two Foundations associated with the Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare multi-site regional hospital will remain independent entities with distinct operational structures, ensuring targeted support for each hospital. In response to the evolving health care landscape in South Muskoka, proactive measures are being implemented to maintain and potentially increase donor engagement and contributions.

  • Independent Operation with Focused Goals: Each Foundation will continue to operate independently with its own staff, Board, and strategic plans, ensuring that donations are used effectively to meet the specific needs of the associated hospital. This targeted approach helps in maximizing the impact of contributions on patient care and hospital improvements.
  • Donor Funds Management: Contributions to each Foundation are allocated specifically to the projects and needs of that particular hospital, with strict policies ensuring that donor information and funds are not intermingled. This transparency and accountability help in building and maintaining trust with donors.
  • Anticipated Impact on Donations: Adjustments to the multi-site regional hospital, such as the increase in acute care beds at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital (SMMH), are designed to directly address community concerns and preferences, thereby reinforcing donor confidence and support.
  • Ongoing Fundraising Efforts: Both Foundations are actively continuing their fundraising initiatives to support the current and future needs of the hospital. These efforts are crucial for funding essential upgrades and expansions that are not covered by government financing.
  • Building Donor Confidence: The strategic enhancements and expansions in service capacity are expected to reassure donors that their contributions are facilitating significant improvements in local health care services, which is anticipated to sustain and possibly increase donor support.
  • Engagement and Communication Strategies: Regular updates, transparent communication about the impacts of donations, and involvement in hospital development plans are key strategies employed by the Foundations to keep the donor community engaged and informed.

 

What strategies are being implemented to strengthen community partnerships and extend care beyond hospital settings?

As the multi-site regional hospital evolves, a key focus is being placed on enhancing community partnerships to extend the reach of health care services directly into the community, particularly in more remote and outlying areas. This approach is integral to creating a more integrated and accessible multi-site regional hospital.

  • Strengthening Existing Partnerships: The multi-site regional hospital will continue to build on the strong relationships already established with local community organizations. These partnerships are crucial for integrating hospital services with community-based care, ensuring a seamless continuum of care for patients.
  • Expanding Reach of Services: With the new health care model, the focus is on extending services beyond the traditional hospital setting. This strategy aims to deliver health care closer to where patients live, reducing the need for travel and making care more accessible to the broader community.
  • Innovative Care Models: By leveraging these partnerships, Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare plans to introduce innovative care models that include mobile health services, telehealth, and localized care hubs. These models are designed to bring specialized medical care into the community, enhance preventive care, and manage chronic conditions more effectively.
  • Community-Focused Care Solutions: The expansion involves not just physical outreach but also the integration of local health resources and services to provide comprehensive care tailored to the unique needs of each area within the region.
  • Regional Collaboration across Specialized Programs: Our partnerships extend to regional hospitals in Orillia (OSMH), Barrie (RVH), Midland (GBGH), Waypoint, Collingwood (CGMH), Parry Sound, and North Bay, encompassing a range of specialized programs including surgical, obstetrics, pediatrics, and mental health services. This collaborative network enhances the capacity of each facility, fostering a shared approach to health care that benefits a wide geographic area and diverse patient populations. This cooperation ensures that high-quality care is accessible, promoting a stronger, more unified health service across the region.