Mark Clairmont | MuskokaTODAY.com

MUSKOKA — The location of a new hospital site in Bracebridge will be discussed at public meeting this month.

Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) is hosting a series of community open houses — in-person and one online — to engage community members and update the public on the capital redevelopment journey to replace South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge and Huntsville District Memorial Hospital.

MACH says in a release this week that “with provincial government support for a new hospital in Huntsville on the existing land, and a new hospital in Bracebridge on new land, MAHC is working through Stage 1.3 of the Ministry of Health’s planning process, which will include site selection for a new location of 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 shaped our plan for two new sites,” says MAHC president and CEO Cheryl Harrison.

“Community open houses are a great opportunity to receive an update on our progress to date, ask questions, get involved in exploring land options for SMMH, and provide feedback on the preliminary criteria for choosing the best location for a new hospital in Bracebridge.”

The seven sessions are:

  • Jan. 16 – 7 p.m. – Canada Summit Centre Active Living Centre, Huntsville
  • Jan. 17 – 7 p.m. – Terry Fox Auditorium, Gravenhurst Centennial Centre
  • Jan. 18 – 7 p.m. – Armour Ryerson Burk’s Falls Arena Hall
  • Jan. 19 – 7 p.m. – Dwight Community Centre
  • Jan. 21 – 10 a.m. – Port Carling Community Centre (2nd floor)
  • Jan. 21 – 2 p.m. – Rene M. Caisse Memorial Theatre, Bracebridge
  • Virtual open houses are scheduled on Monday, Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. and on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. Please register for the Zoom link to attend a virtual open house at www.mahc.ca/openhouse.

See related story on $1B cost at https://muskokatoday.com/

With 45,000 ER visits to the Muskoka’s two hospitals, MAHC says it needs new facilities in Huntsville and Bracebridge within a decade.


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