With respect to the board chair of Muskoka Algonquin Health Care (MAHC), Charles Forret, and the comments he relayed of a “shock wave” being sent through our community due to the announcement from Mayor Graydon Smith of a gift of property to MAHC for the purpose of building a new hospital.
I suggest that the board chair may want to attend all public meetings. Mayor Smith made the suggestion at a meeting about a year ago to both the community and the MAHC CEO directly in one of their “public meetings.” The fact that people at the board level and management level of MAHC didn’t hear that suggestion is the true shock our community should be feeling. I wonder if any of the suggestions made by the public have been heard by MAHC and with the continual move toward one site I’d say their ears are closed. To suggest that the offer has come at the wrong time would be laughable if it were not such a serious subject. Forret goes on to say that no matter what the mayors may suggest the board decision will not be altered. So my question is what kind of joke are they trying to play by having public meetings when they don’t mean anything?
Forret says they are concerned about a model, not where that model is going to be. What in goodness name does that mean? If you build a building where people can’t access it, I guess you might save money since the people who need it won’t be able to get to it. Maybe that fulfils a financial goal, but certainly not the healthcare goal that should be the intent.
I’ve spoken to the Premier’s office and I’ve been told that once the decision is made by the board it won’t be altered because there is an understanding that the community has been consulted and that they are behind the decision that has been made – that the board has the support of the community. We all know that isn’t true. The one site option should be off of the table and the only thing left should be two acute care hospitals, one in Huntsville and one in Bracebridge.
I’m going to further suggest that board members are not on that board to represent their own ideas. They are there to represent the community they serve, just as in politics. If that isn’t the case, they’re in the wrong place.
In the past people who lived in our community were elected to be on the board of directors and now it’s a closed board. I suggest that we un-amalgamate MAHC and allow the communities to truly have their say in how we will proceed. Families are more likely to remain and be attracted to towns with good services in place, so the mayors are doing their job in working to keep their hospitals. Maybe follow their lead?
Lake of Bays.