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Call for Expressions of Interest: Community and Health Care Representatives Needed to Chart the Course in Transforming Health Care in Muskoka and Area
(Bracebridge, ON) June 30, 2016 – The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN) recently announced the formation of the Muskoka and Area Health System Transformation (MAHST) Council. Accountable as an advisory body to the NSM LHIN, the MAHST Council will develop an integrated health care model and implementation plan for Muskoka and surrounding area.
An Expression of Interest process has been launched to recruit and appoint Council and Working Group Members. The Council’s Terms of Reference and additional resources are available at www.muskoka.on.ca/MAHST. A Small Working Group made up of health care, social services, municipal, and community representatives from Muskoka is currently in place to support the recruitment process until the Council is established. Selection and appointment of members will begin on July 18, 2016, and it is anticipated the first Council meeting will be in August 2016.
“This is an opportunity to design an improved health system for Muskoka – a higher quality, sustainable system that looks at the full continuum of care and puts people first,”explains Rick Williams, Commissioner of Community Services, District Municipality of Muskoka and Chair of the Small Working Group. “We need innovative, transformative people from the system and the community to lead this design process.”
“The status quo for health care in Muskoka is not an option. Hospital deficit, limited access to primary care, and growing pressures from our aging population make the current model unsustainable,” says Dr. David Mathies, Family Physician and Member of the Small Working Group. “Underlying these challenges is a strong belief we can achieve significant cost savings and transform into a more integrated, seamless, and efficient system – supported by a new funding model where money saved in Muskoka is reinvested locally to improve, protect, and expand front-line care.”