Muskoka and Area Health System Transformation Council

June 27, 2016

The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN) Board of Directors has approved the formation of the Muskoka and Area Health System Transformation (MAHST) Council as the next step in developing an integrated health care model for Muskoka and the surrounding area.

The Transformation Council will enable local experts and health and social system partners to develop, lead, facilitate and deliver a final report to the NSM LHIN that will include recommendations for a Transformed Health System Model for Muskoka and Area. The comprehensive model will be aligned with the NSM LHIN’s strategic plan, evidence-based, reflect best practices, implementable and in the best interests of the people of Muskoka and area.

“This initiative is a true example of a community coming together to achieve great goals. The health service partners are committed to change and see the tremendous potential through better service integration. Muskoka is in many ways a perfect location to model change – we are relatively small in population, services and needs are transparent, and we see the risks of not improving services.” - Rick Williams, Commissioner of Community Services, District Municipality of Muskoka

The Health System Transformation Council will be comprised of a LHIN-appointed Chair and Co-Chair, along with six Executive Committee members and eleven general members who will be selected as part of an expression of interest process. It is anticipated that the first meeting of the Council will take place in August 2016.

“The work of the Council aligns perfectly with our 10-year Care Connections – Partnering for Healthy Communities journey which began back in 2010. Including health care services along with community and social services is critical to an integrated health care system. We will be following the work of the Council closely as the Transformation Model may be one that could be replicated in other communities across North Simcoe Muskoka.” - Jill Tettmann, CEO, NSM LHIN

Prior to review and approval by the NSM LHIN Board, the formation of the Transformation Council was endorsed by the Muskoka Health Care Task Force and Muskoka Health Link Steering Committee.  Both groups saw the benefits of a body comprised of local and regional experts as the logical next step in furthering the discussion of not only the provision of health care by the hospital sector but of all service sectors including long-term care, mental health and addiction, community support services, home and community care, social services and primary care.

For further information, please contact Susan French, Communications Lead, NSM LHIN 705-326-7750 x234 or go to the MAHST website