G&M Hospital hosts joint Mayor's Forum - Unanimous alignment sought and received
On Tuesday September 6, mayors and municipal representatives of CGMH's four service municipalities, Clearview Township, Collingwood, The Blue Mountains and Wasaga Beach met at the Hospital, as they have twice previously, to come to consensus on how best to assist the hospital in moving its redevelopment project forward.
The group reached consensus in its support of the $400 million hospital redevelopment project, a key component of a successful application to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
There was unanimous support for the Stage 1 Master Program/Master Plan application. The mayors, deputy mayors, councillors who sit on the Hospital Board and CAO's agreed to meet with their councils to draft individual statements of support, which will be included in the Stage 1 submission.
CGMH Board Chair, Thom Paterson says, "We are excited by the unified front established by our four served communities at the meeting tonight. It was obvious that everyone in the room was focused on what is best for our patients, regardless of the municipality they represent. To come to such clear consensus sends a strong message to the Ministry that we are united in our quest to secure the future of healthcare for our area, through a redeveloped facility."
The purpose of the Mayor's Forum since its inception in February 2015 is to facilitate honest and open dialogue between the Hospital and the elected representatives of the municipalities we serve. "Tonight's meeting is a clear indication that when all parties come to the table focused on what's best for our patients, we can create exceptional results," says Guy Chartrand, CGMH President and CEO.
"We all acknowledge there is still work to be done by each municipality," says Mayor Brian Smith of Wasaga Beach. "We trust that the hardworking individuals involved in the CGMH Facilities Planning Committee will continue to work closely with us through the next stages in this redevelopment process. Right now, our goal is to ensure that we meet the September 30deadline for submission to the Ministry, with the strongest possible submission to ensure we secure a new regional hospital that will service all citizens of the four communities in the region. We know that the Ministry will review all details of the Stage 1 submission and provide feedback to the hospital, which they will then share openly with all partners and the public."
Paterson is excited about what a redeveloped facility can offer the citizens of south Georgian Bay. "We are confident in the work that has been completed so far and are excited by the opportunities open to us through this redevelopment. We thank our municipal partners for their support of this process and pledge to continue to keep the lines of communication open,"he says.
For the most up-to-date redevelopment news, the public is encouraged to tune into the redevelopment portal on the main page of the hospital's website at: cgmh.on.ca/redevelopment.