Midland Council opens the way for a joint Waypoint/CHIGAMIK health hub in Midland
Midland Council opens the way for a joint Waypoint/CHIGAMIK health hub in Midland
Posted on 01/28/2015

The vision for a future health hub for CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre and Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care is one step closer thanks to support from Midland Council Tuesday.

 

Council gave its approval in principal for the two local health care organizations to use Town owned property across from the Unimin property by Edgehill Park to build a new health hub for the Community Health Centre and Waypoint’s Midland outpatient programs.

 

“I am tremendously pleased and excited that Council has voted to support this key project. The CHIGAMIK-Waypoint health hub is the foundation for building a new healthcare industry in Midland while providing our residents with essential healthcare services. It is truly a win-win for all” said Gord McKay, Mayor of Midland.

 

With the reorganization of Georgian Bay General Hospital services, Waypoint found itself needing a new home for its outpatients programs currently housed on the GBGH Midland site. The Outpatient Services Program and Waypoint’s HERO Centre in downtown Midland both require larger locations. Recognizing CHIGAMIK was also looking for a permanent home in Midland, discussions about a potential co-location began.

 

“With the Town of Midland approval, the centre de santé communautaire Chigamik Community Health Centre can move forward with Waypoint on plans for a new building that ends our five year wait for a final home. Now with a solid footing we can proceed through our many approval steps to fulfill our mandate - to equip our community to achieve optimal health and well-being,” CHIGAMIK Executive Director David Jeffery said.

 

Waypoint is hopeful that this endorsement by the Town of Midland will help the hospital maintain its outpatient programs in an accessible area of Midland. Clients and staff have expressed the importance of these services remaining close to Midland’s downtown core and in close proximity to other partners such as Wendat, the YMCA Employment Services and the business community.

“There are many benefits for our clients to a joint location with CHIGAMIK, most notably the access to primary care and health promotion services,” said Waypoint President and CEO Carol Lambie.  “CHIGAMIK and Waypoint are extremely thankful to Midland Council for supporting our organizations and most importantly our clients and patients.”

 

There are still many approvals required including capital funding through the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care and North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network. Both Waypoint and CHIGAMIK are committed to working with the LHIN and Ministry to see this project become reality.