NSM LHIN Hospitals Receive $4.1 Million in Additional Base Funding

Increased dollars for enhanced patient care 

December 5, 2016

The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN) is pleased to announce that our five acute care hospital organizations have received an increase in base budget funding beginning in 2016-2017. Base funding is an annual addition made to an organization’s budget and does not include any one-time funding received during the year.

Improving access to hospital services is part of the government’s plan to build a better Ontario through its Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.

The intent of the North Simcoe Muskoka funding is to:

  • address capacity and access challenges in hospitals experiencing unprecedented volume growth and Alternate Level of Care (ALC)  challenges;
  • maintain existing services in medium-sized hospitals; and
  • support the continued provision of services, such as hip and knee replacements.

North Simcoe Muskoka hospitals have seen their base budgets increased by the following amounts:


Additional Base Funding

Collingwood General & Marine Hospital


Georgian Bay General Hospital


Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare


Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Hospital


Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre





“We are pleased to see our NSM acute care hospitals receiving additional dollars to help meet their service delivery needs. Our hospitals provide excellent care and this increase in base funding will allow them to continue to serve their communities, through the delivery of safe, quality, patient-centred care, as close to home as possible.”

  • Jill Tettmann, CEO, North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN
“I am glad that our local healthcare providers will be able to continue to provide the quality service that the people of Ontario deserve. Our government continues to put patients first as we work with local hospitals across the province to improve access to innovative and life-saving treatments.”
  • Ann Hoggarth, MPP Barrie

“On behalf of all of us at MAHC, this funding announcement is welcomed news. This funding is going to be a major boost in helping our hospital address our challenges.”

  • Natalie Bubela, CEO, Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare


  • May 2016 saw the first time in 2 years that the NSM LHIN’s Alternate Level of Care (ALC) rate was better than the provincial ALC rate (14.1% vs 14.4%).
  • The additional base funding investment in our North Simcoe Muskoka hospitals will enhance patients’ access to the procedures they need.


For further information please contact:

Susan French, Communications Lead, NSM LHIN
susan.french@lhins.on.ca or 705-326-7750 x234