GTA/905 Healthcare Alliance Becomes Growing Communities Healthcare Alliance

    Like the Communities it Represents the Alliance is also Growing

    TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ - The GTA/905 Healthcare Alliance has long been
an advocate for hospitals in the high growth regions surrounding Toronto. 
Continuing these efforts and given the needs of hospitals in other high growth
communities in Ontario, the Alliance is expanding.
    In addition to hospitals in the high growth regions of Durham, Halton,
Peel, York, and Dufferin County, Alliance membership now includes hospitals in
the fast growing regions of Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph, Cambridge, West
Ottawa, Fergus and Wellington North. To reflect this new reality, the GTA/905
Healthcare Alliance will be changing its name to Growing Communities
Healthcare Alliance.

    The six new Alliance members are: Cambridge Memorial Hospital
                                      Groves Memorial Community Hospital
                                      Guelph General Hospital
                                      North Wellington Health Care
                                      Queensway Carleton Hospital
                                      St. Mary's General Hospital

    "We are very pleased to have more hospitals join us in working to solve
the long standing problems of timely local access to hospital care and
hospital under funding in high growth communities," said Ann Stapleford
McGuire, Chair of the Alliance. "Having more hospital voices not only helps
strengthen our message but also our resolve as we advocate on behalf of over 5
million Ontarians living in high growth communities."
    "Over the past number of years the Alliance has worked hard to bring
better care close to home for residents in high growth communities like
Cambridge. We believe that they have presented a solid, evidence-based case to
the Province," said Julia Dumanian, President and CEO of Cambridge Memorial
Hospital. "By joining the Alliance we will now be part of the larger effort to
ensure that high growth communities receive adequate growth funding to meet
our patient care needs."
    Working in collaboration with GTA/905 and Dufferin County mayors, chairs,
MPPs, and United Ways, the Alliance has helped bring to the forefront the need
for improved funding and increased local access to hospital and health care
services as well as other human services in high growth regions. It is hoped
that these efforts can now be expanded to many more high growth communities.
    "Not only has the Alliance been successful at bringing forward the issues
of operating funding gaps and its impact on local access to hospital and
health care services in high growth communities, it has also offered practical
and fair solutions to address the issues," said Rod Vanier, Chair of the Board
of Queensway Carleton Hospital. "By joining the Growing Communities Healthcare
Alliance we want to strengthen its voice on behalf of our patients,
communities and staff."
    The Alliance is presently working with the Province to begin to fix the
hospital funding gaps in high growth regions and is encouraging the Ministry
of Health to distribute new provincial hospital and health care funding on a
population-needs-based funding formula to ensure an equitable distribution of
provincial funding across Ontario.


    The Growing Communities Healthcare Alliance is the collective voice of
acute care and mental health hospitals across High Growth Communities in
Ontario. Alliance hospitals provide care to Ontarians living in the fastest
growing communities in Ontario where 40 percent of Ontarians reside and that
account for more than half of Ontario's annual population growth. The Alliance
was established in 1996 to represent hospitals in the rapidly growing regions
of Durham, Halton, Peel and York. Alliance Mission To collaborate, educate and
advocate for equitable hospital funding and care in Ontario's high growth
communities so our patients get timely access to appropriate hospital care
close to home. Alliance Vision Equitable population-needs-based funding for
hospital care in Ontario's high growth communities.

    Alliance Goals

    1.  Adequate and on-going growth funding for High Growth Hospitals

    2.  The Provincial Government allocates hospital and health care funding
        to LHINs using a Population-Needs-Based Funding formula

    3.  The Government of Ontario develops a hospital and health care growth
        plan for Ontario to complement Places to Grow.

    Alliance Members

    1. Cambridge Memorial Hospital
    2. Credit Valley Hospital
    3. Groves Memorial Community Hospital
    4. Guelph General Hospital
    5. Halton Healthcare Services
    6. Headwaters Health Care Centre
    7. Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital
    8. Lakeridge Health Network
    9. Markham Stouffville Hospital
    10. North Wellington Health Care
    11. Queensway Carleton Hospital
    12. Rouge Valley Health Centre
    13. St. Mary's General Hospital
    14. Southlake Regional Health Centre
    15. Trillium Health Centre
    16. Whitby Mental Health Centre
    17. York Central Hospital

    Projected population growth of High Growth LHINs

                                             Year        Year        Year
    LHIN                                     2008        2011        2016
    Central LHIN       Population          1,667,972   1,769,382   1,933,915
                       % Change from 2008                   6.1%       15.9%
    Central East LHIN  Population          1,514,233   1,572,920   1,674,733
                       % Change from 2008                   3.9%       10.6%
    Central West LHIN  Population            817,764     875,782     969,463
                       % Change from 2008                   7.1%       18.6%
    Mississauga-       Population          1,136,323   1,208,290   1,324,950
     Halton LHIN
                       % Change from 2008                   6.3%       16.6%
    North Simcoe       Population            447,041     474,107     519,595
     Muskoka LHIN
                       % Change from 2008                   6.1%       16.2%
    Waterloo           Population            724,135     752,620     800,643
     Wellington LHIN
                       % Change from 2008                   3.9%       10.6%
    HIGH GROWTH LHINs  Population          7,505,738   7,888,062   8,525,713
                       % Change from 2008                   5.1%       13.6%
    ONTARIO            Population         12,942,075  13,426,178  14,248,041
                      % Change from 2008                    3.7%       10.1%


SOURCE: Ontario Ministry of Finance, 2007 Per Resident Hospital Funding by LHIN ------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 -03 -04 -05 -06 -07 -08 -09 -10 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Central $655 $738 $701 $717 $717 $733 $731 $727 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Central East $594 $658 $635 $641 $653 $666 $734 $734 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Central West $563 $643 $589 $587 $551 $563 $608 $603 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mississauga-Halton $589 $643 $634 $666 $684 $693 $697 $692 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- North Simcoe Muskoka $603 $659 $642 $688 $694 $691 $701 $695 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Waterloo Wellington $600 $681 $642 $658 $670 $683 $713 $714 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- HIGH GROWTH $605 $675 $647 $663 $669 $680 $708 $705 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Ontario(*) $798 $863 $883 $918 $925 $948 $975 $979 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- (*) Ontario per resident funding is calculated excluding Toronto, Northern and High Growth LHINs. The population used in calculating the funding is age adjusted and uses a localization index to account for residents receiving their hospital services outside of their LHIN Hospital Annual Operating Funding Gap by LHIN --------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 -03 -04 -05 -06 -07 -08 -09 -10 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Central $153M $139M $208M $237M $252M $269M $313M $332M ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Central East $271M $279M $343M $391M $393M $417M $363M $377M ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Central West $111M $109M $150M $174M $202M $215M $211M $222M ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Mississauga- Halton $175M $192M $226M $236M $233M $255M $286M $305M ------------------------------------------------------------------------- North Simcoe Muskoka $78M $84M $102M $100M $104M $119M $131M $140M ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Waterloo Wellington $127M $120M $162M $179M $179M $191M $192M $199M ------------------------------------------------------------------------- HIGH GROWTH $915M $922M $1191M $1316M $1363 $1465M $1497M $1575M -------------------------------------------------------------------------

For further information:

For further information: Tariq Asmi, Executive Director, Growing
Communities Healthcare Alliance, Cell: (416) 948-2033, Office: (416) 205-1331,,

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