For the past several weeks we’ve visited several municipalities within the Dufferin County – Caledon region. Our goal is to update municipal leaders and citizens about their community hospital’s performance and challenges we are facing with respect to operating funding.

At a recent presentation to Dufferin County Council, a motion was made and accepted: “That Dufferin County Council proactively supports the hospital with its advocacy to the province of Ontario to address how medium-size hospitals are funded, so our citizens can continue to receive high-quality care closer to home at Headwaters Health Care Centre.”

All hospital operating funding comes from the Ministry of Health and is based on a calculation that does not work for the over 20 Ontario medium-size community hospitals like ours. We need government to develop an equitable funding approach that provides Headwaters Health Care Centre with the support it needs to care for its community. Most people know the province does not fund hospital equipment. On average, the Headwaters Health Care Foundation grants the hospital $2M each year to pay for our equipment priorities. We do rely on the ongoing generosity of our citizens.

We will continue our community outreach to other municipalities within our region over the coming months and thank everyone for their support of an important community resource.