Georgian Bay General Hospital
Georgian Bay General Hospital came into existence following the voluntary integration of Huronia District Hospital and Penetanguishene General Hospital in 2008.
The two hospitals were the front-runners of integration when they formed the North Simcoe Hospital Alliance in October 1992 as a voluntary alliance that's aim was to maintain hospital services for the Georgian Bay communities they served. The founding purpose then was:
"to develop a mechanism by which the two hospitals will be able to collaboratively plan to maximize the use of existing and new health care resources available to the area and to provide the best quality hospital care to the residents of North Simcoe".
The hospitals embarked on a comprehensive voluntary planning process, the results of which fundamentally changed the delivery of hospital services in North Simcoe.
In the spring of 1996, the hospitals announced role changes to concentrate specific services on each site. The actual service transfer was successfully completed in October 1996 and an integrated management team and common medical staff were developed.
An attempt to take the alliance to the next level – formal integration - under the sponsorship of the Catholic Health Association of Ontario, which already sponsored the Penetanguishene site, proved unsuccessful in 2007.
As a result, a provincial supervisor was appointed to recommend an integration solution for the community. That solution included the integration of the two hospital sites into one secular organization and the divestment of the neighbouring psychiatric hospital from the province to the CHAO sponsored Penetanguishene General Hospital Inc.
Georgian Bay General Hospital was the name selected following a community-wide process and open vote in December 2009. The organization's vision to provide Exceptional Care, Every Person, Every Time, was announced at the same time.