Today Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith announced that a “Hands Up for Our Hospitals” community rally in support of the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge and the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital will be held at 11am on Saturday, March 21st at the Bracebridge Sportsplex.

The Town believes the continued delivery of acute care services at the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge is crucial to the long-term sustainability of the community and the continued provision of adequate health care services for the residents of Bracebridge. The provision of a full range of emergency, inpatient and surgical services at both the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital in Bracebridge and the Huntsville District Memorial Hospital by Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) is vital for all of the communities in the Muskoka region.

Residents of the Towns of Bracebridge, Gravenhurst, Huntsville, the Townships of Lake of Bays, Muskoka Lakes and Georgian Bay are invited to join Mayor Smith, Members of Town Council, MP Tony Clement, District Chair John Klinck and other community leaders at the event to be held as follows:

 Date: Saturday, March 21, 2015

 Time: 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 Location: Bracebridge Sportsplex, 110 Clearbrook Trail

Over the past months, Mayor Smith and Bracebridge Council have been working closely with the Board of Muskoka Algonquin Health Care to support sustainable hospital services for the community and have been in regular contact with the Minister of Health and Long-term Care to encourage support for MAHC.

“Now is the time for the community to come out and voice support for our hospitals,” says Smith. “It’s imperative that MAHC and the Province hear how important our hospitals and their services are to Bracebridge, Huntsville and the entire Muskoka region.”