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Health unit to relocate in Midland

Feb 28, 2011
The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit will soon be sharing space at Midland Secondary School.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit will soon be sharing space at Midland Secondary School.

The health unit will be relocating to the school on March 25, not far from its current home by the Georgian Bay General Hospital (Midland site).

The new location at Hugel Avenue, with its entrance off Gervais Street, offers the public easy access to the agency’s full spectrum of services, from vaccines to food and water safety, to healthy lifestyle promotion, to family and prenatal health, and protection from health hazards and infectious disease. A public transit stop is about 500 metres from the site and a peak transit route will travel right by the door in the morning and mid-afternoon.

“Our intent in moving to this site is to provide a highly visible location where the public can walk, take transit or bicycle to the health unit office,” said Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner. “It means our clients will be able to choose healthy, active transportation to reach us and reduce automobile emissions, both of which are long-term priorities with public health.

“I believe generally that the public will have more opportunity to take advantage of the services and expertise of the health unit,” he added.

Midland Mayor and board of health member Gord McKay said: “It’s a great fit for the town and with public health there, it makes the secondary school an even more important focal point for our community.”

“We’re delighted to share accommodation with Midland Secondary School,” said board of health chair Barry Ward. “One of our ongoing key strategic goals has been strengthening community partnerships and developing new, innovative ways of working in those partnerships.”

“The Simcoe County District School Board welcomes this wonderful community partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit,” said Debra Edwards, Chairperson of the Simcoe County District School Board. “Both organizations worked hard to make this move a reality. Our board believes that cooperative and collaborative community partnerships play an important role in public education.”

“We had space at Midland Secondary School and this arrangement makes good sense for our community,” said Michele Locke, Trustee for Midland, Penetanguishene, Wasaga Beach, and Tiny. “Like our partnership with Stellula Music at Penetanguishene Secondary School, our partnership with the health unit lets us expand the use of MSS facilities beyond our regular education-related services.”

The new location offers a variety of advantages.   

  • A vestibule in the entranceway will be set up as a water bottle pickup and drop-off point, allowing people to bring in private well water samples to be transported to the Public Health Lab in Orillia for testing. This will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Friday.
  • The site will be one of the stop points for the health unit’s new mobile dental van under the Healthy Smiles Ontario program which provides free dental treatment for eligible children 17 years of age and under.
  • On-site students, parents, teachers and day care users will have close access to the health unit’s programs and services.
  • The entrance from Gervais allows better traffic flow for clients.

The move will require closure of the health unit office on Friday, March 25 but it will reopen for regular hours on Monday, March 28 at the new location. Office hours will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but closed for lunch hour, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

For more information about health unit services and office locations visit the website at or call Your Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



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