To all visitors of the WAHA website,
Hello, I am very pleased to welcome you to Weeneebayko Area Health Authority’s (WAHA) website.
WAHA is responsible for providing comprehensive health services in the beautiful Weeneebayko region along the James Bay and Hudson Bay coastal regions in northern Ontario servicing six communities: Moose Factory, Fort Albany, Attawapiskat, Moosonee, Kashechewan and Peawanuck. This very scenic and diverse area is rich in Aboriginal culture and history.
WAHA is the result of an October 1, 2010 amalgamation of the Weeneebayko Health Ahtuskaywin (federal hospital) and James Bay General Hospital (provincial hospital).
I am so proud of our accomplishments since October 2010. Our staff, community members, and supporters are to be commended for all the work in making WAHA a reality. With continued efforts, WAHA looks forward to advancing progress as we work towards providing more services close to home.
If you have any comments or suggestions for the website, please contact WAHA’s Director of Community Relations at (705) 658-4544 ext. 2222. We encourage you to visit our website for any further information that you may be interested in.
WAHA Board Chair
Weeneebayko Area Health Integration Framework Agreement
November 18, 2014
The current WAHIFA agreement (click here for the agreement) expires on September 30, 2015. During the final six months a review and evaluation of the agreement is required. In preparation for this, WAHA has been meeting with Health Canada since the spring of this year on the renegotiations and at our last meeting in late November the Province (through the NELHIN) also participated in our discussions. We have established the base for our tripartite discussions and our next meeting of the three parties will be in January of 2015.
At the last meeting an evaluation plan was submitted for review and implementation next year. The audit process has been completed and we are now working on the consultation component for the evaluation. All signatories will be asked to provide their feedback/input and similar to our very successful Community Consultation process, the residents of the Weeneebayko Region will have a further opportunity for input as well. We are very excited about the excellent progress being made and look forward to a successful outcome and renegotiation of the WAHIFA agreement, that will serve the best interests of the people whom we serve in our delivery of health services and programs.
WAHA CEO and President
Bernie D. Schmidt
New Hospital Update
November 14, 2014
We have received a number of inquiries and calls about the new Hospital for the Weeneebayko Region. I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with a brief update and some drawings (click here to access the drawings) of the work that is being undertaken. For those of you who were able to attend the Community Consultation sessions last year you have already seen the drawings and may have taken a handout home with you. After a very successful Community Consultation process and a significant response to our Health Survey, the WAHA Board of Directors reviewed all the material and feedback which was received and passed a motion on October 7, 2013 to build the new Hospital in Moosonee and a new Health Centre on Moose Factory Island. The entire Stage 1 submission was delivered to the Capital Planning Branch the following week. Over the past two weeks we have met with Capital Planning Branch, Health Canada, the Province of Ontario and the NELHIN to review our project and the next steps going forward. We are hopeful that we will soon receive approval to move to Stage 2 and a planning grant which will allow us to maintain momentum on this much needed boost to our healthcare infrastructure on the Coast.
The first two pages of the attachment are the new Hospital in Moosonee, which include the site layout and how services and programs might be aligned within the new building. The last page is the New Health Centre for Moose Factory Island, which includes the site layout and possibly how the programs and services could be set up. It is important to understand that the new Health Centre will be twice the size of the current Health Centre in Moosonee and will have expanded services and programs available for the residents of the Island. Almost all of the primary health care needs of the Island residents will be addressed in the new Health Centre therefore not requiring travel to the mainland. For emergency situations or procedures requiring intervention, patients will have to travel to the mainland to be treated in the new Hospital or to be medivaced to the south.
I hope this brief message clarifies some of the confusion or lack of understanding that we have heard about and we welcome any thoughts or feedback you might have as we move this very exciting project forward. We are committed to providing timely updates and information to you, the people whom we serve, and will be posting updates on our website as the information becomes available.
WAHA CEO and President
Bernie D. Schmidt