Onoway Regional Medical Clinic is undergoing some exciting changes.
From 2008 to 2016, twelve municipalities supported the operations of Onoway Regional Medical Clinic by providing an annual $76,000 cash subsidy to the clinic’s operator. Concerns about the sustainability of a permanent and growing subsidy led these municipal partners to consider alternative funding structures. A business case was developed that suggested the clinic could be operated for profit without a municipal subsidy, and in January of 2017, six municipal partners (the Town of Onoway; Lac Ste. Anne County; and the Summer Villages of Ross Haven, West Cove, Silver Sands and Val Quentin) assumed operations of Onoway Regional Medical Clinic (ORMC).
The initial commitment was for a two-year trial to prove a business case for a medical clinic in Onoway operated without subsidy. The results of this trial have been nothing short of remarkable. At the end of the two-year mark, our clinic was operating with a small profit, which was reinvested back into the facility. The clinic exceeded revenue projections by 11% in 2017 and 15% in 2018.
With the departure of Dr. Winterbach earlier this year, we are now focused on recruiting a new third physician. Additionally, we’re interested in working with a Primary Care Network to bring the services of nurses, dietitians, therapists, and other specialized medical resources to the community. Although the ORMC Board and partner municipalities are all supportive of adding these services, the current clinic space limits our ability to house and support these additional services. The ORMC Board has made an official request to its municipal shareholders to support its efforts to improve the variety of services available in the region and help it find a new larger location for the clinic.
Regardless of the outcome of our request for additional clinic space, we will begin to work through the process of incorporating as a Municipally Controlled Corporation. This process will complete the efforts of our municipal partners to ensure the sustainable and independent operation of Onoway Regional Medical Clinic without a dependence upon municipal subsidies to survive.