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Port Carling Nurse Practitioner Station is a Big Step Closer

Port Carling Nurse Practitioner Station is a Big Step Closer

Muskoka Lakes Nursing Station Chair Allen Edwards has?announced more great news for the Brock and Willa Wellness Centre.

Harry and Mary Ann Debes and their family foundation are donating a half a million dollars to the Nursing Station.?The?Debes Family became interested in the Nursing Station after?last years Muskoka Comedy Gala?for the Brock & Willa Wellness Centre and started looking into it closely.

We need such a facility in the Port Carling area and a few years ago Linda and Allen Edwards started working towards this cause. Last May the project received a real boost with a generous donation of land and money by Brock and Willa Napier. Today my wife Mary Ann and I are happy to play our part. Last Friday, through our Foundation, we donated $500,000 to help realize this dream something that will help our community for generations to come. For those to whom much is given, much is expected.? said Harry Debes, to a group at the new wellness site.


Why is it needed & advantages?

  • It fits in with the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care and the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN for the Health Links initiative.
  • The Lions seniors residence will have easy access to Primary Health Care at the Nursing Station
  • The Nurse Practitioner can go over to the seniors residence and do health programs
  • Andys House, Hospice Muskoka will help people pass away with dignity in their home community
  • Hopefully in the plans, there will be space in Andys House for people who are discharged from the hospital and are going home to an empty residence.? The Hospice hopes to have 1 or 2 rooms that could be used for up to 48 hours a stay of this nature

Where is it located & why:

  • The property is located right in the heart of Port Carling
  • The 3 projects will have the benefit of municipal water & sewer
  • Steps away from Foodland, Subway, Tim Hortons, as well as all the other amenities of Port Carling

What are the common areas and/or services that will be used by all 3 main components?

  • The seniors residence will have a Community Room w/ kitchen to be available to the residents, as well as the outside community will have an opportunity to rent the Room.?? They are also hoping to have a Fitness Room.
  • All 3 components will have access to a park like setting with future walkways & boardwalk and a gazebo overlooking the Indian River.
  • There is a Municipal public dock that people can come by boat to any of the 3 components.


A Port Carling property donated by Brock and Willa Napier will house the Brock and Willa Wellness Centre.? Planning and fundraising are well underway for this innovative community hub that is intended to house a future Port Carling nursing station, a seniors residence, on behalf of the Port Carling Lions Club, and Andys Place, a palliative care facility through partnership of the Andy Potts Memorial Fund and Hospice Muskoka.

This entry was posted on May 21, 2016 by Jim and Iris

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