The Board is proud to announce that the Morton Community Healthcare Centre is now the Morton Medical Centre. Earlier this year, the Board’s Public Relations committee suggested that the centre’s name, tagline, and logo were confusing to some and inconsistently used in communications. A process was established that created a new name, tag line, and logo.
The Centre’s new tagline reminds us of the effort that created it: Proudly Community Built. Its new logo reflects the facility’s roofline. The new name, tagline, and logo will now be consistently seen on our sign, website, brochures, advertisements, website, and letterhead. The need for a community medical centre was realized in 2003 when doctors were leaving Lakefield to become hospitalists. A small group of engaged citizens realized that Lakefield would be unable to attract new doctors without a state-of-the-art medical facility.
A Foundation was formed, and fundraising began. While local and provincial governments contributed to the $4.4 million raised, over 80% of the funds came from generous community members and businesses. Land was donated, an architect hired, and construction began.
In 2009, the Morton Community Healthcare Centre opened as a not-for-profit corporation, operating under the direction of a volunteer Board of Directors. Today, the facility is home to a team of eight family physicians who are members of the Chemong Family Health Organization, the Peterborough Family Health Team (PFHT) Nurse Practitioner Clinic, the Lakefield Physiotherapy and Foot Healthcare Clinic and a blood-testing lab.
Over 10,000 people from Selwyn, Douro-Dummer, and North Kawartha Townships are now receiving care from health service providers at the facility at 150 Strickland Street. Facility expenses are covered through income derived largely from office rentals and parking. The Morton Medical Centre will continue to offer excellent medical services to our community. You can find us at: www.mmclakefield.ca