Regional New Couchiching Family Health Team Announced News Centre

Henrietta Strickland
December 9, 2019

Health Minister Christine Elliott says it's an exciting time for health care in the province.

The Ontario government is touting the ongoing collaboration of more than 60 health-care providers in Huron and Perth counties as a model in organization and delivery for other health teams in the province to follow. A focused group of patients will receive these services through their integrated primary care teams and the broader Ontario Health Team partners.

Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson speaks about the new Huron Perth and Area Ontario Health Team and what it means for health care across the province at the Mitchell Golf Club Friday afternoon.

"We know that when people get sick and need health care, the current system is comprised of many silos, making it hard for people to access care and navigate the transitions along the continuum of care", the Ottawa Health Team wrote in its submission to the province.

Who: The event is organized by the Ottawa Health Coalition and the Ontario Health Coalition with a local organizing committee including dozens of local organizations and community groups.

Thompson and Pettapiece say the Huron Perth and Area Ontario Health Team's vision is a sustainable people-driven system that strives to provide a positive experience for all.

The government originally said there could be up to 50 such teams around Ontario. But after receiving 150 applications from potential teams, Elliott conceded that there might eventually be more.

The Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team will begin implementing some of their proposed programs and services in 2020 and will continue communicate with patients and families about the changes and improvements they can expect in their community.

"The shared goal and commitment that has moved us to this point of readiness is what makes Muskoka and Area great".

The services that will be provided are not just physical, mental health professionals will also be available.

"Together, we've reached a major milestone in the journey to connect care and modernize the health care system", Thompson said.

"I understand the importance of families having an advocate and committed caregiver for their loved one". I'm a patient partner with Canadian Donation Transplant Research Program and Health Standards Organization and have also advised as a patient for Health Quality Ontario & Clinical Trials Ontario.

Prevention and health promotion: keeping patients as healthy as possible in their communities and out of hospitals. She emphasized that the money is not the focus -its giving patients faster service than they would have received before.

Her colleague agreed: "Our local health care providers are leaders in the province and are continuously examining ways to improve patient care". Many health teams are led by hospitals, which are the biggest players.

Building capacity: build new hospital and long-term care beds while increasing community-based services across Ontario.

"Today is a significant day for the future of health care right here in Halton and a significant day for the future of health care across Ontario".

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