Province names partners in new Kawartha Lakes Ontario Health Team

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Left to right, Barbara Mildon, CEO, Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes, Laurie Scott, MPP Haliburton- Kawartha Lakes- Brock, and Veronica Nelson, VP and COO, Ross Memorial Hospital.

KAWARTHA LAKES-We now have more information on the approval of a new Ontario Health Team for the City of Kawartha Lakes that we first told you about on Wednesday.

Ontario Health Teams bring together health care providers and organizations to work as one coordinated team to improve patient outcomes.

“This is exciting news for our local health partners and community members,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton- Kawartha Lakes- Brock. “The new Kawartha Lakes Ontario Health Team will focus on preventative health measures and providing more virtual and digital health tools contributing to more patient-focused care and reduced wait times.”

The City of Kawartha Lakes currently has a number of community health teams that have been operating for years.

The lead members of the Kawartha Lakes Ontario Health Team include:

Ross Memorial Hospital (co-lead)
Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes (co-lead) Patient, Client, Family and Caregiver Partners
The Corporation of the City of Kawartha Lakes
City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team
City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Organization Kawartha North Family Health Team

Officials say that through an Ontario Health Team, patients will experience easier transitions from one provider to another, including, for example, between hospitals, home care providers or long-term care homes, with one patient story, one patient record and one care plan. As Ontario Health Teams mature, patients and families will also have access to 24/7 navigation and care coordination services. This includes enabling the further expansion of virtual care for patients through dedicated funding to maintain access to care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While still in its early stages, Ontario Health Teams are already breaking down long-standing barriers to better connect care for both patients and our frontline heroes and have demonstrated remarkable responsiveness to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health.

The strong partnerships and integrated care established by Ontario Health Teams and Ontario Health have helped better position the province to respond quickly and effectively to COVID-19. This includes supporting long-term care homes,

Ontario Health Teams will help maintain hospital capacity by coordinating programs that link hospitals, primary care, home and community care services, long-term care homes, congregate settings, and other services, as well as supporting virtual care, online appointment booking and patients’ digital access to their health information according to Scott. It will also support the participation of patients, families and caregivers in Ontario Health Team’s planning, decision-making and expanding the involvement of primary care and family medicine.

The Ontario government says it is working with its health care partners to establish Ontario Health Teams across the province and ensure everyone is supported by a team.