Grey Bruce Health Providers from multiple sectors have confirmed their intention to create an Ontario Health Team, and a Working Group has been formed to pursue this goal.
Co-chair of the local Ontario Health Team Working Group Dana Howes believes Grey Bruce is well positioned to pursue an application to become an Ontario Health Care Team.
Given the many integration activities already underway in the region, Howes believes a Grey Bruce Ontario Health Team makes good sense.
Over the summer months, this Working Group will put together a Readiness Assessment that will be submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care this Fall.
Howes says this Readiness Assessment will identify to the Ministry that the health care providers of Grey Bruce are working together on the formation of an Ontario Health Team.
Once the Ministry reviews the local readiness assessment, Howes says the next step will be to make application to create an Ontario Health Team.
In the meantime, Howes says the Working Group will continue to meet and strategize on new ways to streamlines services to ensure patients receive the best possible care.
Howes notes, that for year health care partners have worked closely with this very same goal in mind.
She says an Ontario Health Team would provide a more formalized integrated collaborative effort.
Under the Ontario Health Team, the health care providers (including physicians, home and community care providers and hospitals) will work as one coordinated team - no matter where they provide care.
The Working Group is being Co-chaired by Hanover and District Hospital CEO Dana Howes and Kincardine Family Health Team CEO Gerry Glover.