HPE gets one of eight new healthcare teams
A new health team arrives in Hastings and Prince Edward counties.
Health Minister Christine Elliot was in Tweed on Friday afternoon to announce eight new Ontario Health teams, including the Hastings Prince Edward Ontario Health Team.
Elliot says the province is providing roughly $ 1.1 million to each team.
Ontario Health Teams include providers and organizations from all sectors of the health and community, including primary care, hospitals, home and community care, mental health and addictions services, long-term care and many more.
âIn its first year, the Hastings Prince Edward Ontario Health team will focus on improving care for people with mental health and addiction issues as well as those requiring support at home and in the community. community. The team also set up a Patient Partnership Action Team to guide them and ensure they stay patient-focused. “
Elliot says the health team model removes long-standing barriers and allows providers to provide faster, more coordinated care, which has only been highlighted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
âThroughout the pandemic, the province’s 42 Ontario Health teams set up assessment centers, launched virtual care initiatives and deployed vaccines, often bringing them directly to people. The Ontario Health Team model has proven how a collaborative team can help each other when needed while keeping the patient at the center of care.
Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith says one of the concerns he hears most often from voters is that they find it difficult to navigate health care and don’t know to whom to turn for certain types of care.
âThese Ontario Health teams are designed to change that by bringing together all those involved in care around the individual needs of a patient. From family members and volunteers to those providing the most acute care in our QHC hospitals, from birth to palliative care and from the southern shores of Prince Edward County to the North Hastings Highlands. It is truly an innovative model.
The local health team is made up of more than 20 agencies.
With the addition of the eight new teams, the province now has a total of 50 Ontario Health Teams, covering 92 percent of the province’s mature population.