Barrie-Area Health Team Jumping Hurdles

New Healthcare Organization Proposed As Province Shakes Up Healthcare System

Barrie-area health professionals are getting ahead of provincial changes to the healthcare system, by applying to become an Ontario Health Team (OHT).

An organization co-led by the Barrie Family Health Organization and Royal Victoria Hospital submitted an application to the Ministry of Health today, to become an OHT. The application was signed by 19 partners including physicians, community health centres, hospices, and municipalities.

“The Barrie-area OHT partners have a long track record of working together to deliver patient-centred care and seamless transitions of care,” says Dr. Chris Tebbutt, BAOHT co-chair and RVH vice president Academic and Medical Affairs. “But we need to do better. Our focus is on improving the links between our services to make it easier for patients to get exceptional healthcare care whenever and wherever they need it.”

Related: Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit To Disband

This application comes following an announcement from the province in the spring, of sweeping changes to the healthcare system across Ontario. It includes the disbanding of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. Under the proposed OHT, people would still access healthcare as usual, while the OHT would coordinate care beyond that. Almost 200,000 people would fall under its umbrella, in Barrie, Innsfil, Springwater, Oro Medonte, and Essa Township.