Orillia was among the communities that saw the unveiling of a new health delivery model today.
Called the Couchiching Ontario Health Team, the new service delivery model is said to be patient-centric, streamlining the way healthcare is provided to the residents within the Team’s catchment area.
“This is an exciting time for health care in Ontario as we finally break down the long-standing barriers that have prevented care providers from working directly with each other to support patients throughout their health care journey,” said Health Minister Christine Elliott. “Together with our health care partners, the Couchiching Ontario Health Team will play an essential role in delivering on our commitment to end hallway health care and building a connected and sustainable public health care system centred around the needs of patients.”
The Couchiching Ontario Health Team is focused on meeting the needs of its local community, with a focus on seniors who have complex health care needs, while organizing and delivering care with the support of more than 20 community agencies and health care providers, including hospitals, doctors and home and community care providers.
A similar model was unveiled in Muskoka Friday morning, said to be among the 24 Ontario Health Teams that will be rolled out across the province. Services from these new organizations is expected to begin in early 2020.