Province announced 13 new Ontario Health Teams, including one dedicated to Clearview, Collingwood and area

New health teams build on initiative started pre-pandemic to revamp Ontario's health delivery

The province has announced a baker’s dozen of new health teams to revamp existing health services in spots. This includes Collingwood and area.

Last year, the Ontario Goverment began a revision of the health services delivery system in the province, opting to create new health teams to support the various regions throughout. While several new teams were announced before the end of 2019, the process was put on hold while officials tackled the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, Premier Doug Ford announced 13 new Ontario health teams to provide better, connected care to patients. Among those 13 is the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team and would cover Collingwood, Wasaga Beach, Clearview, and The Blue Mountains. The last new Ontario Health Team announced in Simcoe or Muskoka was in July of last year, and included Orillia.

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These 13 teams are being created through a $2.4 million commitment from Queen’s Park. “Today’s investment will not only help our province respond more effectively to the current global pandemic, but it will also help us end hallway healthcare and build a better, patient-focused health care system for the future,” said Premier Ford. “While these new teams will provide better support for more Ontarians, we won’t stop until every person and every community in Ontario has access to this new improved model of care.”

It is expected these health teams will ease the transition from one provider to another such as from a hospital to long-term care facility. As Ontario Health Teams are established, patients are also expected to have access to 24/7 care coordination services. This includes expanded virtual care.

Today’s addition of 13 Ontario health teams brings the province’s total to 42 teams.