Muskoka And Area Team Announced As One Of First 24 Ontario Health Teams

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Norm Miller at the announcement for the Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team on Dec. 6. Photo by Matt Sitler, Country 102

The Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team (OHT) has been revealed as one of the first 24 teams in the province, according to an announcement made by Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller at the Muskoka Paramedics Services Head Office today.

Miller made the announcement on behalf of Christine Elliott, deputy premier and minister of health. OHTs are part of the new health care delivery system known as Ontario Health, which was announced in February as a replacement for Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). Miller and local health officials discussed the local OHT’s plans to build a healthcare system that is “uniquely Muskoka.” The Muskoka and Area OHT will begin implementing some of their proposed programs and services in 2020. For their first year of operation, the team will focus on adults over 65 who are experiencing transitions in the healthcare system and are receiving care from two or more providers. 

“I would like to thank all the health care providers and organizations that helped plan the Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team,” Miller said. “There is lots of work to be done, but with their dedication and hard work, we will continue to improve health care in our communities and ensure Ontarians get the care they deserve.”

Irene Wright, a patient family caregiver partner working with the OHT, said she understands the importance of having an advocate and committed caregiver for loved ones after witnessing her father-in-law receive crisis care in her home as arrangements were made for long-term care. 

“I was able to experience at close range, the expertise, dedication and compassionate support of health care providers, and also recognized gaps in the system,” Wright said. “I am very excited to be a part of such an essential initiative that is focused on delivering high quality, coordinated and integrated health care.” 

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