Calandra announces Health Team to Provide Better Connected Care for Patients in York/Durham

Today, Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham-Stouffville, was at the Cornell Community Centre to announce the new Eastern York Region North Durham Ontario Health Team.

The York/Durham team is one of the first 24 teams in the province to implement a new model of organizing and delivering health care that will better connect patients and providers in their communities to improve patient outcomes.

“Ontario is delivering on its commitment to end hallway health care and build a connected and sustainable health care system centred around the needs of patients,” Calandra says. “The province is introducing Ontario Health Teams, a new model of care that brings together health care providers to work as one team.”

Calandra was joined by MPPs Billy Pang and Logan Kanapathi at the announcement with Jo-anne Marr, President and CEO at Markham Stouffville Hospital and Dr. Dennis Wong.

The Eastern York Region North Durham Ontario Health Team will create a local health care system that provides coordinated care for patients, reduces wait times, and leads to better health outcomes for patients. The team will focus on the development of integrated services within the Markham, Stouffville, Thornhill, Uxbridge and Brock communities.

Goals of the new Health Team system include making every point of contact will safe, humane, and person-centred, embedded in trusting relationships between clients and providers and among providers. Year One priority populations are clients with mental health challenges and addictions; people living with dementia; and caregivers of people living with dementia.

Through Health Teams like the one announced December 6, patients will experience easier transitions from one provider to another, including, for example, between hospitals and home care providers, with one patient story, one patient record and one care plan.

"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 Minister of Health Christine Elliott has noted.

"We are thrilled to be moving forward with the development of the Eastern York Region North Durham Ontario Health Team. We will continue to build on the long-standing relationships rooted in innovation and collaboration with our community service partners and local primary care physicians," said Jo-anne Marr, President and CEO at Markham Stouffville Hospital. "Spanning across two geographic regions, our partners are uniquely positioned and are committed to working with caregivers and people with lived experience to ensure the right connections are made so they can move through the system and access the care they need."

"This is very exciting news for the community," said Dr. Dennis Wong, Family Physician in Markham. "I look forward to continuing to work with the Eastern York Region North Durham Ontario Health Team primary care providers, community partners, patients and caregivers. Working together we hope to better equip local physicians with the right resources so they can manage their patients' care right here in the community."

The Eastern York Region North Durham Ontario Health Team will begin implementing some of their proposed programs and services in 2020 and will communicate with patients and families about the changes and improvements they can expect in their community.

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