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Ontario Government providing Sudbury area residents with more access to a family doctor

Over $900,000 to support expansion of City of Lakes Family Health Team

More residents in the City of Greater Sudbury will now have access to primary healthcare thanks to the expansion of the City of Lakes Family Health Team into the community of Chelmsford. A Family Health Team is an interdisciplinary group of healthcare providers including family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, dietitians and pharmacists.

Ontario is providing the COLFHT with capital funding of $447,911 for leasehold improvements to support a new clinic in Chelmsford. The government has also increased annual base funding for the Family Health Team by $408,894 plus is providing one-time funding of $72,330 to help open the latest location.

The new site will house four family physicians. Three physicians have already committed to establishing a practice at the Chelmsford clinic with a fourth physician expected to join the clinic in the near future.

Chelmsford and the surrounding areas of Onaping, Levack, Dowling and Azilda have been identified as underserviced areas and it is estimated that this clinic will provide care to upwards of 5-thousand new patients.

The Family Health Team currently has 3 sites operating in Sudbury, Val Caron and Walden and is home to 14 family physicians, as well as 11 allied healthcare professionals, which provide care to over 18-thousand patients.

 QUOTES

“I’m thrilled that the City of Lakes Family team is expanding into Chelmsford.  This means that thousands more people in that community and across the City of Greater Sudbury will have quick access to a family doctor.  This is all part of our government’s goal to improve the quality of health care and put patients first.” -Glenn Thibeault, MPP for Sudbury

“This is welcome news for thousands of people in Greater Sudbury who are looking for a family physician.  Given the current economic climate, the province’s decision to support the expansion of our team to the Chelmsford area demonstrates their strong commitment to making primary care accessible to citizens throughout the city.” -David Courtemanche, Executive Director of the COLFHT

“The City of Greater Sudbury has been a proud partner in the development of this project, along with the City of Lakes Family Health Team and the Province of Ontario. I want to thank Glenn Thibeault, and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for their continued partnership and for their investment in our City. With the completion of this site, all 4 sites of the City of Lakes Family Health Team which were originally proposed in 2005 will finally be operational, providing much needed service to citizens across the community.” -Brian Bigger, Mayor of City of Greater Sudbury

 BACKGROUND

 

  • There are currently 7,400 patients looking for a family health care provider registered with Ontario Health Care Connect in the City of Greater Sudbury,
  • Statistics Canada reports that only 82% of Sudburians report having regular access to a family physician (Health Indicator Profile, Statistics Canada, 2013-14)
  • Approximately 30 % of practicing physicians in the Sudbury area are at or near retirement age per data from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • Since becoming operational in 2008, the Ministry has invested $14.8 million dollars in operational funding to the support the FHT.  The Ministry has also invested $1.1 million in capital and leasehold costs to establish the three service sites

 

 

For more information contact Brian Band, Director of Communications, Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault, (705) 675-1914 or bband@liberal.ola.org

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