WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER
While the COVID-19 pandemic delayed some of the original goals of Ontario Health
Teams (OHT), it strengthened the relationships between members of the Oxford and
When the pandemic arrived in Ontario, the Oxford and Area OHT pivoted to form
an “Oxford COVID Response Team” to identify potential risks to the community and
overcome them together.
Early on in the pandemic, we recognized Oxford County needed a central hub for
receiving community and provincial supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE).
Oxford County Paramedic Services, the Oxford County Community Health Centre and
the Ingersoll Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic helped to facilitate one drop-off location at
Oxford County EMS on Mill Steet. This allows for a coordinated distribution of supplies
to community agencies.
It’s official! The Ministry of Health has approved our full application and we are now designated as the Oxford and Area Ontario Health Team (OHT). This means that our team is now able to proceed with the implementation of year-one initiatives.
What are the year-one initiatives?
We will be focusing on improving care for three priority populations. They are:
• People with multiple chronic conditions.
• People with palliative care needs.
• People experiencing challenges related to mental health and addictions.
The Oxford and Area OHT will focus our efforts in these three areas, before
expanding this care model to our entire region.
Issued: November 19, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
What This Announcement Means for Patients in the Region
The Oxford and Area Ontario Health Team (OHT) is pleased to be among the Ministry of Health’s latest cohort of approved OHTs. This approval means that the Oxford and Area OHT can now proceed with the implementation of year-one initiatives.
The Ontario government is establishing Ontario Health Teams across the province, to deliver integrated care. The Oxford and Area OHT brings together over 30 health care organizations across all sectors of care to collaborate as one team.
“The development of the OAAOHT has led to unprecedented collaboration between doctors, nurses, hospitals and community health care providers,” said Dr. Ian Hons, Physician/Hospitalist at Woodstock Hospital. “I am excited to be participating in this process, which I believe will improve the delivery of health care in our region.”
Patients in the Oxford region will continue to access their care providers as they always have. What patients should notice over time, is that care providers are working together to provide them with more coordinated care.
“I am so excited that the Oxford and Area OHT has been approved,” said Heather Wilson-Boast, Patient and Family Advisor with the Oxford and Area OHT. “We can expect a more direct, collaborative and coordinated approach for patients and families when navigating a full continuum of care.”
The goal is to provide patients with 24/7 care navigation, a single number to call with any questions or concerns, and access to their health information so that they can play a more informed role in their care. Because healthcare providers are working together as a team, the patient’s story, chart and care plan will follow them throughout their healthcare journey, and they won’t have to continually retell their story each time they meet a new provider.
The Oxford and Area OHT will be focusing on three priority populations in the first year of development. They are:
- People with multiple chronic conditions
- People with palliative care needs
- People experiencing challenges related to mental health and addictions
These priority populations were selected based on data reviewed, that demonstrated a need to better integrate care for an aging population and those navigating mental health supports. The Oxford and Area OHT will focus our efforts in these three areas, before expanding this care model to our entire region.
Looking ahead, the Oxford and Area OHT will be increasing public engagement, and continue to seek feedback and input from patients, families and caregivers, as each of these audiences provide a critical perspective on redesigning care towards an integrated approach.
To learn more about the Oxford and Area OHT and stay informed throughout this process, we encourage the public to subscribe to our mailing list by visiting www.oxfordandareaoht.com.
For more information contact:
President & CEO
519-421-4211 ext. 4239
President & CEO
Alexandra Hospital Ingersoll & Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital
519-842-3611 ext. 5301
We are the proposed Oxford and Area Ontario Health Team (OHT). The
Ontario government is establishing Ontario Health Teams across the
province to build a connected health care system centred around patients,
families and caregivers.
OHTs bring together primary care providers, hospitals, community and home
care providers to collaborate and deliver integrated care. This connected
team will make it easier for patients to navigate the health care system, and
receive the right care in the right setting.
While the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has overshadowed some
of this work, it has also underscored the need for OHTs. The partnerships
formed through OHTs will enhance our ability to rapidly and effectively
respond to COVID-19.
In February 2019, the provincial government introduced The People’s Health Care Act, 2019. This act supports the establishment of local Ontario Health Teams to connect and integrate the full continuum of care; health care providers and services for patients and families. Amid this province-wide integration initiative, Oxford County and area will be taking steps to create an Ontario Health Team.
The purpose of this newsletter is to inform and engage Oxford and area providers we embark on the journey to create the Oxford Ontario Health Team. Continue Reading Newsletter Volume #1