Newsletter Volume #1

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.

A coordinated experience for patients

Ontario Health Teams are all about integrated and coordinated health care for patients, families and caregivers.

Patients will be able to easily access and navigate health care in their community.

What is an Ontario Health Team?

Ontario Health Teams (OHTs) are groups of health providers and organizations that are clinically and fiscally accountable for delivering a full and coordinated continuum of care to a defined geographical population from birth to death.

Eventually, Ontario Health Teams will include all of the following health services:
• hospital services
• doctors and nurse practitioners
• mental health and addiction services
• home care services
• community support services
• long-term care home services
• palliative care services
• other prescribed services

Team Development

The development of the Oxford Ontario Health Team is led by a Coordinating Committee, which includes the following representation:

• Alexandra Hospital/Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital
• Woodstock Hospital
• Oxford County Community Health Centre
• Ingersoll Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic
• Family Physicians
• Thames Valley Family Health Team
• South West Hospice Palliative Care Network
• Oxford County Paramedic Services
• Woodingford Lodge
• South West Local Health Integration Network
• Addiction Services Thames Valley
• Indwell
• Alzheimer Society of Oxford
• CBI Home Health
• SE Health
• CarePartners
• Canadian Mental Health Association Oxford Branch
• peopleCare Communities
• Wellkin
• Victorian Order of Nurses/Community Support Services
• Oxford County Human Services
• Southwestern Public Health

What does this mean for patients?

Patients will continue to access care from their existing care providers.

As more Ontario Health Teams are created, patients will be provided with further information about the benefits of this model.

Patients can be confident that they can continue to contact their health care providers, as they always have, to access the health care they need.