Groves Memorial Community Hospital and North Wellington Health Care Join the Guelph Wellington Ontario Health Team

June 28, 2021…Groves Memorial Community Hospital (GMCH) and North Wellington Health Care (NWHC) have officially joined the Guelph and Area Ontario Health Team which will now be known as the Guelph Wellington Ontario Health Team (OHT).

Ontario Health Teams are being developed across the province to provide a way of organizing and delivering care that is more connected to patients in their local communities. Under Ontario Health Teams, health care providers (including hospitals, doctors and home and community care providers) work as one coordinated team – no matter where they provide care.

“Working together with our local partners will build a better healthcare experience for patients,” explains Jackie Ranahan, Past Board Chair of GMCH. “Our team will work together to share information and coordinate with one another to make it easier for patients to receive the care they need from a single, coordinated team of providers.”

While OHTs are working together, community members can be assured their existing health services will remain available and accessible.

Rob Mungham and Susan Honeyman are Patient Advisors working with the OHT to co-design the improved healthcare services. “As patient Advisors for the Guelph Wellington Ontario Health Team we are encouraged, and support the efforts to have a truly patient-centered healthcare system. We are very excited with the work completed to date and welcome our Wellington partners to the table. This will provide for better population health for our region.”

Direct Core Partners of the Guelph-Wellington Ontario Health Team (OHT) include:

Primary Care:
• East Wellington Family Health Team
• Guelph Family Health Team
• Guelph Community Health Centre
Hospitals:
• Guelph General Hospital
• Groves Memorial Community Hospital
• North Wellington Health Care -Louise Marshall Hospital & Palmerston & District Hospital
Mental Health and Addictions:
• Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo-Wellington
Long-term Care Home:
• St. Joseph’s Health Centre Guelph
• The Elliott Community
Community Services:
• Traverse Independence
Home Care:
• Home and Community Support Services Waterloo Wellington
Palliative Care:
• Hospice Wellington

Other partners include:

Guelph Wellington Paramedic Services 
Homewood Health Centre
Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health 
Guelph & Area Physician Association
eHealth Centre of Excellence
University of Guelph

Initial planning efforts for the Guelph Wellington OHT will focus on the palliative, mental health and addictions populations and enhancing patient care coordination within primary care teams. For further information about the Guelph Wellington OHT please visit https://guelphwellingtonoht.com/

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