Health Care Partners Submit Full Application

October 15, 2019

A group of health care partners from Muskoka and Area have come together to submit an application for consideration by the Ministry of Health.

A dedicated group of health care partners from Muskoka and Area have come together to submit an application for consideration by the Ministry of Health, in response to the Provincial Government’s invitation to become one of the province’s first Ontario Health Teams. This follows the hard work that has been completed to submit an initial self-assessment, which was approved. Muskoka and Area is one of just 31 initial groups selected to proceed to full application.

A Steering Committee, brought together by Dr. David Mathies, has been working together over the past several months on a substantial planning submission to the Province. The Steering Committee is comprised of a group of individuals and organizations, many of whom were involved in the Muskoka and Area Health System Transformation (MAHST) project that was initiated in the fall of 2016. This has been a continuation of that grassroots planning process that engaged patients, health care providers, social service and community stakeholders in the development of a vision and recommendations for implementation of local health system transformation.

By integrating and organizing to deliver services locally under a collaborative partnership model, the Muskoka and Area OHT will provide seamless care for patients, families and caregivers.

The Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team will be committed to a vibrant and responsive local health care system, anchored in primary care and developed uniquely to meet the needs of local patients, families and caregivers. Through integration and collaboration, it will endeavour to share accountability, leverage innovation, embrace technology and relentlessly strive to be better. Working together as partners, the Muskoka and Area Ontario Health Team will build a quality-focused, equity-driven, outcomes-based, sustainable, health care system that will improve the well-being of all.

The Muskoka and Area OHT Steering Committee brings together a full spectrum of health and community organizations, including:

  • Cottage Country Family Health Team
  • Algonquin Family Health Team
  • Family Physicians in Gravenhurst, Bracebridge and Huntsville
  • North Muskoka Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic
  • Hands The Family Help Network
  • Closing the Gap Health Care
  • North Simcoe Muskoka Home and Community Care
  • CarePartners Muskoka
  • North East Home and Community Care
  • Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare
  • MAHC Medical Staff
  • Muskoka Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services
  • District of Muskoka (Paramedics, Health Links, The Pines Long-Term Care)
  • Alzheimer’s Society of Muskoka

Other supporters and collaborators include: VON Day Program, Muskoka Seniors, Community Living Huntsville, One Kid’s Place, Simcoe District Health Unit, Midwives of Muskoka, Paramed, local and neighbouring clinical professionals and many more.

Next Steps

With patient, family and caregiver advisors entrenched at the Steering Committee and Working Groups, the team will continue to plan to advance integrated care in Muskoka and Area. The team of partners will continue to build on new and existing linkages and gain information about patient and provider experience to improve health care system quality and efficiency. We anticipate a community visit from the Ministry of Health to assess in-person our full application. We are hoping to hear about the status of our submission soon thereafter. Knowing that the model will continue to evolve over time based on learnings from others and community engagement activities, the drive and desire to coordinate care, expand access and create seamless transitions in the local health care system, will remain the ultimate goal.

Contact: Janine van den Heuvel Executive Director, Algonquin Family Health Team