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Since July 1st 2018, the Sudbury East Community Health Centre and French River Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic have been an integrated primary care and community health agency, offering care across all 4 points of service in the communities of Alban, Noëlville, St.-Charles and Warren, as well as a physiotherapy center in Noëlville.
Following work with rebranding specialists, staff and community consultation (survey) as well as feedback from our client advisory committee, the Board of Directors of the Sudbury East Community Health Centre and French River Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic are asking the community for their input once more in regards to a new name for our integrated agency.
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Integration of Local Health Care Agencies Approved for Increased Access to Primary Care for Residents in Sudbury East
August 29, 2018 — Olga and Gabriel Beaulieu moved to Alban in 2013. During a medical incident, they became patients of the French River Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic (FRNPLC). They were seen immediately by a nurse practitioner and say the timely access to primary care and referral to specialist care saved Gabriel’s life.
In addition to primary care services, the Beaulieus have accessed the Sudbury East Community Health Centre’s (SECHC) physiotherapist located in Noëlville, as well as laboratory services offered at the FRNPLC. “Without services like the laboratory services available locally, we would not be able to make all the trips to Sudbury in order to keep up with what is necessary for our care,” said Mrs. Beaulieu.
As of July 1st, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has transferred funding for, and responsibility of, the NPLC to the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN), from which the SECHC receives its funding. This integration will help to ensure quality primary health care is more accessible to the Beaulieus and other people in Sudbury East.
“We know that residents in rural communities sometimes experience challenges in accessing health care services,” said Ron Farrell, North East LHIN Board Chair. “Fortunately, Sudbury East has health care leaders who know how to maximize their resources to improve access for patients to quality primary care, as well as better coordination of other health services. The integration of the French River Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic and Sudbury East Community Health Centre is a product of this spirit of collaboration.”
The Alban site (formerly FRNPLC) continues to offer its regular programs and services. Enhanced access to other programs, including dietician is now also available to patients in Alban.
The Sudbury East CHC continues to operate its other sites in Noëlville, St-Charles, and Warren – as well as an additional site in Noëlville dedicated to physiotherapy.
As the two local health care providers in the area, we have always worked collaboratively. We have now moved ahead with integrating our teams and service models – and are in the process of upgrading to the same Electronic Medical Record (EMR), which should be complete by September 2018. The integration will further support the four points of access for patients to receive a full complement of primary care services and health programming. We are now a single primary care provider for people in the area, regardless of the municipality in which they live.
“By integrating our primary care organizations, we are creating efficiencies that will lead to more health services for the residents of Sudbury East. More than ever, we are getting closer to our goal to deliver health services to every resident of Sudbury East.” — Michel Mayer, Executive Director, Sudbury East Community Health Centre
“Integrating the French River Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic and the Sudbury East Community Health Centre will improve access to much needed primary care services in the area. The intent and focus of this integration has been on coordinating and improving services for people living in the area. As one organization we will continue to look at opportunities that will enhance the services we currently provide across all four sites.” — Nicolle Plante-Dupuis, Program Director, SECHC [Former Executive Director, French River NPLC].
The integration has begun and will continue to take place over the next 12-18 months.
- The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has transferred base funding to the North East LHIN to support the transfer of operational oversight of the ministry-managed French River NPLC to the LHIN-managed Sudbury East CHC.
- The transfer shows commitment to ensuring health equity for all people in Ontario, by focusing on patients who may have barriers to accessing comprehensive primary care services.
- In the 2017 Budget, the province made a commitment of $15.5 million for 2017-18 and an additional 27.8 million in 2018-19 to create and expand interprofessional primary care teams (Family Health Teams, Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics, Community Health Centres) focusing on areas with the greatest needs.
- Ontario has also committed $329.2 million over five years to recruit and retain interprofessional primary care professionals.
- There are currently 294 interprofessional care teams across Ontario delivering care to more than four million people.
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The French River Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic is located in the village of Alban, part of the Municipality of French River in the Sudbury East area. The Clinic provides primary health care services in both, English and French. Our mission is to maintain and improve the health of the people in the local community by providing health promotion programs, disease prevention strategies and increased and timely access to primary health care services.
Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics in Ontario are a new healthcare delivery model funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Nurse practitioners are the primary care providers of the Clinic’s interdisciplinary healthcare team which includes two collaborative Physicians, Registered Nurses, a Social Worker, a Health Promoter and a Chiropractor.
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