The Sun Times article published December 15, 2020
By the Sun Times
The application for the Grey-Bruce Ontario Health Team has been submitted to the Ministry of Health.
The application, submitted by the health team planning committee, is supported by signatures from 20 health service provider boards and organizations across Grey-Bruce, according to a news release issued Friday.
The health teams are being established across the province to bring more co-ordination among local health-care providers, including hospitals, doctors, and home and community care providers. Under the new model, health-care providers will work as one co-ordinated team to make it easier for patients and those in the community to navigate the system and transition between health-care providers, it said in the news release.
According to the ministry website, more than 40 health teams are now operating in the province.
In July, the Ministry of Health granted approval to the Grey-Bruce OHT to submit its full application to become an OHT. In early November the planning committee announced it had hired Jennifer Kehoe as its transformation lead.
The partners involved with the Grey-Bruce team cover a broad scope of services, including primary and acute care, rehabilitation, complex continuing care, mental health, long-term care and support services.
They include hospital corporations, family health teams, mental health and addiction services, Grey County’s long-term care homes, home and community support services, and home care through the South West Local Health Integration Network. Other involved in supporting and collaborating with the team include public health and local EMS services.
The local team has identified its first-year objectives as mental health and addictions and the transition in care for frail seniors.