Napanee funds new Health Home for more connected care

Mayor Terry Richardson (seated), with Dr. Tom Touzel, Dr. Kim Morrison, and Jordan Beattie, Director of Regional Services and Partnerships at Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC). Submitted photo.

The Town of Greater Napanee has entered into a gifting agreement with Kingston Community Health Centres (KCHC) to provide funding of $313,476 annually for two years. The funding will support KCHC as it assumes operational and governance responsibilities for the Greater Napanee Health Home.

According to a release from the Town, the Greater Napanee Health Home will provide more connected care and help provide easier access to the care that people need. It will be a “home base” for all the health-care services needed for someone to achieve their best health, the municipality relayed.

“Family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other allied health professionals will work collaboratively as a team to meet the health and wellness needs of our community,” the Town stated. “Healthcare professionals can work to the top of their scope of practice, improving capacity and access to primary care. Patients will be attached to the team as a whole and be able to access the right care at the right time by the right person.”

Providing funding to KCHC will allow the Greater Napanee Health Home to have administrative functions performed by individuals with specialized training, the Town said. According to the release, this will allow health-care providers at the Greater Napanee Health Home to enhance overall efficiency and focus on delivering excellent care.

The Greater Napanee Health Home is part of the Frontenac, Lennox and Addington Ontario Health Team (FLA OHT). The Town said that FLA OHT is working to ensure every single person in the region has access to the care they need to achieve their best health. Find out more about the FLA OHT on their website at https://flaoht.ca/.

Greater Napanee has a population of 16,000. According to the release, it is estimated that over 5,000 residents (close to 31 per cent) are not rostered to a family physician or nurse practitioner. Lack of access to family medicine puts people at a greater risk of having diseases such as cancer that go much longer without being diagnosed or treated. The objective of this partnership is to increase the opportunity to access family medicine for all community members, the Town said.

“This agreement will also act as an incentive for new family physicians and nurse practitioners to open a practice in Greater Napanee without having to take on administrative functions that take time away from providing patient care. This innovative approach replaces the Town’s Physician Recruitment program and
contributes to the overall efficiency of the health-care model,” the Town of Greater Napanee said in the release.

Residents without a primary care provider are encouraged to register through Health Care Connect by phone at 1-800-445-1822 or online. According to the release, once registered on Health Care Connect, residents will be added to their local waitlist for a primary care provider. A nurse – the Care Connecter – will be assigned to help find a primary care provider based on each person’s situation.

More information on the Greater Napanee Health Home will become available in the coming weeks. Kingstonist will continue to follow this story.

One thought on “Napanee funds new Health Home for more connected care

  • This is a tremendous and landmark initiative in Ontario!
    Congratulations to those who have come together to execute this resource for the community??????

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