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Vaughan, surrounding area gets new Ontario Health Team

Team will focus on caring for medically, socially complex older adults with cognitive, physical, functional limitations
July 25, 2002
Dina Al-Shibeeb

The provincial government announced new Ontario Health Team serving Vaughan, King, Thornhill, Richmond Hill and surrounding communities July 23 to bolster the ongoing fight against COVID-19 and as part of the province’s plan to end hallway health care.

The Western York Region Ontario Health Team is one of five new teams being established across the province.

"Over the past several months, Ontario Health Teams have demonstrated remarkable responsiveness to the COVID-19 outbreak by simplifying the purchase of personal protective equipment, supporting the staffing of long-term care homes and assessment centers and expanding virtual care options," Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott said.

"They’ve done so by breaking down long-standing barriers to better connect care, both in support of patients and our brave front-line heroes."

According to a news release from the province, through these teams, patients will experience easier transitions from one provider to another, including, for example, between hospitals and home care providers, with one patient story, one patient record and one care plan. Patients and families will also have access to 24-7 navigation and care co-ordination services.

In its first phase, the Western York Region Ontario Health Team will focus on caring for medically and socially complex older adults with cognitive, physical and functional limitations.

"I want to extend my heartfelt congratulations and gratitude to the Western York Region Ontario Health Team for their hard work, and their commitment to providing high-quality integrated patient-centred care," Vaughan-Woodbridge MPP Michael Tibollo said.

Vaughan-Woodbridge MPP Michael Tibollo says, “We are proud to announce that our government has reached another major milestone in the development of Ontario Health Teams."