Northern York South Simcoe Ontario Health Team receives support for Interprofessional Primary Care Team

On February 1, 2024, the Ontario government announced an investment of $110 million to help connect more than 300,000 people to primary care.

The Northern York South Simcoe Ontario Health Team issued the following statement in support of the announcement:

“We are thrilled to receive support for our Interprofessional Primary Care team, which will help improve access to care in our communities. The population served by the Northern York South Simcoe Ontario Health Team has exploded at nearly twice the rate of the provincial average, leaving more than 30,000 residents without access to primary care. Today’s announcement will enhance accessibility, continuity, and quality of care by assembling a dedicated and interprofessional team of healthcare professionals. We thank the Ontario government for this recognition, which will help foster lasting relationships between patients and providers, ultimately contributing to a healthier and more resilient local healthcare system.”

–      Northern York South Simcoe Ontario Health Team

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Southlake Community and South Simcoe Ontario Health Teams join together to connect care in their communities.

The Southlake Community Ontario Health Team and the South Simcoe Ontario Health Team have come together to create the new Northern York South Simcoe Ontario Health Team. Many factors, including increasing access to healthcare services for their communities, the proximity in geographic location, shared populations, and providing high-quality community healthcare were at the forefront of the decision to merge the two Ontario Health Teams (OHT).

The Southlake Community OHT and the South Simcoe OHT both shared an overarching goal of bringing connected care to the communities they serve, ensuring that the unique needs of their populations are met. The Northern York South Simcoe OHT will prioritize improving access to healthcare and reducing gaps in the healthcare system for these communities.

“As the communities we serve grow and change, it is essential that we broaden our horizons to meet our patients’ needs,” said Gayle Seddon, Executive Director, Southlake Community OHT. “In the spirit of collaboration and providing high-quality care, the Northern York South Simcoe OHT is forging a new path of excellence to elevate service offerings in our communities and transform the healthcare landscape.”

The Southlake Community OHT was part of the first cohort of OHTs approved in Ontario and has been operational since 2020. The South Simcoe OHT has been waiting for Ministry approval since 2019.

“As we enter this new chapter, meeting the needs of our population and communities will remain as the driving force in the work we do,” said Jody Levac, President and CEO, Stevenson Memorial Hospital. “We are eager to enter this new era of unity, demonstrating our commitment to collaboration, community care, and quality partnerships.”

The Northern York South Simcoe OHT will focus on shaping the future of collaborative healthcare for the residents of Newmarket, Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Georgina, New Tecumseth (Alliston, Beeton, Tottenham), Cookstown, Essa Township (including Base Borden), Township of Adjala-Tosorontio and the Town of Mono.

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