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Shared Purpose

“We strive to be the healthiest community in Canada. We, as a community, will co-design an innovative and equitable system that anticipates, meets, and exceeds the needs of all our people.”
 
 

Our Anchor Partners

ABOUT US

Shared Purpose

“We strive to be the healthiest community in Canada. We, as a community, will co-design an innovative and equitable system that anticipates, meets, and exceeds the needs of all our people.”

 

Our Anchor Partners

The SGBOHT is comprised of eleven anchor organizations, inclusive of Community Connection, Georgian Bay Family Health Team, Georgian Bay Family Health Organization, Hospice Georgian Triangle, Breaking Down Barriers, Canadian Mental Health Association, South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre, Bay Haven Care Community, Entité 4, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital, and Home and Community Care.

South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team members collaborate with patients, families, caregivers and the community to co-design the best possible care for our region.

Our Supportive  Partners

Ontario Health Teams (OHT)

Ontario Health Teams are being introduced to provide a new way of organizing and delivering care that is more connected to patients in their local communities. Under Ontario Health Teams, health care providers (including hospitals, doctors and home and community care providers) work as one coordinated team – no matter where they provide care.

Providers and organizations eligible to become an Ontario Health Team include, but are not limited to, those that provide:

    • primary care (including inter-professional primary care and physicians)
    • secondary care (e.g., in-patient and ambulatory medical and surgical services (includes specialist services)
    • home care
    • community support services
    • mental health and addictions services
    • health promotion and disease prevention services
    • rehabilitation and complex care
    • palliative care (e.g., hospice)
    • residential care and short-term transitional care (e.g., in supportive housing, long-term care homes, retirement homes)
    • long-term care home placement
    • emergency health services
    • laboratory and diagnostic services
    • midwifery services, and
    • other social and community services and other services, as needed by the population.

There are many Ontario health Teams that have either been established across Ontario, including the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team. The South Georgian Bay OHT works to create a connected health and social care system focused on what is most important to our local citizens.

The SGB OHT Partners have a long-standing history of collaboration, spanning more than a decade.

Our Official Approval

SOUTH GEORGIAN BAY HEALTH PARTNERS ARE SELECTED TO BECOME AN ONTARIO HEALTH TEAM.

Collingwood, Ontario – November 18, 2020 – Today, Premier Doug Ford, Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health and Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Long-Term Care announced the South Georgian Bay Ontario Health Team (SGBOHT) as one of 13 new Ontario Health Teams in the province to provide better, connected care to patients. The SGBOHT is one of 42 Ontario Health Teams in the province.

Through the Ontario Health Team model, patients will experience easier transitions from one provider to another, including, for example, between hospitals and long-term care, with one patient story, one patient record and one care plan.

“While still in its early stages, Ontario Health Teams are already breaking down long-standing barriers to better connect care for both patients and our frontline heroes,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “These teams have demonstrated remarkable responsiveness to the COVID-19 outbreak by helping to address challenges in a variety of areas, and they are essential to building a connected health care system centered around the needs of patients.”

The SGBOHT is comprised of partners across the health and social sectors including Community Connection, Georgian Bay Family Health Team, Georgian Bay Family Health Organization, Hospice Georgian Triangle, Breaking Down Barriers, Canadian Mental Health Association Simcoe County, South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre, Bay Haven Care Community, Entité 4, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital and Home and Community Care. The SGBOHT is also supported by the County of Simcoe, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and local townships and municipalities. Over the next year, the SGBOHT will continue to focus on creating a health care system that is designed locally with patients, families, caregivers and providers to meet the needs of its community.

Local population data analysis and a robust community engagement session with patients, families, health care providers, community organizations and residents, identified seniors with complex health conditions as the first-year patient population of focus for the SGBOHT. The goal of the SGBOHT will be to organize seamless care for these seniors and ensure they feel supported and connected to their community. This is especially critical during the pandemic as seniors, especially those with complex health issues, are especially vulnerable to COVID-19, and the associated challenges of living during the pandemic.

Strategic Direction

Strategic Priorities:

  • Population-based integrated care.
  • Innovation.
  • Responding to shared community priorities (i.e. COVID-19).
  • Building our capabilities for shared leadership across our OHT.
  • Building and enabling a communications strategy that creates community cohesion.

Principals:

  • We are committed to what is best for the community.
  • We will incorporate evidence-based decision making.
  • We will be innovative in how we reach our goals.
  • We promise to share information and communicate broadly.
  • We believe in the value of co-design in everything we do.
  • We want to be nimble together.
  • We are dedicated to a culture of kindness.
  • We are willing to change despite discomfort.
  • We believe in shared accountability and decision making across our network.
  • We are committed to inclusivity.
What does the SGB OHT mean for you?
  • We will work together with patients and caregivers to create a seamless experience for them
    across the care continuum.
  • We will build on our trusted relationship to align and leverage our current resources to
    effectively collaborate across the community.
  • We will utilize virtual infrastructure to build the capability and capacity of the SGB OHT while we
    continue to lead our individual organizations.
  • We will institute a unified collaborative decision-making approach to ensure the success of
    the SGB OHT.
  • We will leverage our strong existing cross-sectoral relationships to proactively adapt to
    COVID-19 to provide our community with integrated health and social services.
  • We will capitalize on the dedicated OHT resources from the Ministry of Health to support
    these co-designed goals and priorities through shared organizational autonomy.

Our Story

May 2019

The SGB OHT was established by 11 longstanding partners with a demonstrated significant impact when working together. The partners are committed to broad collaboration with all health and social care organizations and citizens in SGB.

Dec 2019

A significant milestone was achieved by inviting health and social care organizations and patient and family advisors in SGB to come together and define the purpose, principles and priorities for the SGB OHT.

Jan-Sept 2020

The SGB OHT continued their generative process of engagement with all key stakeholders and citizens in SGB in the development of the SGB OHT.

March 2020

And still ongoing, the SGB OHT Partners came together to proactively respond as one cohesive community to COVID-19, building on our strengths and aligning to our OHT goals and structure, reconfirming the value of being an OHT.

Nov 2020

We received formal Ministry of Health approval and worked together to develop plans for strategy and execution ensuring shared accountability, distributed leadership and full engagement of the SGB Community.

Jan 2021

SGB OHT partners, governors and patients/client, families and caregivers collaborated to confirm our co-designed shared purpose, principles by which we are going to work together, key priorities and the decision-making process. The outcome of this discussion formed the development of the SGB OHT strategic framework.

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