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Minister vows Ottawa's health team will improve care by including community health centres

The Ottawa Ontario Health team is one of 24 teams across the province.
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Ottawa Health team / Chris Kurys

Deputy Premier and Minister of Health Christine Elliott was in Ottawa Friday to announce the introduction of Ottawa's first health team.

The new health teams are one of 24 units throughout the province that are set to replace the Local Health Integration Networks (LHIN's), set up by the previous Liberal government and are in the process of being disbanded.

The team includes the Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa Public Health the Centretown Community Health Centre, Bruyère and others.

"These teams will better support patients and families by better connecting care providers....Ontario health teams will ensure seamless experience and smooth transitions," she said. 

She explained that hospital and home care workers can start planning a patient discharge before a patient even enters the hospital, which would allow patients to recover in the comfort of their own home.

Elliott said the teams will be successful because they will bring together health care providers to work as one team and is part of the government's larger focus to end 'hallway healthcare.'

"The plan has four pillars, we want to keep Ontarians healthy and out of hospitals in the first place,.....ensure that residents receive the right care in the right place,...... better integrating care to improving patient flow and building capacity throughout the system," she said. 

The Ottawa Health team will fully get underway once the LHIN's are dissolved. Elliott says that could take a year.

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