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Russell Township and Surrounding Area Health Care Providers to Improve Care Co-ordination

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Russell Township and Surrounding Area Health Care Providers to Improve Care Co-ordination

New Upper Canada Health Link to Improve Care for Patients with Complex Conditions

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Ontario is expanding its new Health Links initiative into the Russell Township and surrounding area where complex and high-needs patients will soon benefit from better care co-ordination between care providers in the region.

The new Upper Canada Health Link will offer seniors and patients with complex conditions better care through personalized care plans and more co-ordinated support from a tightly knit team of providers. The Health Link will help improve patient transitions within the health care system by encouraging providers to share patient information and work together to develop solutions that address each patient's specific needs.

Providing better care for seniors and patients with complex conditions supports the government's Action Plan for Health Care and its commitment to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place. It is also part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow by focusing on Ontario's greatest strengths - its people and strategic partnerships.

Quick Facts

  • Complex patients represent up to five per cent of Ontario’s population, but use two-thirds of the health care budget.
  • Since the program’s launch in December 2012, 54 Health Links have been established across Ontario.
  • Health Links bring together health care providers in a given geographic area, including primary care providers, specialists, hospitals, home care, long-term care and community agencies. A recent study found that 75 per cent of seniors with complex conditions who are discharged from the hospital receive care from six or more physicians and 30 per cent get their drugs from three or more pharmacies.

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Deb Matthews

“Health Links are all about breaking down barriers for patients with complex conditions, making access to health care easier and less complicated. By encouraging local care providers to work together we’re ensuring our highest needs patients — seniors and those with complex conditions — get the care they need when and where they need it and don’t end up falling between the cracks.”

Deb Matthews

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Grant Crack

“This new Health Link will make it easier for seniors and patients with complex conditions to get the care they need. The Upper Canada Health Link will ensure that health providers in the Russell Township and surrounding area are working together to improve patient outcomes for those who need care the most.”

Grant Crack

MPP, Glengarry-Prescott-Russell

“Winchester District Memorial Hospital is pleased to be leading the Upper Canada Health Link. We know it is the right approach because it coordinates care around the specific needs of each patient. Working with our partners, we are committed to this type of patient-centred care.”

Cholly Boland

Winchester District Memorial Hospital Chief Executive Officer

“The Health Link is another example of Winchester District Memorial Hospital’s commitment to connected care. It supports patients who need care the most, whether in the hospital, at home or in the community.”

Lisa Little

Winchester District Memorial Hospital Board Chair

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