9:30 p.m., Dec. 15)
East Ottawa Family Health Teams join forces under one roof
By Fred Sherwin
weeks after closing their doors at their Orléans
Town Centre location, the East Ottawa Community Family Health
Team is back serving patients at their new location at 1811
St. Joseph Blvd.
former Orléans clinic has been amalgamated with
the EOCFHTs Ogilvie Road clinic under one roof in
the century old Youville Farm building on the north side
of St. Joseph between Jeanne dArc Blvd. and Youville
Ottawa Community Family Health Team executive
director Regis Girard and board of directors
president Micheline Delorme accept letters
of accomendation from Ottawa-Orléans
MPP Marie-France Lalonde and Orléans
Ward Coun. Bob Monette. Fred Sherwin/Photo
mandate of the East Ottawa Com-munity Family Health Team
is to provide health care services to residents in the
east end with a priority given to the areas francophone
physicians, family health care practitioners, and staff
are all fluently bilingual.
the centres grand opening last Friday, EOCFHT executive
director Régis Girard said that the early feedback
from the patients who have visited the new location have
been extremely positive.
East Ottawa Community Family Health Care Teams is the
second of two such centres operating in Orléans.
The Family First Health Centre is located in the Great
Canadian Superstore on Innes Road.
the two family health teams can serve over 40,000 patients.
Thats a far cry from 10 years ago when it was nearly
impossible to find a family doctor in Orléans willing
to take on new patients.
shortage of family practitioners in Eastern Ontario and
elsewhere in the province is what spurred the provincial
government to create family health care teams bringing
together physicians, nurse practitioners, dieticians and
other health care professionals to deliver a more holistic
approach in the delivery of health care services.
am very proud of the evolution our health care system
has undergone under our government, said Ottawa-Orléans
MPP Marie-France Lalonde who also attended the grand opening,
its a lot more focused on patients. Ten years
ago there were no family doctors in Orléans. Now
we have close to 96 per cent coverage.
Ontario government invested $1.8 million in renovating
the century old building which allows the centre to offer
extended coverage in terms of their hours of operation
new location is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to
8 p.m. Previously they were only open from Monday to Wednesday.
MPP Lalonde was pleased to be at Fridays grand opening,
shes looking forward to attending the eventual grand
opening of the Orléans Health Hub which has been
in the works since 2009.
super clinic is in the final planning stages, and Lalonde
is hopeful that construction will begin by late 2017 or
hope is to have an announcement early next year and then
the architectural design, said Lalonde.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)