FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 10, 2018
Black Creek Community Health Centre
receives funding to expand and enhance primary care
Interprofessional Health Care Teams, new services and extended hours will provide Toronto’s northwest community with the best care, close to home
Toronto, ON -On May 3, Central LHIN confirmed Black Creek Community Health Centre (BCCHC) will receive an additional $2.4M in 2017/18 to expand and enhance Interprofessional Primary Care (IPC) Teams across North York West and North York Central.
“This funding is important to our community because it will give us the opportunity to improve the quality of life for people living in the area and has the potential to make a significant impact on the burden of disease in patients and their families,” says Dr. Mariana Diaconita, family physician, BCCHC. “We as health care providers can see this Investment in the short and long term, lead to outcomes that will result in reduced Emergency department visits to hospitals and enhanced quality of life for all members of our community.”
IPC teams deliver primary care to help patients with their specific health care goals and needs, ranging from managing chronic disease, to addressing complex health needs, to helping a patient deal with a life challenge that is negatively impacting their health. These teams also empower patients and their families to be active participants in working toward their health care goals.
The expanded services are currently available at both BCCHC sites at 2202 Jane Street and 1 York Gate Boulevard, as well as new satellite locations in partnership with Unison Health and Community Services and others in the Bathurst-Finch neighbourhood.
“This latest investment is much welcomed as it will improve the delivery of primary care in our York West Community and in the general north west corner of Toronto,” remarked Mario Sergio, MPP York West. “It will be of significant relief in addressing the multiple needs of our people and caring for them closer to home.”
“Studies have shown that providing care close to home result in better health outcomes. We also know patients receive better care when providers from all disciplines work closely with, and learn from, their health care colleagues,” commented Cheryl Prescod, BCCHC Executive Director. “This new health care investment builds on the progress we continue to witness in our community since opening our doors over 25 years ago.”
Connecting people with teams of health care professionals, such as mental health and addictions workers, nurses, physiotherapists, chiropodists, dietitians and other health professionals, will especially support patients with complex or a broad range of health and social needs.
Black Creek Community Health Centre’s densely populated community includes many vulnerable population groups and is largely comprised of: seniors; newcomers; lone-parent families; and low-income residents. This expansion will address health equity and community health and well-being needs through:
- Extended weekday hours and weekend appointments
- Access to appropriate and culturally-sensitive care
- Enhanced services for Francophones
- Greater integration and collaboration with local hospitals, family health teams and private practice physicians as well as social and community service providers
- Improved patient engagement and patient-centred care
- Building greater awareness of health care options and services
- Population health-based planning
Read the statement from the Central LHIN here.