Six 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.
East 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
The former Orléans clinic has been amalgamated with the EOCFHT’s Ogilvie Road clinic under one roof in the century old Youville Farm building on the north side of St. Joseph between Jeanne d’Arc Blvd. and Youville Drive.
The 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 area’s francophone residents.
The physicians, family health care practitioners, and staff are all fluently bilingual.
During the centre’s 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.
The 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.
Together the two family health teams can serve over 40,000 patients. That’s 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.
The 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.
“I 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, “it’s 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.”
The 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 and accessibility.
The 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.
While MPP Lalonde was pleased to be at Friday’s grand opening, she’s looking forward to attending the eventual grand opening of the Orléans Health Hub which has been in the works since 2009.
The super clinic is in the final planning stages, and Lalonde is hopeful that construction will begin by late 2017 or early 2018.
“Our hope is to have an announcement early next year and then the architectural design,” said Lalonde.