OTTAWA, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - More Champlain-area residents will have
assistance in their search for a health care provider (family doctor or
nurse practitioner) thanks to new provincial funding announced today by
the Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC).
The funding will allow for the creation of two new full-time Care
Connectors at the Champlain CCAC as part of the Ministry of Health and
Long Term Care's Health Care Connect program. Since February 2009, this
innovative province-wide program has been devoted to increasing
Ontarians' access to family health care.
At the core of Health Care Connect is the role of the Care Connector -
experienced registered nurses who refer patients to a family doctor or
nurse practitioner in their community. This funding announcement
doubles the number of Care Connectors at the Champlain CCAC to four.
"We are pleased to receive this funding and increase our ability to help
connect people with the highest quality care possible," says Gilles
Lanteigne, CEO, Champlain CCAC. "Our Care Connectors' hands-on,
individualized approach is making a difference in our communities by
successfully matching people to the most appropriate doctor or nurse
As of December 31, 2010, more than 4,200 people in the Champlain LHIN
have been referred to a health care provider (family doctor or nurse
practitioner) through Health Care Connect. Of those patients with high
needs, 85 per cent have been referred to a provider. Seventy per cent
of all people referred have been connected with a provider within 10 km
of their home.
"The Health Care Connect program aims to reduce unnecessary emergency
room visits by matching up patients with family doctors and nurse
practitioners who will provide ongoing, high-quality primary care,"
says Alex Munter, Champlain LHIN CEO. "While the program has been a
success, there is still more work to do, so the increased investment is
good news for communities in Champlain."
For more information about Care Connectors and Health Care Connect, call
1-800-445-1822 or go to www.ccac-ont.ca/Content.aspx?EnterpriseID=15&LanguageID=1&MenuID=1076.
About the Champlain CCAC
The Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) is the second largest
health service provider in the Champlain LHIN with a budget of
approximately $182 million and 660 staff. It serves more than 52,000
clients annually across our region.
The Champlain CCAC provides a single point of access to health and
personal support services to help people live independently in their
homes or to facilitate their transition into a long term care home. The
CCAC plans, coordinates and ensures the delivery of a full-range of in
home and community-based services to support clients and their
caregivers. In addition, the CCAC provides clients with information and
connects clients to alternate sources of care in the community.
SOURCE Champlain Community Care Access Centre
For further information:
Senior Communications Manager
Phone: 613-745-8124 ext. 5997