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(Posted 10:30 a.m., Dec. 20)
Orléans Health Hub passes important next step
By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

The Orléans Family Health Hub inched another step forward to becoming a reality last week after the organization charged with overseeing the project approved a revised proposal for the facility.

The Champlain Local Health Integration Network, or LHIN, was handed the task to rework the proposed health hub model by the Ontarion Ministry of Health last year.

Under the guidance and leadership of project manager Mélanie Potvin, the LHINcame up with a new model in which health and community organizations will work collaboratively under one roof.

The Orléans Family Health Hub will be an integrated, high-performing centre focusing on primary and community care. The goals are to strengthen the health of Orléans residents, improve people’s experience in accessing care, reduce pressures on area hospitals and provide top value.

The province of Ontario has committed $60 million to cover the costs of building the health hub which will be located at Mer Bleue Road and Brian Coburn Way.

On Dec. 12, the Champlain LHIN board of directors reviewed the proposed services, a proposed governance model, and a preliminary floor plan for the two-storey building. The board then voted in favour of the plan which must now be submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care for their final approval.

Among the propoed services the health hub will offer are health promotion and disease prevention, management of health conditions, family medicine care, urgent-care services and specialty care.

Amon the proposed in-house services are:

- a chronic pain unit
- cardiac and pulminary rehabilitation
- a physical therapy clinic
- a diabetes clinc
- foot care
- a nursing clinic
- mental health and addiction care
- minor procedures not requiring sedation.

Among the proposed health and wellness programs are:

- an adult day program
- oral screening
- develop.m.ental screening, and
- co-ordination of in-home services such as Meals on Wheels.

The hub will also offer specialized consultations through a family health team of professionals including allergists, geriatric services and mental health services.

The floor plan also includes diagnostic imaging services, a pharmacy, a lab, a therapy garden and a public courtyard,

The facility will have to levels of governance, one for the building and day-to-day maintainance, and another to coordinate and oversee programs and services.

The Board also agreed in principal to the Montfort Hospital acting as the host organization for the hub.

Depending on when the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care approve the revised model, construction could begin as early as next fall, however, the LHIN is less optimistic, expecting construction to begin in 2015.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

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