The North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) took another major step Friday in strengthening and further integrating primary care into local health planning by announcing Dr. Richard Almond as its Primary Care Lead.
Dr. Almond, who practices at the Fort William Family Health Team in Thunder Bay, will work with the North West LHIN to ensure that primary care services are better integrated with the work of other health sectors in our region.
By working together, the LHIN and local health service providers continue to implement strategies to improve access to quality care for local residents.
Across the province, LHINs have been building great partnerships with local primary care providers.
The introduction of a Primary Care Lead in each of the province’s 14 LHINs is endorsed by both the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and the Ontario Medical Association, and is in line with the government’s action plan commitment to bring planning for the full patient journey under the LHINs.
Through this collaborative work, local primary care providers will continue to strengthen these partnerships and focus on implementing system initiatives identified locally by the LHIN.
In the North West LHIN, local initiatives have been identified through extensive community consultation and include emergency department/alternate level of care (ED/ALC); mental health and addictions, chronic disease prevention and management, and system integration.