We are pleased to announce that on July 13, 2023, the Ministry of Health approved a new Ontario Health Team (OHT) for the Timiskaming District (which includes Temagami) – The Équipe Santé des régions du Timiskaming Area Ontario Health Team (ESTOHT).

“I am very proud of the accomplishments of our OHT to date and in reaching this exciting milestone. I would like to thank all members of our OHT, Carla Porter, Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of Temiskaming Hospital for her leadership and dedication through the application process and members who have participated at various regional and provincial committees representing our area.” says Mandy Weeden, ESTOHT Co-Chair

As part of the government’s health system plan and People’s Healthcare Act, 2019, Ontario Health Teams are being introduced to provide a new way of organizing and delivering care that is more connected to patients in their local communities. Specifically, an OHT is responsible for delivering care for their patients, working as one team to better coordinate and integrate care, provide help in navigating the health care system and to share resources.

“Our vision is to form better integrated health care, with a seamless experience when navigating between different health care services, providers and settings. We look forward to our future together, working to support patients throughout their health care journey and improve the health system for our population.” says Mandy Weeden, ESTOHT Co-Chair.

To date, there are 57 Ontario Health Teams across the province that have been approved through a standardized intake and assessment process.

Initial planning efforts will focus on the care coordination and navigation of seniors aged 65 years and older, who represent approximately 24.2% of our OHT attributed population.

Core partners of the ESTOHT include:

Alzheimer Society Timmins-Porcupine District Inc
Blanche River Health - Kirkland Lake Site + Englehart Site
Canadian Mental Health Association Cochrane-Timiskaming
Dr. Steve Sears - Cobalt Medical Clinic
Englehart and District Family Health Team
Extendicare Tri-Town (Haileybury)
Gravity Health & Chiropractic Centre
Great Northern Family Health Team
Haileybury Family Health Team
Home & Community Care Support Services NE
Kirkland District Family Health Team
North Eastern Ontario Family & Children’s Services
Northeastern Recovery Center
Sages-Femmes Temiskaming Midwives
Temagami Family Health Team
Temiskaming Hospital
Timiskaming Health Unit
Timiskaming Home Support

Other partners include:

Dr. Colleen Davies, Family Practitioner
Dr. Don Davies, Family Practitioner / Lead Geriatric Physician for Timiskaming District
Dr. Celine Leger-Nolet Medicine Professional Corporation
Dr. Glenn Corneil, Family Practitioner
Réseau du mieux-être francophone du Nord de l'Ontario
Teck Pioneer Residence
Timiskaming Hospice Palliative Care
Temiskaming Lodge
Vital Aire
Mino M'Shki-ki Indigenous Health Team
Centre de santé communautaire du Temiskaming

For more information on the newly approved Ontario Health Teams in Northeastern Ontario, please visit Ontario Making it Faster and Easier to Access Health Care in Northern Communities | Ontario Newsroom