Collaborating with our patients in providing exceptional timely health care.
To create and deliver a team-based model of lifelong care that optimizes health for the individuals, families and communities we serve, through a patient-centred collaborative and comprehensive approach to family health care.
Building A Stronger Health Care System
Family Health Teams are the cornerstone of the provincial government’s plan to build an improved health care system. Here at the CBFHT, we wholly subscribe to this ethos. Here are a few ways that the CBFHT helps to promote a stronger health care system:
CBFHT helps to promote a stronger health care system by:
- Ensuring easy access to physicians and other healthcare providers
- Removing pressure from the hospitals and the healthcare budget by ensuring problems are diagnosed early and treated appropriately
- Reducing the strain on hospital emergency departments by offering evening and weekend clinics
CBFHT helps to promote individual health by:
- Providing accurate, up-to-date information about the best ways to prevent disease
- Helping individuals understand the risk factors for diseases, and provide appropriate screening and follow-up
- Offering strategies to help manage chronic illnesses like Diabetes, asthma, and COPD
- Implementing state-of-the-art technology to improve records and information management so that health information is securely shared with other health care professionals
- Working with patients and families to help navigate the health care system so that care is better coordinated
Central Brampton FHT Recognized for Excellence in Diabetes Care
In 2017 the Central Brampton Family Health Team was selected as one of the recipients of Diabetes Canada’s prestigious Standards Recognition Program (SRP).
The Diabetes Standards Recognition Program recognizes Canadian diabetes education programs that have demonstrated a commitment to providing:
- High quality self-management education to patients that is supported by an inter-professional health-care team with specialized knowledge of diabetes
- Providing patients with the best practice care as dictated by Diabetes Canada’s Clinical Practice Guidelines
Receipt of the SRP requires that a diabetes education program has met 80% or more of the performance measures and criteria, as evaluated through a rigorous peer-reviewed process.
Our diabetes education team, consisting of our physicians, Pharmacist, Dietitian, Health Educator/Kinesiologist, Nurses, NPs, and administrative staff, is committed to providing patients and caregivers with compassionate, timely, and evidence-based care each time. This is demonstrated by continuous positive feedback received by our patients.
Local partners submit full Ontario Health Team application showcasing innovative, integrated health care model for community
Brampton/Etobicoke and Area partners propose plan for enhanced patient care and more equitable, efficient health services across region
November 11, 2019, BRAMPTON/ETOBICOKE – Local health providers – 186 groups/individuals in total – have united to submit a full application for a ‘Brampton/Etobicoke and Area’ Ontario Health Team (OHT) to the Ontario government. The application details how the partners will work together to significantly enhance patient care, enable greater access to family physicians and specialists, and ensure more equitable and efficient health services for patients across the region.
Recently, over 70 partners from the Brampton/Etobicoke and Area OHT presented the OHT proposal to Ministry of Health representatives and external reviewers. It is expected the government will make its decision on approval of the province’s first OHTs in December or early 2020.
Last February, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health, Christine Elliott, announced plans to significantly restructure the province’s health care system. These plans included the introduction of OHTs as a new way of connecting and delivering care services to patients in communities across Ontario. In the Central West region, local health providers came together immediately to co-create a shared vision and working groups to further design/detail the model for integrated and connected care in the region.
The Brampton/Etobicoke and Area OHT is one of the largest among the province’s 31 proposals invited to complete a full submission. Of the 186 members, 144 are physicians and physician groups – collectively serving a population of close to 900,000 people within the Brampton, Bramalea, North Etobicoke, Malton and West Woodbridge regions. Partners have been working tirelessly and collaboratively together over the last number of months to help bring its vision to life – including through community consultations with more than 400 patients/clients and caregivers to better understand their opportunities, challenges and current/future health care needs.
The Brampton/Etobicoke and Area OHT vision involves the creation of an integrated care ‘hub’ that will help patients/caregivers better navigate their health journey, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through connections to appropriate health and social services based on individual needs. The hub will enable patients to have access to next-day appointments, virtual care, emergency services, and digital tools.
As users of the integrated care hub, providers will have better access to specialist physicians and nurse navigators for their patients, along with evidence-based care pathways to ensure an improved care experience. Given the large percentage of physicians in the community without broader care team resources and supports like nurses, dieticians, or physiotherapists, the hub presents an opportunity to “equalize the playing field” for both patients and providers in the area.
Lisa Ali, Senior Director, Clinical Strategy and Services at Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Peel Dufferin
For far too long individuals who struggle with mental health and addictions have experienced great difficulty in getting what they need from our health care and social service systems. Working with our partners to develop the vision for an Ontario Health Team in our community, has harnessed our collective will and expertise, while ensuring greater accountability in the design of better systems of care. Ontario Health Teams are a promising example of partnership and collaboration leading to better integrated care and improved outcomes for clients and families.
Gord Gunning, CEO, CANES Community Care
The concept of integrated care for all Ontarians delivered through new Ontario Health Teams is an excellent opportunity for all health care providers to work more closely with patients and caregivers to ensure the best care possible. Our team at CANES Community Care is excited to be part of a new Ontario Health Team in Brampton/Etobicoke and surrounding area. We look forward to sharing our resources with other service providers to enhance the level of care our clients receive every day.
Kiki Ferrari, Executive Vice President, Clinical Operations, William Osler Health System
This is an exciting time for health care in the region, with an unprecedented commitment by local health care and social service providers to collaborate and improve the way care is delivered to the growing community. Our proposed new, innovative model aims to better integrate health services and provide a seamless health care experience for patients, caregivers and their families across the region.
Gordon Newman, Member, Patient and Family Advisory Council, William Osler Health System
As a member of this community and someone who has interacted with the health system – both as a patient and as a family member – I am thrilled at the idea of a comprehensive health and wellness support network being available for residents in Brampton, North Etobicoke and the surrounding areas. Being part of the working group and being given a voice to represent patients and family members amongst 186 partner organizations has been a tremendous privilege, and a positive sign of inclusivity and collaboration moving forward.
Dr. Tanya Sehgal, Physician at Sunnyvale Medical Centre & Pharmacy
The foundation for health care in Ontario is primary care and the patients it serves. I strongly believe that the alliance between a primary care provider and the patient is central to providing excellent, quality care but this can only occur when supported by our vision of the integrated care hub. It is important that the integrated care hub is shaped by not only the patients who will be using it, but the providers who are caring for them.
Neil Shah, Executive Director, Queen Square Family Health Team
Spreading team-based care will support more people in our region to receive the very best health services. Our approach to care builds on primary care services, which is most people’s first point of access. It will ensure that as a patient’s or client’s needs change, their care experience is coordinated and their care team is collaborating. It’s exciting to be part of an integrated team of providers focused on a patient’s overall health.
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William Osler Health System
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Photo caption: Partners representing the Brampton/Etobicoke and Area Ontario Health Team come together to recognize recent milestones – including completion of a full application and visit with Ministry of Health representatives and external reviewers.