Helping to unveil the sign showing the future home of the North Renfrew Family Health Team (NRFHT) from left to right is Tabitha Kearney – DRDH Chief Nursing Executive, Janna Hotson – DRDH President and CEO, April Wolfgram – DRDH Manager of Clinical Services, William Willard – DRDH Chief Financial Officer, Michelle Govereau – NRFHT Office Coordinator, Maddison O’Neil – NRFHT Nurse, Jackie Harris – NRFHT Receptionist, Chris Carroll – DRDH Board Chair, Debbie Grills – Mayor of Head, Clara and Maria, John Yakabuski – MPP for Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke, and Glenn Doncaster – Reeve for the Town of Deep River.
As part of the expanding campus of care in Deep River, the North Renfrew Family Health Team has been approved for development of a new primary care building. With this exciting announcement, the health campus in Deep River will receive an investment from the Ministry of Health for over $9 million dollars for the construction of a new building.
The government’s investment in the North Renfrew Family Health Team is currently the largest financial commitment towards a capital development project for any Family Health Team across the Province. This funding will help ensure the Family Health Team is a safe and accessible space for patients, clinicians, and healthcare professionals for years to come.
The $9 million dollar capital investment will fully fund construction and furnishing costs for a new one-story 9,800 square foot primary care building, located on the current health campus at 117 Banting Drive in Deep River. The new building will improve patient experience and ensure the Family Health Team and its service providers can continue to deliver important medical services to the clinic’s 3,600 enrolled patients of Deep River and surrounding communities.
The new Family Health Team clinic space will include exam rooms, counselling rooms, and administrative space, allowing flexibility to meet evolving community needs into the future.
Today, MPP John Yakabuski was on-site at the Deep River and District Hospital (DRDH) to make the new building announcement locally.
“This project, funded by the Ontario government, is a welcome expansion to our campus of care here at the Deep River and District Hospital. Our campus is expanding, innovating, and modernizing to better serve our communities, and this new space will further our ability to provide excellent, compassionate care, every time,” said Janna Hotson, President and CEO.
“With this new building, we will be able to create additional space for Family Health Team community programs and provide space for visiting specialists and community organizations who deliver care to enrolled patients close to home.”
“We are delighted about this commitment by the province that will provide the communities we serve with a safe new space and allow our organization to better care for our patient population,” said Chris Carroll, Chair of the Board of Directors for the North Renfrew Family Health Team, Deep River and District Hospital, and Four Seasons Lodge Long-Term Care.
MPP John Yakabuski emphasised that today’s announcement is a tremendous success for primary care in Renfrew County and thanked the DRDH leadership team for their “persistent work and advocacy for this project over the last several years. These things don’t happen without a tremendous amount of commitment and leadership on the local level, which is something I have seen first-hand, and those at the Ministry have seen as well. This project is a great example of things that we can get done when we work together for the betterment of our communities.”
The North Renfrew Family Health Team provides access to a number of primary health care services from family doctors, nurse practitioners, registered practical nurses, social workers, dietitians and other allied health professionals who work collaboratively to deliver patient-centered care. Programs and services offered to enrolled patients include Heart Health, Smoking Cessation, Nutrition, Mental Health, Cancer Screening, Diabetes Education and Episodic Care.