Local health hubs for rural and Northern communities: An integrated service delivery model whose time has come

image of the cover of the report summarized The vast geography of Northern Ontario makes it challenging to deliver health care to people who live outside of larger communities that have hospitals. A recent report by the Ontario Hospital Association recommends that Local Health Hubs are well-positioned to coordinate services for residents in northern and rural communities. A Health Hub is based on co-located services such as acute care, primary care, long-term care, and community-based services that provide clinical links for patients to health services.

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Title and link to report: Local Health Hubs for Rural and Northern Communities: An Integrated Service Delivery Model Whose Time Has Come

Author: Ontario Hospital Association (OHA)

Year: 2012

Location: Toronto

Language of report: English

What this report is about

The vast geography of Northern Ontario makes it challenging to deliver health care to people who live outside of larger communities that have hospitals. This report recommends that Local Health Hubs are well-positioned to coordinate services for residents in northern and rural communities. A Health Hub is based on co-located services such as acute care, primary care, long-term care, and community-based services that provide clinical links for patients to health services. Some of the hub models that are currently operating include Dryden Regional Health Centre, Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. (Fort Frances), and West Parry Sound Health Centre.

The report lists evidence that would inform those communities that are considering a move towards the Local Health Hub model. Documents include previous provincial policies, international models from Australia and the United States, and Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) reports. There are links to many of the documents listed in the report in the reference section.

A Health Hub would provide a number of supports:

  • Emergency and inpatient care;
  • Comprehensive primary care;
  • Home and community long-term care; and
  • Mental health and addictions services.

Partnerships would be established with local health and human services providers such as social services and education as well as working together with municipalities to contract with Ambulance (EMS) and Public Health.

How can this report be used

This report provides recommendations for advancing local health hubs for rural and northern communities based on provincial policy and regional Local Health Integration Networks’ plans.

Key wordsRural and northern health hubs

Contact person/source:
Ontario Hospital Association
200 Front Street West, Suite 2800
Toronto, ON M5V 3L1
https://www.oha.com

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