Community Health Centre
Community Care’s Community Health Centre
Community Health Centres (CHCs) are non-profit, community-governed organizations that provide primary health care, health promotion and community services, using multi-disciplinary teams. These teams include physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, and other health care providers.
The Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes Community Health Centre commenced operations at 108 Angeline St. S., Lindsay in 2009. The current CHC team consists of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, a dietician, social worker, clinical program manager, medical receptionists and a health promoter. Rehabilitation support is provided in partnership with Therapacc. As services are developed, the team and the range of programs and services available will expand.
The Ministry of Health and Long Term Care through the Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) approves and provides the majority of the funding for the operation of the Community Health Centre.
We work collaboratively with other health providers to achieve the health care aims of the Central East LHIN. Providing access in the community to primary care has been a long standing aim of our LHIN.
The Community Care Health Centre is pleased that in conjunction with our agency’s Community Support, Hospice and dental clinic services, we are able to link clients with other appropriate services they may need to achieve the vision of a healthy community through care and support.
Click our Services for Seniors and People With Special Needs for more information about many of Community Care’s health and support programs.
$7.4 Million From Province for New Community Health Centre
The Ontario Government will invest $7.4 million in a capital project to help construct a new facility for the Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes Community Health Centre. This means that many more people living in the City of Kawartha Lakes will have access to a primary health care model in the next few years.
The announcement was made April 8 by Ontario Minister of Rural Affairs Jeff Leal, on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The province is committing funding to 17 Community Health Centres in Ontario. Community Care’s CHC is the only community health centre in the Central East LHIN region receiving such capital, however.
Community Care CKL Chief Executive Officer Cathy Danbrook said the funding is an investment that will yield a high return in the future. “The primary health care model of the CHC has been proven to improve a local population’s health, reduce health disparities and eases the pressures on the rest of our health system,” she said.
The local CHC has approximately 1,500 clients who, prior to its opening in 2009, did not have a local family doctor or nurse practitioner. Currently located at 108 Angeline St. S. in Lindsay, the CHC will benefit from the opportunity to build a new facility that will allow Community Care “to expand access to our primary health care, health promotion, dental, seniors and youth services to that we can better reach out to all populations of the community we serve.”
A 2012 study from the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Studies found that compared to other models of health care, the CHC approach was more effective than other primary care models in keeping people out of emergency departments of local hospitals.
Officials estimated that the entire process towards a new facility may take between three and five years. It is hoped that as many Community Care programs and services as possible can be consolidated into the future new space.
“CHCs can play a huge role enabling the province’s new action plan to make Ontario the healthiest place to grow up and grow old,” Ms Danbrook said. “We hope this is just the start of a series of steps to expand access to community-governed models that do such a good job promoting health and wellbeing.”
New Family Doctor for Community Health Centre
Officials at the Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) and Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes Community Health Centre are pleased to announce the successful recruitment of Dr. Othman Elfahad. Dr. Elfahad will begin practice with the Community Health Centre on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.
“By recruiting family doctors to the City of Kawartha Lakes, the number of unattached patients, and those travelling long distances to see a family doctor, continues to be reduced and a significant number of citizens can now receive much-needed primary health care services in their own community,” said Cindy Snider, recruitment and retention co-ordinator for KLHCI. “It is very rewarding to have the recruitment efforts of KLHCI meet with continued success.”
Dr. Elfahad received his Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and General Surgery from Garyounis University, Benghazi, Libya in 2004. Since 2008, he has practiced family medicine in Newfoundland. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario issued Dr. Elfahad an Independent Practice registration in June 2012. Dr. Elfahad is very pleased to be moving to Lindsay to join the Community Health Centre as a full-time physician.
KLHCI president Andrew Veale said “KLHCI would like to welcome Dr. Elfahad to the City of Kawartha Lakes and wishes him many years of satisfaction, both personally and professionally, within the community.”
“On behalf of the Community Health Centre, I would like to extend our appreciation to KLHCI for its assistance with the recruitment of Dr. Elfahad,” said Margot Fitzpatrick, Clinical Program Manager of the CHC. “Having a full-time physician at the Community Health Centre has been greatly needed for a long time. We are very pleased he has agreed to join us.” Following the initial intake of patients from the Community Health Centre’s waiting list, an announcement will be made as to how people can register to become a patient of Dr. Elfahad.
The Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes Community Health Centre provides comprehensive primary care services for residents of the City of Kawartha Lakes. Care is delivered by an interdisciplinary team of professionals that includes physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, a social worker, a dietitian, a health promoter, rehabilitation therapists and medical administration staff. The CHC combines primary health care services with other health promotion and wellness programs. The CHC works collaboratively with other social service, mental health and addiction agencies, other community-based organizations, Ross Memorial Hospital and local long-term care facilities. The Community Health Centre is located at 108 Angeline St. S., Unit B in Lindsay.
KLHCI is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mandate is to recruit and retain family doctors for the City of Kawartha Lakes. For further information about the local health care initiative, call 705-328-6098, or visit the KLHCI Website
CHC Operating Hours
Mondays (except holidays): 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday – Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Call 705-324-7323 for information or to book appointments.
Community Care is a scent-free environment and as such, employees and voluteers refrain from wearing scented products.
Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Program Returns for Winter 2013
The Community Health Centre’s Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) program is returning for a five-week session beginning Feb. 13, 2013. The HEAL program offers local residents the chance to learn about healthy eating and get nutritional tips in a small group setting. Each two-hour session (Feb. 13 & 20, March 13, 20 & 27) will include nutritional education, a 2o-30 minute exercise session led by a nurse or nurse practitioner of the CHC, and individual record keeping to track progress.
The HEAL program is free, but space is limited. Register by contacting the Community Health Centre at 705-879-4100. The sessions will take place at 108 Angeline St. S. in Lindsay.
CHC Clients Can Now Access Lab Services
The Community Care Community Health Centre is pleased to be collaborating with the City of Kawartha Lakes Family Health Team to improve access to local laboratory services. As of Jan. 7, 2013, clients of the Community Health Centre will be able to use the laboratory services located in Fenelon Falls and Omemee, as well as Lindsay services. Please note that the additional access is for Community Health Centre clients, and that the following guidelines are in place if you choose to use the lab services in the new areas:
Fenelon Falls Laboratory Services – no appointment needed
The lab services are at the Fenelon Medical Centre, 205 Francis St. E., Fenelon Falls. Hours of operation are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., and 1 to 3 p.m. Call 705-887-5100.
Omemee Laboratory Services – appointments needed
The lab services are at the Omemee Medical Centre, 23 Wellington St. E., Omemee. Hours of operation are Monday and Wednesday 8 to 11:30 a.m., and 1 to 4 p.m. Call 705-799-0000 ext 3 for an appointment.