In this section, you will be able to access information about upcoming Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes special events and activities, as well as get recaps and summaries of recently held initiatives.
For further information about any agency initiatives please call 324-7323.
NEW FAMILY DOCTOR FOR COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRE
The Kawartha Lakes Health Care Initiative (KLHCI) and Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes Community Health Centre (CHC) are pleased to announce the recruitment of Dr. Victoria Manfredi. Dr. Manfredi will begin practice with the CHC on July 5, 2013.
“It has been a pleasure to work with Dr. Manfredi and the Community Health Centre to facilitate this recruitment. The continued recruitment of family doctors to the City of Kawartha Lakes means that the number of unattached patients, and those travelling long distances to see a family doctor, is 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 and to know that the Community Health Centre will now be supported by a full complement of family doctors.”
Dr. Manfredi received her medical degree from Dalhousie University (Halifax). Her post graduate training was through Dalhousie at the Victoria General Hospital. Dr. Manfredi has practised family medicine at the Moncton Hospital, Toronto walk-in clinics, the Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, and the Brock Community Health Centre in Cannington. Dr. Manfredi and her husband Fred are parents of two grown children, and they very much enjoy a rural lifestyle. Dr. Manfredi is very pleased to be moving to Lindsay to join the CHC as a full-time physician.
Andrew Veale, KLHCI president, said, “KLHCI would like to welcome Dr. Manfredi to the City of Kawartha Lakes and wishes her 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 their assistance with the recruitment of Dr. Manfredi,” said Cathy Danbrook, CEO of Community Care CKL. “Having another full-time physician at the CHC has been greatly needed for a long time, and will allow us to expand access to our services. We are very pleased Dr. Manfredi has agreed to join our team.”
The CHC is currently accepting new patients who live in the City of Kawartha Lakes and do not currently have a family doctor. Applications are available at any Community Care office.
The Community Care CHC provides comprehensive primary care services for residents of the City. Care is delivered by an interdisciplinary team of professionals. The CHC combines primary health care services with other health promotion and wellness programs. The CHC collaborates with other social service, mental health and addiction agencies, other community-based organizations, the hospital and long-term care facilities. The CHC is at 108 Angeline St. S., Lindsay (Door B).
KLHCI is a non-profit, charitable organization whose mandate is to recruit and retain family doctors for the City. Anyone wishing to be part of the effort by volunteering or donating to support the ongoing recruitment and retention programs can contact Cindy Snider at 705-328-6098 or e-mail her at email@example.com, or visit the KLHCI website.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING SET FOR JUNE 12
Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes’ annual general meeting (AGM) will be on Wednesday, June 12 at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Lindsay (45 Russell St. W.). The event begins at 4:30 p.m. with a barbecue supper, followed by the meeting at approximately 5:30. All Community Care supporters who have a paid 2013-14 membership are eligible to vote at the AGM, which will be an opportunity for staff, board members, volunteers and community partners to celebrate accomplishments of the past year and to look ahead to opportunities in the upcoming year.
Memberships will be available to be purchased at the AGM for just $5/person. Dress is casual, and weather permitting, the supper will be held outside at St. Paul’s – bring your lawn chair!
RSVP for the AGM by calling Janice Reesor at 705-324-7323 ext 150.
$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.”
Good Food Box Comes to Bobcaygeon
The Community Care Good Food Box is now available in Bobcaygeon. Residents can now order the monthly box of locally supplied and produced fresh fruits and vegetables through Community Care’s office at 71 Bolton St., Unit D. The boxes are just $15 each and will be delivered to Trinity Providence United Church in Bobcaygeon on the afternoon of the third Tuesday of each month. Boxes must be pre-ordered, deadline is the first Tuesday of the month.
The Good Food Box can also be ordered at Community Care offices in Fenelon Falls (70 Murray St.) and Lindsay (34 Cambridge St. S. or 108 Angeline St. S.). For further information, contact the Community Health Centre at 705-324-7323 ext 107.