On Thursday morning, Minister of Health
and Long-Term Care Deb Matthews paid a visit to the Village Family Health Team
officially open their doors to the community.
Village Family Health Team will bring
together family physicians, nurses, social workers, dietitians, pharmacists and
other professionals to provide health care for the community, including patients
who do not have a family doctor.
|Media look on as Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO, CAMH
welcomes Deb Matthews, Minister of Health to the Village Family Health
This will be the first family health team
formally linked to a mental health and addictions hospital, ensuring that a full
range of mental illness and addiction treatment is woven into the mix of primary
health care services being provided to the community.
“This is a landmark initiative for CAMH,”
said CAMH President and CEO Dr. Catherine Zahn. “Not only will more people in
the community be able to receive primary healthcare services close to home, but
those with serious mental health problems will be able to have their needs met
–a population that has historically had trouble accessing primary care due to
stigma and discrimination.”
“It’s a model for the future.”
of six Family Health Health Teams that have recently opened in Toronto, Village
FHT is now accepting new patients who live in the catchment area. For more
information, visit www.villagefht.ca or
call 416-599-VFHT (8348).
For more information on family health
teams, visit the Ministry
of Health and Long-Term Care website.