Carleton Place Regional Health Hub breaks ground, helping community tackle family doctor shortage

An artist’s rendering of what the new health hub will look like.

Shovels are officially in the ground as the Carleton Place Regional Health Hub gears up to transform primary healthcare in the region. The ambitious project, set to unite entities including local family physicians, Ottawa Valley Family Health Team (OVFHT), and a pharmacy, aims to centralize services and expand care, addressing the pressing need for more family physicians in the area.

The Health Hub will create one destination for the community’s primary care needs and is already helping the region recruit family physicians to support 5,000 people without a primary care provider.

“This important milestone will be just one (1) of many that will come over the next 18 months, culminating in the vision we all started with, which was providing world-class healthcare services to our residents while attracting new family doctors to work together in a central hub,” said Carleton Place Mayor Toby Randell.

“The commitment of a new family doctor, even before a groundbreaking, will, I’m sure, be just the first of many who will see the benefit and want to be a part of this collaborative vision,” Randell continued.

The expansion strategy of OVFHT, initiated post-Ministry approval, is geared towards accommodating a significant rise in the catchment population, expanding from 15,000 residents in Mississippi Mills to over 36,000 across Beckwith, Carleton Place, and Mississippi Mills. One of the primary goals is to attract a minimum of five new family physicians within the initial five years of the Health Hub’s operation. This recruitment drive aims to cater to an estimated 12,000 unattached patients in the region, anticipating rapid population growth.

The Health Hub’s innovative team-based care model aims to boost the number of family physicians from 15 to 20, thereby extending services to approximately 5,000 additional patients who currently lack a family physician.

The OVFHT expansion is supported by approximately $1.2 million in new annual funding from the provincial government to support the primary care expansion and more than $1.5 million in funding over ten (10) years from the Township of Beckwith and the Town of Carleton Place. 

The OVFHT does not have a waiting list for new patients at the Carleton Place Regional Health Hub or its Almonte location. The team cannot accommodate waiting list requests at this time.

“The commitment of a new family doctor, even before a groundbreaking, will, I’m sure, be just the first of many who will see the benefit and want to be a part of this collaborative vision,” Randell continued. 

OVFHT, after securing approval from the Ministry of Health along with provincial and municipal funding, embarked on an initiative to bolster primary care services. This endeavour involves extending their Mississippi Mills catchment to encompass Carleton Place and Beckwith. Teaming up with M+H Properties Group, they’re spearheading the development of the Carleton Place Regional Health Hub.

The Health Hub’s concept revolves around consolidating local family physicians into a single medical clinic, complemented by specialized programs from the Ottawa Valley Family Health Team. These programs span various areas such as COPD and Asthma, Memory Clinic services, and Mental Health programs tailored for adolescents and children. Additionally, the hub will host third-party healthcare services, including a pharmacy and diagnostics, to create a comprehensive healthcare ecosystem.

In collaboration with Gallivan Development, M+H Properties is co-developing the facility, with Phase 1 set to open its doors on Costello Drive in Carleton Place by fall 2024.

The expansion strategy of OVFHT, initiated post-Ministry approval, is geared towards accommodating a significant rise in the catchment population, expanding from 15,000 residents in Mississippi Mills to over 36,000 across Beckwith, Carleton Place, and Mississippi Mills. One of the primary goals is to attract a minimum of five new family physicians within the initial five years of the Health Hub’s operation. This recruitment drive aims to cater to an estimated 12,000 unattached patients in the region, anticipating rapid population growth.

The Health Hub’s innovative team-based care model aims to boost the number of family physicians from 15 to 20, thereby extending services to approximately 5,000 additional patients who currently lack a family physician.

The OVFHT expansion is supported by approximately $1.2 million in new annual funding from the provincial government to support the primary care expansion and more than $1.5 million in funding over ten (10) years from the Township of Beckwith and the Town of Carleton Place. 

The Carleton Place Regional Health Hub represents a pivotal step towards revolutionizing healthcare accessibility and provision, promising a centralized, comprehensive approach to primary care in the region.

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