For Immediate Release
July 23, 2020
Windsor-Essex Ontario Health Team Moves Forward to Full Application 
WINDSOR-ESSEX, ON - As a member of the Windsor-Essex Ontario Health Team, and the lead coordinating agency for the application process, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is pleased to mark the next step in our community's journey to become an Ontario Health Team (OHT). In the Spring of 2019, over 40 organizations , including all three hospitals in Windsor-Essex expressed an interest in collaborating on a submission for an Ontario Health Team that would eventually be responsible for providing a connected system of care for the over 400,000 residents of Windsor-Essex.

Today, this collaborative was formally invited by the Ministry of Health to move forward with the next step in becoming an Ontario Health Team. Ontario Health teams are a new way of organizing and delivering care that is more connected to patients and their local communities. The intent is that healthcare providers work as one coordinated team - no matter where the care is being provided - enabling seamless and better integrated care.

Over the past few months the Windsor Essex community has seen the promise of Ontario Health Teams in action through our efforts to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as a coordinated and connected system of health care providers. Although we have a long way to go to fully realize the promise of the Ontario Health Team model, we are very much looking forward to taking this next important step.

"This is exciting news for Windsor-Essex. It is our hope that as a region we will move one step closer to creating a Regional Strategy for Healthcare Planning and Administration, with a focus on improving both the Patient Experience and Patient Outcomes," explained Janice Kaffer, President and CEO of Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare.

To view the Ministry of Health's release regarding the Ontario Health Teams please visit: 

Media Contact:
Nicole Crozier
Manager of Communications, HDGH

About Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare

Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of the Windsor-Essex community through the delivery of patient-centred, valued based care. Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is a unique community hospital offering services in Mental Health and Addictions; Rehabilitative Care; Complex Medical and Palliative Care; and Children and Youth Mental Health. We offer a unique blend of services including but not limited to community and home based services. In collaboration with our healthcare and inter-sectorial partners, Hôtel-Dieu Grace Healthcare is providing care in new ways and in new locations throughout the region to address barriers, improve access and patient outcomes and improve the overall patient experience.