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Partnership aims to improve urban healthcare in Ontario

St. Michael’s Hospital has partnered with Ryerson University and George Brown College to help define the future of urban healthcare.

Toronto, November 27, 2009

Partnership aims to improve urban healthcare in Ontario

St. Michael’s Hospital has partnered with Ryerson University and George Brown College to help define the future of urban healthcare. The partnership aims to better understand the healthcare needs of the urban community, with the goal of faster and more accurate delivery. The partnership is a first between the three downtown institutes, and the result of an Ontario-supported push for collaboration on education, clinical placements and research.

One of the first initiatives was the establishment of St. Michael’s New Family Practice Health Clinic Investigation team. Focusing on health promotion and chronic disease management, the Family Practice team will help patients with behavioural changes to improve outcomes. The team will use new media to improve communications between patients and care providers, and develop resources including books, blogs and websites to further improve patients’ understanding of their condition.

“St. Michael's is delighted to partner with Ryerson and George Brown to explore the best possible ways to define how family practice teams of the 21st century will provide the best patient care possible,” says Bob Howard, MD, President and CEO of St. Michael's Hospital.