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Provinces call St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team a model for team-based care

Toronto, July 27, 2012

By Heather Brown

The St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team is a model for primary care that could be used across the country, according to a report on health care innovation presented to the premiers this week.

St. Michael's was one of only four centres in the country singled out as a team-based model by the Council of the Federation Working Group on Health Care Innovation.

The working group, led by Premiers Robert Ghiz of PEI and Brad Wall of Saskatchewan, presented its report From Innovation to Action, to the premiers during their annual meeting this week in Halifax.

"It is a great honour to be recognized as one of the leading models for team-based care," said Laurie Malone, executive director of the family health team. "We take pride in being able to provide our patient's with one-stop access to coordinated care and truly believe this model enhances patients’ overall functioning and quality of life."

St, Michael's five family health team locations collectively have 30,000 registered patients, the largest academic family health team in Ontario. The five locations are the Health Centre at 80 Bond St., the Health Centre at 61 Queen St. E., the Health Centre at 410 Sherbourne St., St. Jamestown Health Centre and St. Lawrence Health Centre.

The team is one of the leaders in Canada in bringing together various health care professionals in one location to treat patients collaboratively and to share knowledge about new and innovative practices. The team includes physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, chiropractors, psychologists, social workers, dieticians, pharmacists, dentists, dental hygienists, residents and students from a variety of health disciplines. It puts strong focus on patient self-management of chronic disease with initiatives such as smoking cessation clinics, diabetes nutrition programs, mindfulness medication groups and technology-based education.

About St. Michael’s Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in more than 23 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, and care of the homeless are among the Hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Center, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael’s Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.