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Additional Dollars For Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic

News Release for local2 sault ste. marie
June 18th, 2012 at 5:57pm


The Province is continuing to increase access to local front-line health care with additional funding for the Algoma Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic’s annual base budget, which began at $1,140,972, when it opened last year, as well as receiving over $1.1 million for capital construction and equipment. For the 2012-2013 budget year the clinic has been allocated $1,182,358 an increase in funding of $54,886 since opening and the clinic will begin accepting another round of new patients starting next week, David Orazietti, MPP announced today.

“Since 2003, our government has substantially increased access to primary care and our investments in local front-line care facilities, such as the Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic and the Superior Family Health Team, are providing greater care for more residents,” said Orazietti. “This increase in annual base funding for the Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic is the next step in our plan to ensure every resident in Sault Ste. Marie has access to a primary health care provider and it has the added benefit of relieving pressure on the hospital.”

“These additional funds will be essential for expanding services to the patients of the Algoma Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic,” said Debbie Graystone, President of the Board of Directors. “As our clinic continues to develop, increasing services for our growing patient population has been a priority of the board and staff; this funding increase will allow us to better address these needs.”

“The timing of this funding increase is excellent as we prepare for our next wave of patient registration,” said Rita Mannarino, NP Lead. “Patient registration re-opens on Tuesday June 26th at 9:00AM and we look forward to connecting more unattached patients in the community to a nurse practitioner for their primary care.”

The current provincial government has increased health care funding by 65 percent or $19.2 billion since 2003, increased medical school training spaces by 38 percent, increased nurse practitioner training spaces by 135 percent, opened the first new medical school in 30 years, more than doubled the number of training spaces for foreign trained doctors and licensed more new physicians than at any other time in Ontario's history. Since 2003 doctor’s salaries alone have increased by 85% or $5.1 billion. These investments have resulted in major local progress that includes:

· The Superior Family Health Team opened on April 1, 2011 with 3 physicians and it has added 2 new doctors since who have rostered 3,900 orphan patients, bringing the total roster size to 5,300 patients. The health team is accepting 2,000 more local patients over the next year and they continue to accept patients through Health Care Connect.

· The Algoma Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic has registered nearly 1000 patients since opening in October 2011 and it recently announced that it will begin its next round of accepting patients

· The Physician Recruitment and Retention Committee has recruited 71 physicians since the inception of the program in 2002, 48 of which were recruited in the last 5 years and include 31 specialist doctors and 17 family physicians.

In addition, in order to attract more physicians to the North, the province created the Northern and Rural Recruitment and Retention Initiative (NRRRI) and the Postgraduate Return of Service Program, which are already responsible for attracting several more physicians to Sault Ste. Marie. Ontario is also the first province to invest in Nurse Practitioner-led Clinics and the province has created important programs, such as Health Care Connect, to accelerate the process of finding a family doctor.

The Northern Ontario School of Medicine is helping deliver more health care professionals to the community while also having the added benefit of providing the opportunity for medical students from Sault Ste. Marie to return home and work in the community; over the past twelve months 70 medical learners have spent time in the Sault being trained by our local physicians, nine of which are originally from the community.

Landmark provincial investments that are improving health care in Sault Ste. Marie include:

·$408 million for new Sault Area Hospital including the only stand alone cancer radiation therapy bunker in Northern Ontario

·Two new Family Health Teams to expand primary care services in Sault Ste. Marie

·$41 million or 45% increase in annual base funding to Sault Area Hospital

·$40 million for 256 bed long-term care home

·$38 million for new Group Health Centre Contract

·$31 million in additional funding to SAH for patient services

·$13.2 million to reduce wait times

·$8.3 million for Algoma Public Health Building and 50% increase in public health funding

·$7.4 million for Home Care and Community Support Services

·$3.7 million for new medical equipment

·$3 million to reduce Emergency Room Wait Times North Eastern Ontario

·$2.8 million to build Algoma Residential Community Hospice (ARCH)

·$2.2 million for EMS Response Centre

·$1.6 million to expand Group Health Centre Willow Avenue site

·$1.5 million Nurse Practitioner-led clinic at Sault College

·$744,000 for Group Health Centre Vascular Intervention Program (VIP)

·$676,899 for local physician incentives and a Chief Nursing Officer at Algoma Public Health

·$216,000 annual funding for Group Health Centre/SAH Cardiac Rehabilitation Program


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