North Western Toronto Ontario Health Team
The Ontario government is building a healthcare system centred around patients, families and caregivers. Patients will receive all of their care, including primary care, hospital services, mental health & addiction services, long-term care, and home and community care from one team. Key to the new system is the creation of Ontario Health Teams, groups of healthcare providers that will work together as one coordinated team to meet your needs across all different areas of care. These changes will strengthen local services, making it easier for patients to get the care they need when they need it and to move between providers when necessary.
Runnymede Healthcare Centre, along with 13 partner organizations covering a broad scope of services, have partnered to form the North Western Toronto Ontario Health Team (NWT OHT). On December 4, 2019 the NWT OHT was named by the Government of Ontario as one of the first OHTs in the province to move forward and help build this new model of care.
For more information on the North Western Toronto OHT:
About Ontario Health Teams (OHTs)
Patients will receive all of their care, including primary care, hospital services, mental health & addiction services, long-term care, and home and community care from one team. Providers within an OHT will have the same rules around care and accountability and will share funding
- Provide coordinated care to better understand your needs and reduce administrative duplication
- Offer 24/7 access to care and help using the system
- Put cost savings toward frontline care
- Take a digital-first approach, enabling patient and provider access to health information and virtual care
Goals of the new system
The “Quadruple Aim” is a guideline used to design and deliver an effective health care system. The four goals of the Quadruple Aim are:
- Better experience for patients
- Better experience for healthcare providers
- Improve overall health of Ontarians
- Provide value for tax payers
Ultimately, the goal is to make it easier to get the care you need when you need it.
Patients, families, caregivers and community members are partners in the establishment of Ontario Health Teams. As we make decisions about how to structure our programs and services, your input is important.
We asked our community how we could provide more patient-centred care, and this is what we heard.
The North Western Toronto OHT Partners
- Humber River Family Health Team
- Black Creek Community Health Centre
- Unison Health and Community Services
Secondary Care/Emergency/Lab & DI/Midwifery
- Humber River Hospital
Rehabilitation and Complex Care
- Runnymede Healthcare Centre
- West Park Healthcare Centre
Home and Community Support Services
- SE Health
Mental Health and Addictions
- LOFT Community Services
- Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Toronto Branch
- Addiction Services for York Region
Residential Long Term Care and Community Services
- Villa Colombo Toronto
The Ministry of Health received more than 150 applications from interested teams across Ontario. Of those, 31 teams were asked to submit a full application as a next step to becoming an Ontario Health Team. The plan is to form 30-50 OHTs across the province over time, selected through a self-assessment submission.