What is the Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team?

The Ministry of Health has announced a health system transformation that will see the creation of Ontario Health Teams (OHT) responsible for delivering and governing patient care at the local level.

The Ministry of Health received more than 150 self-assessments from current Ontario health care organizations. The Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team (CKOHT) was one of 31 applicants from across the province chosen to move forward to the full application phase of becoming an official OHT.

On December 7, 2019, the Ministry of Health officially announced the Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team as one of the first 24 OHTs in the province.

Who is involved in the Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team?

There are 15 local health agencies working together as partners in the CKOHT. Additionally, several more agencies have given their support to the CKOHT and intend to become more involved in future phases. Current partners include:

  • Alzheimer Society Chatham-Kent
  • Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton Kent
  • Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
  • Chatham-Kent Community Health Centres
  • Chatham-Kent Family Health Team
  • Chatham-Kent Hospice
  • Erie St. Clair Behavioural Supports Ontario
  • Erie St. Clair LHIN Home and Community Care
  • March of Dimes Canada
  • Municipality of Chatham-Kent
  • St. Andrew’s Residence
  • Thamesview Family Health Team
  • Tilbury District Family Health Team
  • TransForm Shared Services Organization
  • Westover Treatment Centre

Has there been much work happening so far with the Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team?

Yes. Staff, leaders, and patient advisors from each of the phase 1 partners collaborated to support a project steering committee and six work streams that each targeted specific elements of the full application. Using the expertise within our partners ensured our application was reflective of the high-quality programs, services and overall health care being provided to patients across Chatham-Kent, and the opportunities for enhancement that exist by having a strengthened relationship between partners through the CKOHT.

Now, work is beginning to implement some of the plans outlined in our submission to move toward a successful launch. 

What role do patients play in planning for the Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team?

To ensure the patient voice is heard throughout the full application process, we have engaged more than two dozen patient advisors to support our work. Additionally, a patient advisor is one of three CKOHT Steering Committee co-leads.

Will the Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team care for all patients?

The CKOHT’s focus in its first year will be on adults (55+) with at least one chronic disease or dementia or in a palliative state or is complex. This will build on the success of the local Health Links program, which began in 2012, and Coordinated Care Planning which support a patient’s care team to better collaborate, and share information and resources to promote improved health outcomes. Over time, the expectation is to support all patient populations; ensuring high-quality, patient-centred care for the 105,000+ patients in CKOHT catchment area.

So does that mean the partner agencies within the Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team will only provide care for older adults with chronic disease and those who are frail with complex needs?

No. All health care providers will continue to support all patients. Rather, from a planning and health care improvement perspective, the Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team will focus on programs and initiatives that will further enhance care for the year one target populations.

What does the Chatham-Kent Ontario Health Team hope to achieve?

The ultimate goal of the CKOHT is to bring together health care partners from all sectors, including hospital, home and community care, primary care, long-term care and community support agencies to provide seamless, fully coordinated care for patients, while creating a more efficient system.

The CKOHT’s vision is: “Achieving the best health and well-being together.” This principle will drive efforts as we continue to move toward establishing an OHT. The CKOHT will also uphold the Patient Declaration of Values, developed by the Minister of Health’s Patient and Family Advisory Council, which includes respect and dignity, empathy and compassion, accountability and transparency.