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Bancroft Family Health Team (BFHT) Receives Eastern Ontario Development Program Support

Bancroft Family Health Team

Regarding the BFHT's Project:
“One of the most important aspects of this program is removing barriers to care for those patients that are the most vulnerable and unable to attend out of town appointments. Patients that are facing many challenges such as poverty, lack of transportation, and employment security were previously not able to get advanced specialist health care before this program was implemented.”
  Sandra McGrath, Executive Director
  Bancroft Family Health Team

The Bancroft Family Health Team will benefit from an investment announced April 27, 2017 by Community Futures Development Corporation (CFDC) of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin and Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings−Lennox and Addington.

The CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin is pleased to provide support to the Bancroft Family Health Team with an investment of $88,000 over two years under the Eastern Ontario Development Program’s Community Innovation stream. The funding will support technological innovation. Through this project, local healthcare services have been expanded, utilizing technology to provide remote access to specialists in urban centres. The project has resulted in three new jobs and the strengthening of two existing jobs, which will benefit Bancroft and area.

Commenting on the project, Dr. Carolyn Brown, a Bancroft, ON physician, said, “This technology opens up a world of possibility. Rather than having to spend the day going to the city for a specialist appointment, at least some of these visits can now take place at our new medical centre, right here in Bancroft.”

This project provides the Bancroft Family Health Team the option to offer some of these appointments in their facility through the use of cutting edge technology. By using telemedicine and video conferencing, patients now have better access to specialized medical care.

With up to 44 specialist appointments and consults conducted per month via this project, the Bancroft Family Health Team are ensuring that patients have access to specialists without the hassle, expense and disruption of having to travel to see them. Both patients and staff have been able to utilize the new technology for specialized medical consultation and training. Virtual health care is available in Bancroft and we are seeing remarkable results such as:

• Reduced waiting times
• Job creation
• Economic impact of reduced costs, time and travel expenses for patients
• Removal of barriers to care for our isolated rural region impacted by the social determinants of health
• Decreased work absences for medical appointments, reduction in staff training and travel costs, increase in staff productivity for employers

This telecommunication and information technology is available to professionals, staff and other community agencies to access training without leaving the area. This project illustrates how the Bancroft Family Health Team is “intimately connected with the community.”

The Eastern Ontario Development Program (EODP) advances economic development in rural eastern Ontario. Through EODP, Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario) is collaborating with Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in eastern Ontario to promote the growth of new and existing businesses and community organizations in rural communities.

Quick Facts

• For over 35 years, the Bancroft Family Health Team’s physicians have served the community with collaborative, comprehensive healthcare. Leaders of innovative healthcare initiatives, like Disease Management and Prevention Programs, health professionals and mixed expert board help patients take control of their health. As a teaching site for medical residents and a variety of other professionals, programs are vital in recruiting doctors and qualified health care staff to our rural area. Recipients of the 2016 Transformative Change Award – Rural Hastings Health Link.
• CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin is one of the 15 CFDCs in eastern Ontario funded by FedDev Ontario. CFDCs deliver a wide variety of programs and services to support community economic development and small business growth. They employ local staff and are each governed by a volunteer board of directors, made up of local residents representing the community.
• CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin has provided $37.5 million in loans to 860 local businesses and community organizations in just 25 years.
• CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin has provided $900,000 in non-repayable contributions to Business and Community Organizations in the previous two years.

Quotes

“Our Government is committed to creating good jobs through investing in small business and healthcare innovation. Investments in innovative technology in organizations like the Bancroft Family Health Team allow rural residents to access specialists in urban areas without the expense of travelling. Healthcare in rural areas can be a challenge so it is imperative that we continue to innovate to increase access to medical professionals in our communities. I couldn’t be happier that this investment will result not only in better care for residents in Bancroft, but also create jobs.”
-Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament, Hastings-Lennox and Addington

“Community Futures is proud of the work being done by the Bancroft Family Health Team, a rural innovator. Through the use of technology and training, our residents have better access to medical care with this investment to expand their services and training through the Eastern Ontario Development Program. Congratulations to the Bancroft Family Health Team!”
-Jim Etmanski, Chair CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin

“One of the most important aspects of this program is removing barriers to care for those patients that are the most vulnerable and unable to attend out of town appointments. Patients that are facing many challenges such as poverty, lack of transportation, and employment security were previously not able to get advanced specialist health care before this program was implemented.”
-Sandra McGrath, Executive Director Bancroft Family Health Team

Associated Links

• Eastern Ontario Development Program
• CFDC of North & Central Hastings and South Algonquin
• Bancroft Family Health Team

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