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IMPROVING ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE FOR FAMILIES IN THUNDER BAY

Gravelle and Mauro announce investment in Northwest Community Health Centre

May 21, 2013 - Ontario is improving access to health care for families in Thunder Bay by enhancing the NorWest Community Health Centre. The NorWest CHC is one of 17 sites across the province that is benefitting from community capital improvement project funding by the Ontario government.

This investment will allow the NorWest CHC to build a 2-storey addition to their existing building. New spaces will include an expanded clinical floor, including additional office space and counseling rooms. There will also be a new reception area, secure entry, elevator, 4 new exam rooms, a community room, child activity room, future expansion spaces and replacement of the HVAC system.

The NorWest CHC opened in 1993 with 12 staff, and has now expanded to 66 personnel – offering mental health, oral hygiene and addictions programming.

The completion of this expanded space will allow more services to be offered.

Community Health Centres focus on helping at-risk populations, those coping with mental health and addictions, and new Canadians, stay healthy. The centres help break down barriers created by poverty, language, geography, and culture, and work to address issues such as transportation, childcare and housing.

Ensuring access to the right care, at the right time and in the right place supports Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care, and is part of the new Ontario government’s efforts to build a strong economy and a fair society for the benefit of all.

QUOTES
“Our government is committed to providing high quality healthcare services for all Ontarians. By expanding and improving the NorWest Community Health Centre our government is ensuring that families across Thunder Bay have access to the right care, in the right place, at the right time.” - Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay-Superior North


“Our government is committed to building a vibrant province with opportunities for everyone — and health care is the basic building block of a fair society. We’re pleased to be supporting community-governed health centres, which provide services tailored to the unique needs of the populations they serve.” - Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan

“This is a significant investment, not only for the city of Thunder Bay, but also for the District. Rural communities and partners will continue to benefit from Mobile Health Services that are based out of the Thunder Bay Site. We will now have adequate space to house the many programs we offer.”- Wendy Talbot, CEO NorWest Community Health Centre

“We are pleased to acknowledge the continued good work of the NorWest Community Health Centre. This expansion will support NorWest CHC’s ongoing efforts as a primary care provider that is always responsive to the needs of the community and the District it serves.”- Laura Kokocinski, CEO North West LHIN

“Community Health Centres play a vital role in helping Ontarians get the care they need, close to home. These new renovations for the NorWest Community Health Centre will ensure improved access to high quality health care and other services for local residents.”- Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

QUICK FACTS
The NorWest Community Health Centre is one of 17 sites across the province that will benefit from community capital improvement projects this year.

There are 101 community health centres throughout Ontario providing quality care to more than 300,000 people.

LEARN MORE
The Association of Ontario’s Health Centres is the voice for community-governed primary health care in Ontario.

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