South Georgian Bay
Top Three Accomplishments
Established collaborations across various levels of care as a first-wave Health Link adopter—including an award-winning OPP / Mental Health Ride Along Program—and continued to expand key partnerships with the development of the Sub-Regional Planning Table.
The successful implementation of a region-wide electronic medical record (EMR), directly integrating the health information systems of the Family Health Team, Community Health Centre, hospital, and other community agencies into a single EMR.
- Implemented a transitional bed program (operated by Helping Hands) to help alleviate acute capacity challenges.
Top Three Challenges in 2018-19
Growing population with the highest rate of seniors 65+
Between 2011 and 2016, South Georgian Bay experienced a 12 per cent increase in its population, making it the fastest-growing sub-region within the LHIN, nearly doubling the growth rate of Barrie and Area. It also has the largest population of individuals who are 65 years of age or older. At 26.7 per cent, this age cohort makes up more than a quarter of the population in the region.
The social determinants of health
The social determinants of health are significant drivers of health care use. Individuals living in the townships of Collingwood and Clearview maintain an average income of $44,601 and $45,144 respectively, which is below the provincial average of $47,915.Comparatively, in Wasaga Beach, the average annual income is roughly 16% lower than its regional counterparts at $38,318. This is the fourth-lowest average income rate of any community in Simcoe County. Planning for the future health care needs in South Georgian Bay must include a holistic approach that is not solely focused on health services, but also addresses the root causes of health care issues including, but not limited to, affordable housing, food security, employment, and social isolation.
Redevelopment of the Collingwood General and Marine Hospital
The Collingwood General and Marine Hospital is currently working to complete its re-development, which is necessary to meet the current and future service demands of the South Georgian Bay sub-region.
Goals for 2019-22
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