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Ontario Building a New Wellness Centre for an expansion of Kawartha North Family Health Team and Com

HEATHER HUME, Office of Laurie Scott, MPP Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock

COBOCONK: The Ontario government is investing $175,000 to support the planning for a new wellness centre which will include the services of the Kawartha North Family Health Team, in partnership with the Coboconk, Norland & Area Chamber of Commerce. Located in Coboconk, halfway between hospitals in Lindsay and Minden, the new wellness centre will help provide patients, in the surrounding areas, with care in one location, which is conveniently closer to home.

“This funding is great news for communities in Kawartha Lakes and a critical first step in getting the new Summit Wellness Centre underway in Coboconk,” said Laurie Scott, MPP for Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock. “We’re one step closer to being able to provide important health care services closer to home and all under one roof.”

This expansion will enhance the community’s ability to provide patient care and promote health and wellness to the surrounding communities in the northern part of the Kawartha Lakes. This will help alleviate the strain on existing health care services, including the emergency departments in these communities, where many residents are currently seeking care which could be treated in a primary care setting.

“We are thrilled to be working with the Coboconk, Norland & Area Chamber of Commerce on this initiative, to expand much-needed health and wellness services in the area,” stated Marina Hodson, Executive Director Kawartha North FHT.

“The Summit Wellness Centre will be a hub for community health and community space for the under-served northern areas of Kawartha Lakes,” said Ian Forster, Chair of the Coboconk, Norland & Area Chamber of Commerce. “By working together with other community organizations and the Kawartha North Family Health Team, the Centre will deliver a range of vital wellness services to the community.”

“Patients and community residents will have more accessible and higher quality care in one centralized location,” shared Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “With this investment, we’re continuing to ensure patients and families have access to the high-quality care they deserve, right in their community.”

The Summit Wellness Centre will promote collaboration between the Kawartha North Family Health and other health service providers, to improve access to high-quality, timely community-based programs and services.

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