Our Member Spotlight series introduces the member organizations that have partnered with the Kawartha Lakes Ontario Health team to improve the local healthcare system for our community.
This month we hear from Kawartha North Family Health Team (KNFHT) Executive Director Marina Hodson about how their priorities align with the KL-OHT vision of providing a seamless health system for the people we serve.
About the Kawartha North Family Health Team
Kawartha North Family Health Team was first envisioned in 2006 by a concerned group of community members to increase access to Primary Care in Fenelon Falls and area. Originally operating as Fenelon Family Health Team (FHT), we expanded to include Bobcaygeon and other parts of the Northern City of Kawartha Lakes as well as Trent Lakes and Haliburton County and changed our name to Kawartha North FHT to reflect this expansion.
Since our inception we have moved from a total staff of five – consisting of two Nurse Practitioners, one Registered Nurse, one receptionist and an Executive Director to two locations and more than 20 employees. This new compliment includes one part-time and three full-time physicians and a third Nurse Practitioner.
What is KNFHT currently working on to improve the patient experience in our community?
In line with the Kawartha Lakes OHT, Kawartha North has always strived to work collaboratively with our community partners to address patient needs and highlight gaps in the local healthcare environment whilst working to help our patients navigate the health system. To this end, Kawartha North has brought services such as bloodwork and local walk-in clinics to the communities despite a lack of funding, partnered with the Coboconk Norland and Area Chamber of Commerce in the Summit Wellness Centre development and encouraged providers to bring their services to outlying communities to save patients traveling to Lindsay.