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Annual Report - September 2021

We are pleased to present our Annual Report for 2020-2021!

2021 NORTHERN NEIGHBOURS NURSE PRACTITIONER CLINIC CLOSURES

HOLIDAYDATES
Family DayMonday, February 15th
Good FridayFriday, April 2nd
Easter MondayMonday, April 5th
Victoria DayMonday, February 15th
Canada DayThursday, July 1st
Civic HolidayMonday, August 2nd
Labour DayMonday, September 6th
Thanksgiving DayMonday, October 11th
Remembrance DayMonday, October 11th
Christmas/ New Year’sFriday, December 24th - Friday, December 31st
 
REGULAR BUSINESS RESUMES MONDAY, JANUARY 3RD, 2022
 

Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics (NPLCs) Stats

There are 26 NPLCs across the provice of Ontario. NPLCs are part of the government’s family healthcare strategy and were implemented to increase access to primary care for patients without a regular primary care provider.

Nurse practitioners assess, diagnose, treat and monitor a wide range of health problems using an evidence-based approach to their practice.

88%

of Canadian respondents said they would be comfortable seeing an NP rather than an MD/FD according a survey conducted by Harris-Decima. NPs are overwhelmingly embraced by the public.

74%

of those surveyed said they would be comfortable having an NP do Clinical Performance Examination (CPX) and “regular care.”

20%

of those surveyed had been treated by an NP. Nurse practitioners assess, diagnose, treat and monitor a wide range of health problems using an evidence-based approach to their practice.

80%

of those surveyed thought that expanding the NP role would be a good way to manage healthcare costs.

COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic - March 18, 2021

Our staff received their COVID-19 vaccines in March 2021. So far we have held a total of 3 clinics for the residents of White River.

Annual Report - September 30, 2020

We are pleased to present our Annual Report for 2019-2020!

Grand Opening – September 20, 2019

stbasil2On September 20, 2019 we held our Grand Openings for our clinics. The events took place at both locations to celebrate the fantastic opportunity for both the Township of White River and Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg – formally known as Pic Mobert First Nation.

The Grand Opening for the White River location took place in the morning. Economic Development Officer Sherrie Perron presented on behalf of the clinic and staff. Attending the event included MPP Michael Mantha, Carol Hughes MP, the Mayor of White River – Angelo Bazzoni, as well as members of our Board of Directors Tina Forsyth, Shawna Fedoruk, Sherrie Perron, Crystal Pirie and Dr. Lynne Thibeault as well as all staff and members of the community.

To officially open the clinic, the ribbon cutting included Deputy Chief of Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg Louis Kwissiwa, Mayor of White River Angelo Bazzoni, Arlene McCorry Lead NP, Dr Lynne Thibeault, Malcolm McCormick NP, Clinic Administrator Carolyn Burton, and Algoma-Manitoulin MPP Michael Mantha

Later that afternoon the staff attended the community of Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg. Band Manager Patrick Miller was the master of ceremonies for the event.

All that attended observed the ribbon cutting by Vice Chair for NNNPLC Crystal Pirie, Mayor of White River Angelo Bazzoni, Deputy Chief of Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg Louis Kwissiwa, Councillor Vern McWatch, and interim Health and Social Manager Randal Desmoulin. Attendees enjoyed traditional hand drumming and song; followed by cutting of the cake and refreshments. It was an amazing ceremony and truly an excellent day!

September 20th is definitely marked as a huge success for Northern Neighbours Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic as we look forward to working together to provide quality health care to our communities.

Laying the Groundwork for Growth in White River

August 27, 2019 an article was posted on the Government of Canada’s website – Laying the Groundwork for Growth in White River www.fednor.gc.ca .

The article stated that according to the 2016 Census, the community of White River reported a population of 645. However, with the recent changes in the employment sector, that number has increased to approximately 2000; crediting the opening of the local sawmill.

With this substantial opportunity for the two communities; White River and Pic Mobert First Nation, now known as Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg, it was clear that in order to attract and retain a skilled work force, housing and health care was a priority.

As a result, the Township of White River hired Sherrie Perron through the FedNor Community Investment Initiative for Northern Ontario to address the communities needs as well at their opportunities. A survey was completed by local residents in 2016 indicating that health care and housing was their top priorities.

In 2017 a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by both White River and Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg (Pic Mobert) formalizing a partnership as both communities recognized the need for primary health care in their respective communities. “Northern Neighbours”

Upon receiving provincial funding in 2018 from the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care to establish a Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic (NPLC) – now known as the Northern Neighbours Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic, White River and Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg (Pic Mobert) are now able to offer interdisciplinary primary care services meeting their healthcare needs.

Career Fair – St Basil’s School, White River

On May 6, 2019 Northern Neighbours Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic Staff attended St Basil’s School for a career fair. The staff had a great time speaking with the children about the clinic and the different types of services available.

The children had a great time. They had their height measured, they ask questions and received a goodie bag. They had a chance to use a stethoscope to listen to a heartbeat and with assistance from our Lead NP – Arlene McCorry, they were able to look into their fellow student’s ear canal using an Otoscope. So much fun!

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