The province has unveiled the latest group of Ontario Health Teams to be given the green light.

13 additional teams are being set up across the province, including in Sarnia-Lambton.

These teams are a new way of delivering care that brings together health care providers and organizations to work as one coordinated team to improve patient outcomes.

The Sarnia-Lambton OHT is a collaboration between 35 organizations and health care groups in the community.

“Today’s announcement on the creation of the Sarnia-Lambton Ontario Health Team (SL-OHT) is the beginning of an exciting journey to improve healthcare in Sarnia-Lambton,” says Mike Lapaine, President and CEO, Bluewater Health and SL-OHT application steering committee chair. “This is an important step towards improved quality, access, and care for patients across our region. All of our partners are committed to working collaboratively to provide seamless, patient-centric care in our community.”

For the first year, the SL-OHT will focus on transforming care for seniors and advancing transitional age youth mental health and addiction services. Early intervention and increased community-based care are integral goals for both these populations.

Chatham-Kent’s Ontario Health Team was one of the first in Ontario to be approved back in December, 2019.