Posted on 05/06/2014, 1:58 pm, by mySteinbach

Families in Steinbach and surrounding communities will soon have a new facility that will offer a variety of health-care services in one convenient location. This announcement was made by Health Minister Erin Selby.

“This new clinic will have an increased number of health services available to families giving them greater access to primary care and a team of health-care providers who will work with them bringing them care closer to home,” said Minister Selby.

The province has partnered with the Southern Health-Santé Sud, Bethesda Wellness Inc., Steinbach Family Medical Centre, the City of Steinbach and the Eastman Education Campus to build a new primary care wellness centre in Steinbach.

Construction on the new centre will begin later this spring, with completion set for late 2015, Minister Selby said, adding the new facility will be home to the local QuickCare Clinic, mental-health, home care and health promotion programs, as well as several new health-care professionals, who will be part of the My Health Team-Steinbach Area, Manitoba’s first My Health Team.

My Health Teams will provide primary care to families, the minister said. Each team will be unique and focused on the needs of individuals and families in their communities. My Health Teams create a network of different types of providers who work together with their patients to make care more inclusive and connected for people, she added. Depending on the needs of the community, a team may include providers like doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives, dietitians, mental-health professionals, pharmacists or other health-care providers who may be housed in different locations at times but are connecting to make care as seamless as possible for their patients. Thirteen more My Health Teams will be launched later this year in areas across the province, the minister said.

“We celebrate this initiative which is a testament to the collaboration of multiple partners,” said Kathy McPhail, CEO, Southern Health-Santé Sud. “In addition to enhancing navigation of the health-care system, it will further the development and delivery of co-ordinated primary care services in Steinbach. This model of primary care will also assist the region with increased availability and integration of health-care disciplines with the ultimate goal of providing person-centred care.”

“It is great to see continued health care investment in our city,” said Mayor Chris Goertzen, City of Steinbach. “A new primary health clinic will provide more efficient and effective services which will make the community healthier. This important investment will improve the lives of our citizens.”

Manitoba currently has 23 clinics open, or under development or construction across the province including primary care, community clinics, QuickCare clinics, ACCESS Centres and mobile clinics, the minister said, adding these investments are all part of the province’s plan to help Manitobans have access to a family doctor by 2015.