News Release

New Pregnancy Clinic Opens in Thorncliffe Park

Health Access Thorncliffe Park Initiative to Improve Primary Care

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TORONTO, ON (February 2, 2015) – Local partners have come together to improve the health of Thorncliffe Park residents with the opening of a new pregnancy clinic that supports mothers and their babies.

Thorncliffe Park is a common destination for newcomers and one of Toronto’s fastest-growing neighbourhoods. It is unique in many ways, including having the highest birth rate and highest proportion of children under 14 in Toronto.

With the support of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), local health services providers and community groups, including Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, Toronto East General Hospital, Flemingdon Community Health Centre, Southeast Toronto Family Health Team, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and South Riverdale Community Health Centre, have come together to enhance access to care in Thorncliffe Park.

The pregnancy clinic plans to provide 150 mothers and babies with care throughout the pregnancy and six weeks after birth. Women can get connected by contacting Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, visiting or calling the clinic, or through their family doctor or other health care provider. Care will be provided by the physician-nurse team at the pregnancy clinic, the Midwives’ Clinic of East York – Don Mills or referred to specialists if they need more support.

As part of a larger community-driven plan to increase access to culturally-sensitive and coordinated primary care, the Health Access Thorncliffe Park initiative is taking steps to improve two priority areas identified by the community: maternal and newborn care and primary care for frail seniors.

QUOTES

“Our plan for Ontario is centred on investing in people, and that means ensuring that everyone has access to the care they need to flourish. The Thorncliffe Park Pregnancy Clinic will help women in the community get the support they need before, during, and after their pregnancies.”

— Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario

“This important addition of maternal and newborn care will improve the health outcomes in Thorncliffe Park for years to come. Toronto Central LHIN is proud to support this partnership between community groups and health service providers that has identified health care gaps and developed services with the neighbourhood’s needs in mind.”

— Camille Orridge, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Central LHIN

“With the opening of today’s pregnancy clinic, we see a brighter, stronger and healthier future for the residents of Thorncliffe Park. Primary care is a priority for us and we will continue to work with our community to ensure that every resident is connected to much-needed primary health services.”

— Ahmed Hussein, Executive Director, Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office

“We’re proud of the tremendous teamwork between organizations that’s helped to give the best start to the youngest residents of Thorncliffe Park. Toronto East General Hospital is privileged to serve the needs of this community with our partners. We look forward to new opportunities for collaboration as we move to increase access to integrated primary care for the community of Thorncliffe Park.”

— Carmine Stumpo, VP Programs at Toronto East General Hospital

QUICK FACTS
  • In spring 2014, the Toronto Central LHIN worked with local partners to conduct review of the health care needs in Thorncliffe Park.
  • Over 800 community members provided input to the review through focus groups, interviews, questionnaires and small group discussions.
  • Results of the review showed that Thorncliffe Park residents are experiencing poorer health outcomes than residents from other neighbourhoods and have difficulty accessing the health services they need, including basic primary care.

About the Toronto Central LHIN

Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has the highest concentration of health services in Ontario with more than 170 health service providers delivering 210 programs. Toronto Central LHIN is responsible for planning, integrating and funding local health services that meet the needs of 1.2 million residents and thousands of other Ontarians who come to Toronto for care.

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For more information:
Megan Primeau
Communications Specialist | Community Engagement & Corporate Affairs
Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network
Office: 416-969-4916
Mobile: 647-309-8630
megan.primeau@lhins.on.ca