About Us

The ELFHT is seeking informed patients and family members/caregivers to participate in a Patient Advisory Council (PAC).  The purpose of the PAC is to advise the ELFHT leadership on issues affecting patient care and provide feedback on our programs and services. 

An ideal candidate would be someone who is passionate about health care, is in touch with our local patient community and can provide objective feedback on ELFHT programs and Services.

If you are interested in applying to be on the PAC, please ask the second floor reception for an application form. 

The overall composition of our Elliot Lake Family Health Team (ELFHT) is key to our ability to better serve and to provide quality health care to the residents of Elliot Lake and surrounding area.

The organizational chart provided outlines the current structure of the ELFHT.  The team is staffed with 10 physicians, a complement of 23 full-time positions and 9 part-time positions.

The Elliot Lake Family Health Team first opened its doors July 02, 2007 thanks to the hard work and progressive thinking of a group of physicians at three (3) established clinics (Family Health Centre, Mary Walk and Hillside) and city leaders. They recognized the value of combining resources to help them better manage the shortage of physicians and the challenges of managing many patients with multiple chronic diseases.

This is a new approach to primary care and is best described in a recently published research article in the Annals of Family Medicine. Researchers Dr. W. Rosser an Ontario doctor and his colleague Dr. J. Colwill outlined the following features of a family health team as follows:

  • A group of family doctors working alongside other health specialists.
  • The specialists are on site and may include a pharmacist, dietitian, social worker, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, registered practical nurses, respiratory therapist and a chiropodist and others depending on the needs of the community.
  • Benefits of this model are described as follows: patients receive quality care in an environment that provides an improved quality of work life in a fiscally responsible way.

Our Vision

A coordinated, responsive and efficient system of healthcare  improving the well-being of the people of Elliot Lake and surrounding communities.

Our Mission

To work with local partners to advance the health status of our extended community by providing  timely access to quality  healthcare.

St. Joseph's General Hospital

Huron Lodge

Counselling Centre of East Algoma

Algoma Family Services

East Algoma Mental Health

Algoma Public Health

East Algoma Diabetes Service

North Shore Community Support Services

Alzheimer's Society of Canada

Bayshore Home Health

Canadian National Institute for the Blind

The Arthritis Society

Drugstore Pharmacy


Freitag's Pharmacy


Shopper's Drug Mart

What is a family health team?

Family Health Teams are health care organizations that include a team of family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, dietitians, and other professionals who work together to provide health care for their community. Family Health Teams provide more service and a wide range of health options, especially for people who don't have a doctor. Family Health Teams ensure that people receive the care they need in their communities, as each team is set-up based on local health and community needs. They focus on chronic disease management, disease prevention and health promotion, and work with other health care organizations, such as public health units and Community Care Access Centres. Since April 2005, 170 teams have been created across the province. It is expected that the 170 teams will improve access to health care for more than 2.7 million Ontarians. In August 2010 the government announced 30 more teams bringing the total number of Family Health Teams in Ontario to 200.

Who is on the team?

In addition to family doctors, the team also includes Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, a Dietitian, a Social Worker, a Respiratory Therapist, a Chiropodist, as well as other health care providers. Some of these positions are referred to as "Allied Health Professionals" which are people who have expertise in specific ares. You can view a list of these health care providers here.

How does the team approach work?

The team works together with you, to offer health education and promotion, illness prevention, disease diagnosis as well as management and rehabilitation.

Will I still have my family doctor?

Yes. Each patient will still continue to see their family doctor during regular office hours.

Collection of Personal Health Information

We collect personal health information about you directly from you or from the person acting on your behalf. The personal health information that we collect may include, for example, your name, date of birth, address, health history, records of your visits to the Elliot Lake Family Health Team and the care that you received during those visits. Occasionally, we collect personal health information about you from other sources if we have obtained your consent to do so or if the law permits. Uses and Disclosures of Personal Health Information We use and disclose your personal health information to:

  • treat and care for you,
  • get payment for your treatment and care (from OHIP, WSIB, your private insurer or others),
  • plan, administer and manage our internal operations,
  • conduct risk management activities,
  • conduct quality improvement activities (such as sending patients satisfaction surveys),
  • teach,
  • compile statistics,
  • fund-raise to improve our healthcare services and programs,
  • comply with legal and regulatory requirements and fulfill other purposes permitted or required by law.

Your Choices

You may access and correct your personal health records, or withdraw your consent for some of the above uses and disclosures by contacting us (subject to legal exceptions). Important Information

  • We take steps to protect your personal health information from theft, loss and unauthorized access, copying, modification, use, disclosure and disposal.
  • We conduct audits and complete investigations to monitor and manage our privacy compliance.
  • We take steps to ensure that everyone who performs services for us protect your privacy and only use your personal health information for the purposes you have consented to.

How to Contact Us

Our privacy contact is Debra Brothers, CHIM, CIPP/C

For more information about our privacy protection practices, or to raise a concern you have with our practices, contact us at:

Elliot Lake Family Health Team
31 Nova Scotia Walk, Second floor
Elliot Lake, ON P5A 1Y9
(705) 461 – 8882

You have the right to complain to the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario if you think we have violated your rights.
The Commissioner can be reached at:

Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario
2 Bloor Street East, Suite 1400
Toronto, ON M4W 1A8