What is the ELFHT?

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.