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South West Primary Care Alliance


Sub-Region Team

  • Dr. Kellie Scott - Sub-region Clinical Lead
  • Amber Alpaugh-Bishop, Sub-region Director, South West LHIN
  • Cindy Payne - Director, Home & Community Care, South West LHIN
  • Jana Fear - Health System Planner, South West LHIN
  • Indigenous Sub-Region - Vacant
  • Mental Health and Addictions - Linda Sibley Executive Director, Addiction Services Thames Valley
  • Public Health - Dr. Joyce Lock Medical Officer of Health, Southwestern Public Health
  • Long Term Care - Michele Harris Administrator, Elgin Manor and Bobier Villa
  • Community Support Services - Adrienne Vanderweg Senior Manager, Community and Family Support Services at VON
  • Primary Care - Administration Claudia Mior Executive Director, East Elgin Family Health Team
  • Primary Care - Dr. Melissa Tenbergen Co-Chair, Elgin Primary Care Alliance
  • Hospital - Mary Stewart Vice President, St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital
  • Patient/Family/Caregiver - Judith Desjardins
  • Patient/Family/Caregiver - Shirley Biro
  • Patient/Family/Caregiver - Mike Lang
  • Mennonite Community - Abe Harms Executive Director, Mennonite Community Services
  • Social Services - Elizabeth Sebestyen Director, St. Thomas Elgin Social Services

Newsletter Update - December 2018

Elgin Primary Care Newsletter from Co-Chairs - Dr. Kellie Scott & Dr. Melissa Tenbergen 

Please stay connected! Contact Kellie or Melissa with any issues you would like to bring forward.

Minutes and Slide Decks from our previous meeting are here  

Future meeting will be held in conjunction with Primary Care Rounds - now at Southwestern Public Health 3rd Wed of the month from 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

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What is GeriMedRisk?
A non-profit interdisciplinary geriatric pharmacology and psychiatry consultation service that supports physicians, pharmacists and nurse practitioners to optimize their older patients' medications and mental health

Click here for a GeriMedRisk Summary
Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about GeriMedRisk

SWPCA - Elgin Events

For those living and working with kids 5-14. The "ASK" Workshop (Assessing for Suicide in Kids)
This one-day workshop challenges commonly held notions about children's' capacity to consider suicide. It facilitates awareness of the signs that a young child may be at risk and what is needed to help.

Participants are typically helpers who routinely come into contact with children age 5-14

Click here for more information

Planning the Future State of Healthcare for Frail Seniors in Elgin

When: January 23, 2019, 9:00AM - 3:00PM
Where: St. Thomas, Ontario (location TBD)
Who should attend: Older adults, caregivers, and heath care professionals interested in improving care for older adults

This is a FREE event, and lunch is included. Your perspective is important.

Click here for more information

Katlyn Ross introduced herself this month at Primary Care Rounds. She is the new Geriatric Resource Nurse for Elgin . She can offer comprehensive geriatric assessments for frail seniors in Elgin who may have difficulty getting to appointments. To refer to her, use the Geriatric Ambulatory Access Team Referral Form (PDF) or GAAT Telus EMR Custom Form

Speaking of forms....the South West Digital Coalition is here to help relieve you from some of the burden of so many forms needed in primary care. This group will review forms, give feedback on them and create pdf and EMR versions for distribution to your offices on a quarterly basis. If you encounter a request to use a new form or need a form developed into a digital version, contact the Digital Coalition team. Check out what they've started with here

Archived Newsletters

 Newsletter Update - November 2018

Newsletter includes: New Colorectal Screening Tests| Transition to FIT Dinner Events | Family Doctors Caring for Docs | MyChart
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 Newsletter Update - September 2018

Newsletter includes: Continuity of Care Policy Consultation | Helping people with mental health disabilities access ODSP | Arthritis Awareness Month | Accessing Comprehensive Geriatric Assessments
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 Newsletter Update - July 2018

Newsletter includes: Home and Community Care Coordinators | The Health Links Team | Bounce Back Ontario | MAID Navigator | London's Ambulatory Psychiatry e-referral process | Big White Wall
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 Newsletter Update - April 2018

Newsletter includes: Addiction Services | Clinic 217 | Primary Care Addiction Toolkit | Academic Detailing | SouthWestern Public Health | Opioid Prescriptions | Schulich Physician Examiners
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 Newsletter Update - March 2018

Newsletter includes: e-consult | Managing the Bariatric Surgery Patient | SW LHIN Specialist Directory | Annual Dr.McLay Miller Dinner
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 Newsletter Update - February 2018

Newsletter includes: Home and Community Care in Elgin | Try an e-consult | MSK Strategy | SW LHIN MRI Forms | OCFP Awards
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