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Press Release

January 7, 2010
New Family Health Centre for North Perth a Reality

It is with great excitement and anticipation that the Listowel Memorial Hospital, the Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation, the Listowel Medical Centre, and the North Perth Family Health Team announce the beginning of construction of the Fisher Family Primary Care Centre. The new centre is being named in honor of the Fisher family and their generous contribution toward the capital construction.

Building on a tradition of collaboration and integration, the Listowel Memorial Hospital, Listowel Medical Clinic and the North Perth Family Health Team have worked hard to realize the vision of an integrated local health system designed as a one-campus model. The new Fisher Family Primary Care Centre will house all of the health professionals together in a modern facility to provide ease of access for all North Perth residents and enhance our ability to provide quality primary care services.
In the spirit of collaboration, we wish to acknowledge the support and financial contribution by the Honorable Deb Matthews and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care in helping this dream become a reality. A special acknowledgement goes to John Wilkinson, MPP who has worked tirelessly to support the vision of a family health centre as part of an integrated and local system of health services.
The Fisher Family Primary Care Centre represents a strong community partnership. “The Fisher Family Primary Care Centre is a tribute to the strong local partnerships among our Hospital, Municipality, local physicians, the health care team, the Province and of course, the community of North Perth. We sincerely thank the numerous hard working individuals who have made this possible, and look forward to continuing to provide world class rural primary health care in a new state of the art facility,” says Dr. Rob Annis, Chair, North Perth Family Health Team.
“The Listowel Memorial Hospital is excited to see this project begin construction. This facility will further enhance the excellent working relationship between the Hospital, physicians and North Perth Family Health Team. Having the members of the community health care team in close proximity provides additional opportunities to strengthen relationships and share scarce health care resources. Working closely together will help improve the handoffs between providers and further benefit the patients,” states Kris Dekker, Chair, Listowel Memorial Hospital.
“Investing in front line healthcare is part of our government’s Open Ontario Plan to provide more access to health care services and improve quality and accountability for patients,” stated Wilkinson. “I am proud to be here today to celebrate the new Fisher Family Primary Care Centre. This collaboration between the North Perth Family Health Team, and the Listowel Memorial Hospital will result in a state of the art medical facility for the people of North Perth and area. Our rural community will be stronger as we benefit from the best healthcare as close to home as possible. Thanks to my colleague the Honorable Deb Matthews, for helping to make this happen.
Ron Coghlin, Chair, Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation goes on to state, “The Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation is extremely grateful for the generous community support that has helped make this facility possible. This facility will be owned and operated by the Listowel Memorial Hospital. We hope that the community finds the new Fisher Family Primary Care Centre an asset that they can be proud of. As a Foundation, we are very pleased to see this project underway.”
The Fisher Family Primary Health Care Centre will support the vision of being a leader in the provision of high quality primary health services to our local community. “Our commitment to care and to our community of North Perth has never been stronger,” quotes Mary Atkinson, Executive Director, North Perth Family Health Team.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Friday, January 7, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the new site on Inkerman Avenue (adjacent to Shopper’s Drug Mart). Following the groundbreaking ceremony, an open house reception for the family health team was held at the Out Patient building.

Mary Atkinson
Executive Director
North Perth Family Health Team