PROGRAM AIMS TO PUT ELDERLY PATIENTS AT EASE WITH HEALTH CARE

By Stew Slater - April 13, 2016, Listowel Banner

Stratford - When five or more healthcare professionals converge on the home of an elderly individual, first impressions are most likely that it's not a good thing. But an initiative being led by healthcare providers in Perth and Huron Counties, under the leadership of St. Marys residents Mary Atkinson and Catherine Shackleton, aims to change those first impressions.

On Friday, April 8, a celebration of sorts was held at Stratford General Hospital, at which leaders from a range of healthcare service providers across the two counties were informed about the preliminary successes of a program called Huron Perth Health Link. and, near the conclusion of the get-together, Atkinson - whose day job is the executive director of the Listowel-based North Perth Family Health Team (NPFHT), but who also currently serves as chair of the four-hospital (St. Marys, Stratford, Clinton and Seaforth) Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance (HPHA) - stood before attendees and told them the session was also about building on those successes, and improving how Health Link is being delivered to the public.

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