January 28th, 2020
Harry Debes Community Health Hub – Port Carling
For the last 2 years the Port Carling Health Hub has offered a summer nurse practitioner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from June to September 1st weekend. This service is for seasonal residents, cottagers, and visitors with no doctor in Muskoka.
This service was funded totally by community donations. Unfortunately, last year there was a shortfall in donations. The total cost for 30 days for a Nurse Practitioner and Administrative Assistant was $17,077.61. The summer NP treated 121 people for a total cost of $141.14 per person.
The Ministry of Health already fund the nurse practitioner and administrative assistant for regular operational hours for the District of Muskoka Health Hubs. The Muskoka Health Hubs were awarded a Gold Metal for excellence from the Ministry for providing health care.
The Port Carling Health Hub is providing service by our permanent nurse practitioner to 750 patients at this time. These are patients that had no health care provider.
Muskoka Lakes has 6,600 permanent residents and over 33,000 in the summer with seasonal & visitors. (many seasonal residents live in Muskoka for 4 to 5 months).
To donate, please send a cheque to the Township of Muskoka Lakes, and in the memo section of your cheque say SUMMER NURSE PRACTITIONER. We have an account with the Township. They will issue a tax receipt for donations of $20 and more.
Township Address: 1 Bailey St., Box 129, Port Carling, ON P0B 1J0
If you require more information, please contact Allen or Linda Edwards at 705-769-2214 or email: email@example.com. (please note between al and linda is an underscore)
Muskoka Community Health Hub project EARNS the Minister’s Medal Honour Roll
The four Muskoka Community Health Hubs sites, Dorset, Port Carling, Wahta First Nation, and the Mobile Unit, provide primary health care and a number of support services to rural communities on the periphery of the District of Muskoka. The Hubs are now entering into their final year of a three year demonstration project.
The Hubs were developed in partnership with the district and municipal governments, a variety of health service provider agencies, and seasonal and permanent residents of Muskoka. This triad approach has resulted in a flexible and responsive system for meeting the health and human support service needs in these rural communities.
The primary objectives include providing primary care and a variety of other health and human support services to people in their home and communities, reducing usage of the ER for care that should be delivered at the primary care level, and to support local community growth and development.
To date, the Hubs have demonstrated consistent and sustained growth in the numbers of patients and community members who use the services. The Hubs have shown success in cost avoidance through reduced hospital ER usage and admissions. The Hubs have also successfully been connecting people to other support services such as mental health, poverty reduction programming, housing support, food security and transportation services. The Hubs plan to continue to expand these types of services they offer, and further program development to meet individual community needs.
The Muskoka Community Health Hubs have demonstrated collaboration in action, between governments, communities, healthcare providers, and healthcare agencies. The Hubs are looking forward to further enhancing community partnerships, program planning, and governance- with patients at the table every step of the way.
Muskoka Community Health Hub: Port Carling
147-3 Medora Street
Hours of operation
*Please Call for an Appointment
Closed Statutory Holidays & Weekends
“Hub”ubaloo: Muskoka Community Health Hubs Update!
What is a Nurse Practitioner’s Scope of Practice?
- Diagnose and treat illness and injury,
- Order and interpret diagnostic tests,
- Make direct referrals to specialists,
- Admit/discharge to and from hospital
- Manage and monitor chronic diseases,
- Cast fractures and reduce dislocations,
- Suture simple lacerations, and
- Prescribe medication with the exception of controlled substances
Examples of Services You can Access at the Health Hubs:
- Prescribe and renew some medications
- Diagnose and treat common episodic illnesses
- Refer patients for diagnostic testing (blood testing, ultra-sound, x-rays, etc.)
- Administer vaccinations and immunizations
- Suture minor cuts or lacerations
- Perform routine health exams for all age groups
- Promote health through counselling and education
- Identify health risk factors and monitor health status
- Monitor chronic illnesses
Your support will make a very positive difference to this important undertaking.
To Donate Send Cheque Payable to:
Township of Muskoka Lakes,
1 Bailey St., Box 129,
Port Carling, ON P0B 1J0
Attn: Nursing Station in memo section of cheque
A separate account for the Muskoka Lakes Nursing Station is held at the Township. Tax receipts will be issued (by post or email) for donations $20 and over.