REIMAGINING ACCESS TO COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE
Local Satellite Health Clinics:
Access to Patient-Centred Healthcare Close to Home
The demand for medical care has never been greater since COVID-19. More people with chronic conditions or with minor issues are being seen in Emergency Rooms, creating long waiting times regularly over 24 hrs.
However, there is an opportunity to replicate the very successful model of the CSVM clinic in Ayer’s Cliff to serve the needs of an underserved rural population and to keep Townshippers healthy.
Our vision is to fund and operate three such clinics in Lennoxville first and then in municipalities such as North Hatley, Compton or others, offering services such as nursing, medical evaluations, blood and urine testing, vaccinations, light medical emergencies and preventive care.
AN URGENT COMMUNITY NEED
An aging population requires illness prevention education that promotes physical activity, healthy lifestyles, mental wellbeing as well as chronic care management. These are services that local, close-to-home facilities can provide in a timely manner. The Foundation anticipates population growth in the range of 5% over the next 2 to 3 years. Combined with the desire for seniors to stay in their homes will put a greater pressure on the health system.
OUR FIRST SATELLITE CLINIC
Our plan is to open the Lennoxville clinic in 2024 and offer our services to the community. Once this clinic is up and running, the Foundation plans to open a North Hatley clinic in 2025 once a location is secured and renovated. Other clinics such as one in Compton will be opened in the next three to four years.
The investment required to establish and operate each satellite clinics is $500,000.