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Hintonburg Hub Becomes a Reality!

Today, the Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC), the Champlain Local Health

Integration Network (LHIN), and MPP Yasir Naqvi announced that the Hintonburg Hub is set to

become a reality in our community. After several years of searching for space and funding, the

Centre has purchased a building at 30 Rosemount Avenue, and has also secured operational

funding from the Champlain LHIN, the local health authority agency of the Government of

Ontario. This will allow the SWCHC to expand health care and social services to the western part

of its catchment area, allowing 1,110 new clients access to primary health care at the new

centre.

SWCHC was able to purchase the land using the equity from its existing building at 55 Eccles,

which is a creative and cost-effective way to expand their services without requiring a major

capital investment from the government.

It is receiving approximately $334,000 in annual funding from the Champlain LHIN to operate the

new facility on an ongoing basis.

“When we heard this building was available, we jumped at the chance,” said Vicky Smallman,

Chair of the SWCHC Board. “It was our last, best chance to bring community health care to an

area that has very little capacity to meet the needs of a growing, diverse population. The location

is perfectly placed to become a real hub of health care and social services. It`s a huge win for

this community.”

“The new services will improve the health of people in a currently under-served area of Ottawa,

with an added aim of reducing avoidable emergency room visits,” said Chantale LeClerc, CEO of

the Champlain LHIN. “Because primary care is truly the foundation of our health system, we

know that this expansion will make a significant difference to the lives of Hintonburg families for

years to come.”

“I am very excited that the Government of Ontario, the Champlain LHIN and the SWCHC were

able to come together to make the Hintonburg Hub a reality,” said Yasir Naqvi, MPP for Ottawa

Centre. “Our community has been tirelessly advocating for this project for several years. This is

an innovative partnership that will ensure residents of our community have better access to

health and social services, and complements our government’s Action Plan for Health Care to

provide the right care, at the right time, at the right place.”