Patients with Heart Disease Now Have Access to New Cardiac Care Services in Sarnia/Lambton

Residents of Sarnia/Lambton now have access to new cardiac care services through the creation of the Heart Failure Clinic at the North Lambton Community Health Centre. Thanks to an investment of $122,700 by the Erie St. Clair LHIN, people who have experienced heart failure can now access services dedicated to improving the management of their cardiac care.

Through this investment, the North Lambton Community Health Centre has appointed a Nurse Practitioner to provide efficient, community-based, access to specialized care in a standard multidisciplinary heart failure clinic model.  Primary Care Providers and Specialists will work collaboratively with the Nurse Practitioner to share in important aspects of care for patients.  

Over the last two decades, heart failure has been recognized as a significant challenge in both hospitals and in the community.  According to the Cardiac Care Network, appropriate management and support of heart failure in the community is critical to ensuring optimal quality of life for patients and their caregivers, while minimizing the burden on Ontario’s health care system.

The North Lambton Community Health Centre has committed to work with community partners to establish an inter-professional collaborative model of patient care between the Nurse Practitioners, Cardiologists, Internal Medicine Specialists, Primary Care Providers, and existing Allied Health teams to deploy a “hub and spoke” organization of team care.  Services will be based on individual patient needs, incorporate the latest best practices, and give patients the tools to self-manage their disease.  

The development of the new Heart Failure Clinic is possible thanks to the partnership between the North Lambton Community Health Centre and the Mackenzie Clinic Vascular Protection and Cardiac Rehabilitation Program. Through this alignment the clinic is posed to aid many people in the community, and its success will form the springboard for future development.

For more information about the Heart Failure Clinic, contact:

Kathy Bresett 
Executive Director 
519-786-4545 Ext. 240 

Leah Willemse
Quality & Performance Team Lead
519-786-4545 Ext. 311

QUOTES

“By making people-focused investments, organizations such as the Lambton Community Health Centre can drastically improve a persons’ quality of life by helping them to properly manage their individual health conditions. This investment makes the difference between being alive and living life to its fullest.”
- Ralph Ganter, Acting CEO, Erie St. Clair LHIN

 “We are delighted to bring to announce a new program in Sarnia-Lambton to improve health care for patients with heart disease. We are looking forward to the opportunity this program will provide for community collaboration, improved performance targets and care for patients living with heart failure in Sarnia/Lambton.”
- Kathy Bresett, Executive Director, North Lambton Community Health Centre


LEARN MORE

  • The North Lambton Community Health Centre is a non-profit, community-governed organization that provides primary health care, health promotion and community development services to Lambton County. For more information about the North Lambton Community Health Centre, visit www.nlchc.com 
  • For more information on the Erie St. Clair LHIN, please visit: www.eriestclairlhin.on.ca