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Primary Care Integration and Governance

Spring 2022 to Spring 2024

As part of the transformation currently underway in Ontario’s healthcare system, organizations and community members in Kitchener-Waterloo, Wellesley, Woolwich, and Wilmot (KW4) have come together to form a Ministry of Health approved Ontario Health Team (OHT). At maturity, KW4 OHT's goal is a health and wellness system for all 400,000 residents that offers seamless, interconnected care and continuity across providers, including hospitals, primary care, long-term care, and community agencies.

Project Scope

The KW4 Ontario Health Team will co-design a sustainable model for connection and capacity building in priority neighbourhoods with primary care, specialists, and community providers, along with increasing overall access to preventative care with a focus on reducing inequities.

  • Support primary care providers to better lead, participate in and co-design health system integration activities with a patient-first focus

  • Co-design a governance model

  • Engage in and influence physician recruitment into the KW4 geography

Measuring Success

Project Teams will develop performance measures aligned with the Quintuple Aim to improve: Patient and Caregiver Experiences, Patient and Population Health Outcomes, Provider Experiences, Value and Efficiency, and Health Equity.

Goals and Deliverables

Project Team

Project Co-Lead (Provider): Dr. Neil Naik, Family Physician/Regional Primary Care Cancer Screening and Prevention Lead, WW Region and Chair, Primary Care Council

Project Co-Lead (Community): Under development

Project Manager: Rebecca Petricevic, KW4 OHT

Executive Sponsor

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Dr. Sarah Gimbel, Family Physician

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Leadership Action Committee:

Dr. Bill Kalirai

Grand River Hospital

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Dr. Joe Lee

The Centre for Family Medicine

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Dr. Mary Jackson

St. Mary's General Hospital

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Dr. Patricia Froese

KW FHO

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TK Pritchard

SHORE

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Bounmy Inthavong

Association of Ontario Midwives

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Kayla Or

SHORE

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Dr. Mike Rondilla

Wilfrid Laurier University Student Wellness Centre + Waterloo Region FHO

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Dr. Peter Potts

Grand River Hospital/St. Mary's Hospital

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Wendy Lebold

Woolwich Community Health Centre

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Dr. Colin Yardley

St. Mary's General Hospital

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Dr. Laura Pellow

SHORE Centre

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Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia

eHealth Centre of Excellence

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Rosslyn Bentley

Woolwich Community Health Centre

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Brenda Vollmer*

KW4 OHT

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Jenna Petker

Greater KW Chamber of Commerce

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Dr. Manisha Hladio

KDCHC, Pulse Family Practice

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Dr. Neil Naik

Regional Primary Care Cancer Screening and Prevention Lead, WW Region and Chair, Primary Care Council, KW4 OHT

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Dr. Sarah Gimbel (Chair)

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Rebecca Petricevic*

KW4 OHT

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Cancer Screening Implementation Team:

Amin Hatamnejad

Med Student

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Kate Morgan

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Dr. Laura Pellow

SHORE Centre

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Peter Huan

Med Student

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Uqba Rashid

Cancer Care Ontario, Grand River Hospital

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Rebecca Petricevic

KW4 OHT*

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Anne Phillips

Sanguen Health Centre

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Kayla Orr

SHORE Centre

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Dr. Manisha Hladio

Pulse Family Practice

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Sarah Allarakhia

Med Student

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Dr. Uzma Butto

Coalition of Muslim Women KW

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Caroline Hircock

Med Student

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Kindra Murphy

eHealth Centre of Excellence

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Dr. Neil Naik (Chair)

Regional Primary Care Cancer Screening and Prevention Lead, WW Region and Chair, Primary Care Council, KW4 OHT

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Dr. Sarah Gimbel

New Vision Family Health Team

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Ashnoor Rahim

KW4 OHT*

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Emily Morris

Med Student

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Lori Temple

Grand River Hospital

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Olja Segedi

New Vision Family Health Team

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TK Pritchard

SHORE Centre

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Brenda Vollmer

KW4 OHT*

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*non-voting member

Download the project one-pager 

Rebecca Petricevic

KW4 OHT

Project Manager

Want to learn more? or get involved?

Contact Project Manager, Rebecca Petricevic at rebecca.petricevic@grhosp.on.ca

Check out some of our other resources to find more information about the work of KW4 OHT and our initiatives 

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