Durham Ontario Health Team (OHT) announces new Primary Care Partner

Posted on Friday November 22, 2019

Durham OHT continues to collaborate to support integrated care

Durham –The Durham Ontario Health Team (OHT) is excited to announce that the 41 physicians from the Clarington Family Health Organization (FHO) formally joined the Durham OHT.

The Clarington FHO is an important partner in supporting the vision of the Durham OHT and to ensure people in east Durham have access to seamless, team based care.

OHTs are a new model for coordinating and delivering people-centred health care and are part of the provincial government’s health system plan and People’s Healthcare Act, 2019.

The Durham OHT included representation from primary care physicians in the development of the full application, especially in helping co-design the integrated care model for key populations and Year 1 change initiatives. Continuing to engage and share information with primary care physicians across the Region is essential to the success of the Durham OHT.

The Durham OHT will continue to foster collaboration and communication amongst all health care providers and will provide opportunities for increased access to patient information as well as clinical and data standardization which will support providers to work as one coordinated team to improve health and social care.

The core group involved in the Durham OHT’s full application submission is comprised of 18 signatory organizations from across the care continuum, there also broad support from more than 70 health care partners across Durham, representing various organizations in the health, social services, education and private sectors.

The Ministry of Health is expected to announce the province’s first OHTs in late November 2019.


“Participation of primary care physicians is critical to support successfully providing connected care to the people we serve in Durham Region,” said Matthew Anderson, Lakeridge Health President and CEO. “We are pleased to have the 41 primary care physicians from Clarington FHO formally join the Durham OHT as their involvement and active participation will continue to strengthen our ability to improve health outcomes of our local communities.”

“The Clarington Family Health Organization (FHO) is very excited to be joining the Durham OHT as a formal partner”, said Dr. Tony Stone, Lead Physician, Clarington FHO. “This is a wonderful opportunity for us, as a group of primary care providers, to strengthen our partnerships with the hospital, community health care agencies, social services and patients as we work to enhance access and coordination of care for the people of Clarington and Durham Region.”

“I am excited to see the collaboration of the Durham OHT partners as we develop a new model for coordinating and delivering people-centred health care for our local community,” said Dr. Ed Osborne, local family physician, Clarington FHO, and Regional Palliative Care Lead for the Central East Regional Cancer Program. “It is critical that partners continue to work together as a team to ensure patients are at the centre of care, at any stage in their life.”

“I am excited about participating in this process of building our Ontario Health Team and I know
the members of our Clarington FHO have an important role to play in our community in continuing to provide excellent primary care as this new process develops.” Dr. Harvey Williams, Physician, Clarington FHO.

For more information on the OHT process, please visit the Ministry of Health website.

For more information on the Durham OHT process, please our Durham Ontario Health Team page.

Media Contacts

Lisa Kitchen
Durham OHT support
Phone Number: 905.576.8711
Email Address: lkitchen@lh.ca


Durham Ontario Health Team Signatory Organizations

  • Alzheimer Society Durham Region
  • Brock CHC
  • Carea CHC
  • CBI Home Health
  • Clarington Family Health Organization
  • Community Advantage Rehabilitation Inc.
  • Community Care Durham
  • Complex Injury Rehab
  • Durham Mental Health Services
  • Grandview Children's Centre
  • Lakeridge Health
  • March of Dimes Canada
  • Medical Associates of Port Perry
  • North Durham FHT
  • Partners in Community Nursing
  • Regional Municipality of Durham
  • SE Health
  • Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada, Ontario Branch, Durham Site