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Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre

a part of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services
North Lanark Community Health Center Road Sign Parents and children hold their certificates to celebrate the completion of the families get together program A large crowd of community members wait for the unveiling of the Donation wall in the reception area of the Community Health Centre The first and current chair of the board unveil a stain glass donation wall to recognize financial donations made to the North Lanark Community Health Centre

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Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services (LRHCS) is seeking new members for our Board of Directors.

Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services (LRHCS) is a fully accredited organization representing Lanark Community Programs, the North Lanark Community Health Centre and the Whitewater-Bromley Community Health Centre. LRHCS is a vibrant organization which oversees the provision of a broad range of services, including primary care, health promotion, mental health, peer support, and developmental services, in support of the health and well-being of members of our rural communities.

We are seeking Board Members who have a strong desire and commitment to improve the health and well-being for all members of our community, and especially for those who experience health inequities. This year, we are placing emphasis on attracting people who are familiar with community and health issues in Renfrew County, and people who have personal or professional experience with developmental services in either Lanark or Renfrew Counties.
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LRHCS Annual Report

On May 24, 2017, 55 Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services Staff, Board and Community Members came together at Calabogie Peaks Resort to celebrate some of the successes we have realized as our current 5-year strategic plan comes to a close, and to lay the groundwork for setting our priorities for the coming years.
This gathering provided a tangible and powerful reminder of the great things that can be accomplished when a group of thoughtful, dedicated, skilled and determined people are aligned behind a common vision, mission and set of beliefs.
Every Part of this integrated Organization - Lanark Community Programs, North Lanark Community Health Centre and Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre – plays a vital role in supporting individuals and communities across Lanark and Renfrew Counties, to achieve and maintain their best possible health and social well-being.
It has been my honour to serve on the Board of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services for the past 6 years, most recently as Board Chair, and to be part of the evolution of this great organization.
Keep in mind as you read the stories in this Annual Report, that they serve as a starting point for the challenges we have faced and the successes we have enjoyed these past 5 years, but only provide a glimpse at the depth, breadth and scope of the work of LRHCS. As always, the work keeps on coming, and I have deep faith that the staff, volunteers and new members of the Board will have their own share of successes if we remain united in our purpose.
 
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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Date:  Tuesday, June 20th, 2017
 
Time:  6:15 p.m. Gathering & Refreshments
          6:30 p.m. AGM Meeting
Place: Lanark Community Programs,
          30 Bennett Street, Carleton Place

Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services is a fully accredited non-profit, community governed organization whose purpose is to support the people and communities we serve in achieving and maintaining their best possible health and social well-being.

This year we are pleased to announce that Brenda Kennett will honour us with a presentation on “Archaeological Glimpses into the Indigenous Settlement of Lanark-Renfrew”. Brenda’s talk will examine some of the archaeological sites in Lanark and Renfrew Counties that provide insights into the 10,000 years of Indigenous settlement in the region. Brenda is a local citizen and archaeologist who provides cultural resource management services for clients including federal, provincial and municipal governments, developers and private individuals.
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Primary Care Services Return to Cobden

In celebration of Community Health and Well-Being Week, we are pleased to announce that the Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre – a part of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services, is re-introducing some primary care services to the Cobden site – effective immediately.  John Jordan, Executive Director of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services celebrates this milestone. “Since 2010, Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services has been actively working towards re-establishing primary care services in Cobden. This has been a long time coming, and something we know will be well-received by the community. It has taken us many steps to get here – we have completed extensive renovations to the existing building, increased our communications infrastructure between the Beachburg and Cobden sites, and increased the number and variety of health-focused programs available at the Cobden site. The re-establishment of some primary care services in Cobden is another way for us to improve access to the community.” 

Marion Graves, Director of Health Services at the Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre is excited about this development. “Utilizing the resources of one Nurse Practitioner and one Registered Nurse, we will be making appointments with clients through our main reception desk located in Beachburg. Clients who are registered with Nurse Practitioner Tricia MacKay will have the opportunity to attend appointments every Monday in Cobden if preferred.  Registered Nurse Margaret Cliché will offer wellness visits from the Cobden site as well as delivering programs such as chronic disease management, weight management and smoking cessation.  Urgent care services will not be delivered at the Cobden site, but clients may continue to access this service at the Beachburg location”.

The Cobden site will continue to offer all of the programs and services that have been established over the past few years, including the fitness and low mobility exercise classes, social work programs, lab services and the services of the respiratory therapist.  Dr. Steven Olsen will continue to provide chiropractic services at this site as he has since 2015. Other community partners, such as Shirley Hill (foot care), Heidi  Hader (massage therapy) and Patrick and Diane O’Kane-McHugh (yoga), will continue offering services from the Cobden site.

Further expansion of primary care services requires financial support from the Champlain LHIN. Addressing the need for additional primary care services remains a priority for Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services. We will continue submitting funding applications, conducting data analysis and participating in advocacy efforts in order to increase primary care and health promotion programs and services in the community. As part of our commitment to accessibility in health care, we know that the community will welcome and support these efforts.

For more information about our programs and services, please contact Marion Graves, Director of Health Services at Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre at 613-582-3685.
 
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2015 - 2016 Annual Report

We are pleased to introduce you to the work of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services (LRHCS) through our 2015-2016 Annual Report. LRHCS is an umbrella organization created through the integration of Lanark Community Programs, North Lanark Community Health Centre and the Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre. Together we play a vital role in helping individuals of all ages, from communities across Lanark and Renfrew Counties, live better lives. We do this by helping people in our rural communities have healthy babies and raise healthy children; learn how to navigate the system to access services they are entitled to (and be accessible when they want and need our support); get connected and supported when they are struggling with developmental disabilities or mental health issues; have ready access to primary and allied health care providers close to home; learn how to manage chronic or complex health and medical conditions (i.e. anxiety, asthma, autism, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and speech and language difficulties); participate in group programs that help them learn new skills or refine existing skills to improve their own health and well-being; meet new and supportive friends, and get involved more actively in community life.

This past year, we have been especially busy responding to changes in provincial health and social service policies. These changes are intended to be transformational – to reduce health inequities, to address systemic barriers, to achieve better health outcomes, to safe-guard public funds, and to ensure a more seamless people-centred system for planning and delivering primary care, home care, community services and mental health and addictions services. The role of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services is to champion this change with our local, regional and provincial partners – and in so doing, we are actively involved in monitoring, participating, and advocating that the unique circumstances and needs of rural citizens and rural communities are addressed.

The implementation of provincial policy has already resulted in changes to funding models and accountability requirements by the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, the re-design of mental health and addictions services as prescribed by the Southeast LHIN, the continuation and development of Health Links, and the integration of Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) into the LHINs as part of the “Patient’s First” doctrine. The concept of rural Health Hubs and LHIN Sub-Regions will most likely result in additional changes in the near future.

As you read the stories in our Annual Report, you’ll see many examples of how LRHCS is already a champion for the health and well-being of rural residents and rural communities. We do it through the engagement and training of peer supporters with lived- experience of mental health challenges, the wildly popular and volunteer-led exercise classes for seniors, the intensive and skilled supports provided to children with speech and language or developmental delays and their parents, the lifechanging encouragement and information provided to people newly diagnosed with diabetes, or the adoption of an evidence-based memory clinic for our ageing population. Our staff, board and volunteers have been putting people first since we first opened our doors.

This coming year, we anticipate that we will be facing more changes and challenges as provincial policies and programs continue to develop. We also know we are able to rely on the same determined effort and ingenuity that our staff, board, volunteers, clients, participants, community supporters, organizational partners and funders have demonstrated in the past. We extend sincere thanks to all who believe in and contribute to our vision of a community that is healthy and just and supportive of all. We could not do it without you!


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2014 - 2015 Annual Report

We are pleased to introduce you to the work of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services (LRHCS) through our Annual Report. LRHCS is an umbrella organization created through the on-going integration of Lanark Community Programs, North Lanark Community Health Centre and the Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre. Together, we play a vital role in helping individuals of all ages – from communities across Lanark and Renfrew Counties – live better lives. We do this by helping people in our rural communities have healthy babies and raise healthy children; learn how to navigate the system to access services they are entitled to (and be accessible when they want and need our support); get connected and supported when they are struggling with developmental disabilities or mental health issues; have ready access to primary health care and allied health care providers close to home; learn how to manage chronic or complex health and medical conditions (i.e. anxiety, asthma, autism, cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and speech and language difficulties); participate in group programs that help them learn new skills or refine existing skills to improve their own health and well-being; meet new and supportive friends; and get involved more actively in community life.

This past year has been one of change both within our organization and within the health and social services sector. With new staff, new programs, new partners, new accountability requirements, new legislation, and new technologies, and without much new funding, we have stayed true to our mission: “Together we support people and communities in achieving and maintaining their best possible health and social well-being.”

Increasingly, we find ourselves needing to explain, define, and sometimes defend to funders and decision-makers the unique needs, challenges and opportunities presented in providing health and social services in our predominantly rural communities. Across the organization our advocacy efforts are being directed at ensuring rural residents receive appropriate and timely access to the help and services needed to achieve healthy outcomes.

We know we cannot do this alone. This past year we have made significant commitments of time and talent to a number of different partnerships in order to strengthen our impact. Lanark Community Programs has been actively involved in the Lanark Leeds Grenville Planning Table tasked with the “transformation” of services under “Ontario’s Special Needs Strategy”. The LLG Planning Table members work alongside representatives from each of four Ministries (Children and Youth Services, Health and Long-Term Care, Education, and Community and Social Services) to develop a coordinated and seamless service planning and delivery model for families and children in our region with multiple or complex special needs. Our Board Members and staff from both Community Health Centres are deeply committed to Health Links - an evolving partnership designed to transform the delivery of local health care services to best meet the needs of those vulnerable people with the most complex health conditions in our community. Health Links have the potential to transform the way health care is delivered resulting in better health care outcomes and a more efficient and effective use of health care resources. Already there are many examples of how Health Links, through the development of Coordinated Care Plans, have improved patient experiences, reduced hospitalizations, and improved health outcomes.

The stories in this report are just a starting point of the many successes we have had this past year. Aligned with our seven strategic priorities of excellence, poverty, mental health and addictions, integration, innovation, advocacy, and partnerships, these profiles provide a glimpse at the depth, breadth and scope of the work of LRHCS.

In this coming year, we will be facing more challenges to meet the needs of individuals and our rural communities. We know we can rely on the same dedication, ingenuity and determined effort that have been applied in the past by our staff, volunteers, clients, participants, community supporters, organizational partners and funders. We extend sincere thanks to all who believe in and contribute to our vision of a community that is healthy and just and supportive of all. We could not do it without you!
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Annual General Meeting and Grand Re-Opening

Date: Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Time: 5:00 pm—AGM

6:00 pm—Grand Re-Opening
Location: 70 Main Street
Cobden, ON
Light refreshments will be served

The mission of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services is:
Together we support people and communities in achieving and maintaining
their best possible health and social well-being.

And our vision is:
A community that is healthy and just and supportive of all.

The Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre—Cobden Site, a part of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services is having an official ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the re-opening of the Cobden site. This renovation provides space to better serve the health and wellness needs in our community.
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2013 - 14 Annual Report

We are pleased to introduce you to the work of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services (LRHCS) through our Annual Report. The stories in this report are just a starting point of the many successes we have had this past year. Aligned with our seven strategic priorities of excellence, poverty, mental health and addictions, integration, innovation, advocacy, and partnerships, these profiles provide a glimpse at the depth, breadth and scope of the work of LRHCS.
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