About Us

The overall composition of our Elliot Lake Family Health Team (ELFHT) is key to our ability to better serve and to provide quality health care to the residents of Elliot Lake and surrounding area.

The organizational chart provided outlines the current structure of the ELFHT.  The team is staffed with 10 physicians, a complement of 23 full-time positions and 9 part-time positions.

The Elliot Lake Family Health Team first opened its doors July 02, 2007 thanks to the hard work and progressive thinking of a group of physicians at three (3) established clinics (Family Health Centre, Mary Walk and Hillside) and city leaders. They recognized the value of combining resources to help them better manage the shortage of physicians and the challenges of managing many patients with multiple chronic diseases.

This is a new approach to primary care and is best described in a recently published research article in the Annals of Family Medicine. Researchers Dr. W. Rosser an Ontario doctor and his colleague Dr. J. Colwill outlined the following features of a family health team as follows:

  • A group of family doctors working alongside other health specialists.
  • The specialists are on site and may include a pharmacist, dietitian, social worker, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, registered practical nurses, respiratory therapist and a chiropodist and others depending on the needs of the community.
  • Benefits of this model are described as follows: patients receive quality care in an environment that provides an improved quality of work life in a fiscally responsible way.

Our Vision

A coordinated, responsive and efficient system of healthcare  improving the well-being of the people of Elliot Lake and surrounding communities.

Our Mission

To work with local partners to advance the health status of our extended community by providing  timely access to quality  healthcare.

St. Joseph's General Hospital

Huron Lodge

Counselling Centre of East Algoma

Algoma Family Services

East Algoma Mental Health

Algoma Public Health

East Algoma Diabetes Service

North Shore Community Support Services

Alzheimer's Society of Canada

Bayshore Home Health

Canadian National Institute for the Blind

The Arthritis Society

Drugstore Pharmacy


Freitag's Pharmacy


Shopper's Drug Mart

What is a family health team?

Family Health Teams are health care organizations that include a team of family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, social workers, dietitians, and other professionals who work together to provide health care for their community. Family Health Teams provide more service and a wide range of health options, especially for people who don't have a doctor. Family Health Teams ensure that people receive the care they need in their communities, as each team is set-up based on local health and community needs. They focus on chronic disease management, disease prevention and health promotion, and work with other health care organizations, such as public health units and Community Care Access Centres. Since April 2005, 170 teams have been created across the province. It is expected that the 170 teams will improve access to health care for more than 2.7 million Ontarians.In August 2010 the government announced 30 more teams bringing the total number of Family Health Teams in Ontario to 200.

Who is on the team?

In addition to family doctors, the team also includes Registered Nurses, a Nurse Practitioner, a Dietitian, a Social Worker, a Respiratory Therapist, a Chiropodist, as well as other health care providers. Some of these positions are referred to as "Allied Health Professionals" which are people who have expertise in specific ares. You can view a list of these health care providers here.

How does the team approach work?

The team works together with you, to offer health education and promotion, illness prevention, disease diagnosis as well as management and rehabilitation.

Will I still have my family doctor?

Yes. Each patient will still continue to see their family doctor during regular office hours.