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Northwest Region Prehospital Care Program

What’s the Role of The Northwest Region Prehospital Care Program at the Health Sciences Centre?

Everyone knows to call 911 for an ambulance in the case of a medical emergency. Paramedics from your local emergency medical services (EMS) arrive in minutes to provide pre-hospital medical care and transport you to the Health Sciences Centre or local hospital.

What people don’t know is that Ontario EMS and Base Hospitals work in collaboration to ensure safe quality pre-hospital patient care is provided to every patient. EMS is not technically part of the community hospital and Base Hospital is not technically part of your local EMS; these are separate agencies overseeing different aspects of the paramedics’ roles and responsibilities.

Our Mission:

We will deliver a quality patient experience in an academic health care environment that is responsive to the needs of the population of Northwestern Ontario.


Patients ARE First:

  • Patients First
  • Accountability
  • Respect
  • Excellence

Value Definitions:

Patients First

We are respectful of and responsive to the needs and values of our patients, families and communities. Patient values guide all decisions.


We are responsible to advance a quality patient experience. We commit to social and fiscal accountability to internal and external stakeholders and for the delivery of services to our patients.


We honour the uniqueness of each individual and his/her culture.


We foster an environment of innovation and learning to advance a quality patient experience.


Patient and Family Centred Care is the philosophy that guides us. Patients and Families are at the centre of everything we do. We will focus our efforts on Patient Experience, Seniors’ Health, Comprehensive Clinical Care, Aboriginal Health and Acute Mental Health.

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