To provide the best level of care and support to patients, hospitals work in collaboration with many other service providers. Each patient has different needs, and may already be receiving service from another organization. Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre and Dilico Anishinabek Family Care recently signed a new agreement that ensures coordination of care for children and families who require or are already receiving Child Welfare Services.
“We value our relationship with Dilico,” explained Dr. Rhonda Crocker Ellacott, EVP Patient Services and Chief Nursing Executive at the Hospital. “The service protocol supports us both to provide the most appropriate care.”
The child welfare services protocol identifies standards for point of contact, methods of contact, and purpose of contact between the Hospital and Dilico to reduce trauma to children by improving coordination.
Darcia Borg, Dilico Executive Director, noted the protocol improves child abuse responses and supports families. “The protocol is effective because it defines the purpose and scope of coordination and collaboration, describes the roles and responsibilities of each organization, and outlines the steps to be completed at each stage. When everyone involved knows exactly what steps to take, the best interests of the child are protected,” she said.
Dilico Anishinabek Family Care provides a range of responsive individual, family and community programs and services for the complete life journey of all Anishinabek people. Dilico cares for the welfare of children and families, physical health, the mental health and the health of the communities where Anishinabek people live by promoting wellness, preventing illness and trauma, and providing diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation.