White Cedar Health Care Centre, a holistic treatment facility in Thunder Bay, Ontario, today announced a strategic alliance with Ontario Addiction Treatment Centres (OATC). The agreement, which is to be effective January 2014, will bring OATC into the White Cedar Health Care Centre to operate its Thunder Bay South Clinic. According to two agencies, the new agreement will enhance the current model of service and care for clients.
“Since our launch in June 2013, White Cedar Health Care Centre has been committed to delivering customized treatment services in partnership with many community agencies and elders;” says CO-CEO, Harvey Shapiro, of White Cedar Health Care. “This latest alliance completes a circle of care in the North that will promote a Centre of excellence for people struggling with addiction issues. White Cedar Health Care Centre and OATC believe this new collaborative relationship will further our missions to tackle the drug epidemic not only in Thunder Bay, but throughout the entire region.”
The White Cedar Health Care Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that supports an alternative program of care that focuses on First Nations traditional healing practices. Moving forward together, OATC will provide treatment services that bring together its harm reduction model with the holistic teachings of White Cedar Health Care Centre. “OATC recognizes that there are many benefits from this new alliance. Embracing First Nations culture and White Cedar Health Care Centre’s holistic approach will enhance the care we provide to our patients;” says Dr. Michael Varenbut of OATC. “OATC will also add the capacity to treat other forms of addiction to such substances as nicotine, cocaine and alcohol.”
As part of the new alliance, improved facilities for patients have been added to create a safer, more welcoming treatment environment. Continues Shapiro; “Hundreds of patients will be treated at the Centre daily. This new synergy ensures that the same level of care, advice and treatment will be provided to save the lives of many facing the ravages and consequences of untreated addictions. The White Cedar team looks forward to working together with the OATC to fully integrate our joint expertise and drive forward positive action in healthcare for tomorrow.”
The OATC is also fully accredited by Accreditation Canada, the same organization that accredits hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
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