Preparations are well underway to building the Dorset Community Health Hub. Originally referred to as the Nurse Practitioner Station, the hub will now offer a variety of health care services. The Dorset Community Partnership Fund hosted an information session at the Dorset Recreation Centre, Monday night. Board member Collin Reaney says this hub is vital to this community.

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Along with having an on site nurse practitioner, Reaney says the health hub will also offer services in partnership with the Algonquin Family Health Team. Reaney says the provincial government was keen on the idea of a hub. An idea they fully support.

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Services available would include social work, nutrition, diabetes, mental health, blood draws and board social and allied services. An historic home on Main Street by the Anglican church is the site of the new health hub. The partnership fund has finalized its purchased. Reaney says they are now financially ready to start getting the site up to clinical standards. Reaney says their goal is to have it operational by summer 2015. Meantime, Monday’s meeting had about 100 supporters. Most say they came out of that meeting hopeful.

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The Dorset Community Health Hub is part of a three-year pilot project approved by the provincial government. It’s one of two permanent sites. The other is in Port Carling. Click here for more information. The Dorset Community Partnership Fund will be releasing a new brochure with updated information in the near future. Click here if you want to make a pledge.

(Photo By: Melissa Candelaria) Nearly 100 residents fill the Dorset Recreation Centre to hear updates on the Dorset Community Health Hub.