WHO WE ARE
The journey began with a group of concerned and active citizens who identified the need for a Community Health Centre (CHC) in Cornwall and area. The original steering committee was formed in 2001; in 2005, Cornwall and Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry (SDG) Counties were awarded one of only twenty one new Centres across Ontario. After a lengthy process of planning, community engagement and staff recruitment, 2010 brought the fulfilment of a dream many years into the making. Seaway Valley Community Health Centre (SVCHC) became fully operational after its grand opening on September 24, 2010.
The Seaway Valley Community Health Centre (SVCHC) is a charitable, not-for-profit, community-led organization created to provide primary health care, health promotion and community development services to residents of Cornwall and the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry counties. SVCHC is designed to address the issue of equity for citizens facing barriers to accessing the health care system. In our community, those facing access barriers to primary care include the general public who are without a family physician, low income individuals and families, seniors and new immigrants to Canada. The SVCHC professional team works closely with community health and social service partners in order to be linked with those non-medical services needed by clients. The Team consists of Physicians, Nurse-Practitioners, Registered Nurses, a Dietitian, a Social Worker, a Health Educator/Promoter, a Community Health Worker, and others, and it targets issues impacting the local community’s health through health promotion and community development programs.
We provide a wide range of health and wellness services and programs to families and individual who live in the communities we serve. We deliver care in many ways: one-on-one, personal development groups and community initiatives. Services are offered in English; however, cultural interpretation is available. We believe that our collective efforts and partnerships with key agencies contributes to improving both individual and community health by identifying and addressing underlying conditions. We pay special attention to vulnerable groups including older adults, individuals and families living with low-incomes and newcomers to Canada, as well as those without access to primary health care services.