South Riverdale Community Health Centre
Organization profile published 1981
Publisher: South Riverdale Community Health Centre, Toronto, Canada
Year Published: 1981
Resource Type: Organization
Cx Number: CX2225
The South Riversake Community Health Centre is primarily a health unit delivering family and community health care to the residents of the Riverdale area of Toronto.
Abstract: The South Riversake Community Health Centre is primarily a health unit delivering family and community health care to the residents of the Riverdale area of Toronto. The Centre provides the services of doctors, a nurse practitioner, a nurse, nutritionist and a health educator. Doctors are on call at all times and are available to make house calls. In conjunction with the medical staff the administrative, reception and accountancy staff make day-to-day decisions together as a collective.
The most distinctive feature of the Centre is that it is governed by a non-profit corporation made up of the residents of the Riverdale area community. The membership, at an annual meeting, elect a board who determine Centre policy. The staff are directly accountable to the board. There are standing committees that meet monthly, contributing to the functioning of the Centre. These are composed of staff, board Centre members. In addition to board and committee work volunteers offer their services in various capacities doing needed day-to-day tasks. The control of and involvement in the center by members of the community served is seen as enhancing greatly the ultimate quality of service provided.
The quality of medical care is thus related to the community's expressed needs. This main objective is perceived to be best achieved by electing a strong board to make major decision; patients themselves deciding how monies should be allocated; through centre members participating in the staff hiring and evaluation process; and through patients feeling free to voice their impressions, good or bad, to the staff or board. In essence patient/consumer involvement of the quality of health care already provided.
This abstract was published in the Connexions Digest in 1981.