Joseph Esquaga Health Centre Will Treat Opioid Addiction
THUNDER BAY – HEALTH – Thunder Bay’s first primary care clinic to offer holistic care to patients with opioid addiction will open its doors on September 2, 2014. The Joseph Esquega Health Centre was developed by local physicians to fill current gaps in health care that often leave patients struggling with addiction marginalized and under-serviced.
“Addiction is often at the heart of many social problems currently affecting our community, including high crime rates, poverty and homelessness,” says Dr. Cheryl Everall, Medical Director of The Joseph Esquega Health Centre. “Locally, opioid addiction rates have sky rocketed. Through team-work, collaboration, research, and accountable medical care, we are committed to providing sustainable health care programs aimed at reversing this trend.”
The clinic is launching its new “Bridges” program that will give patients with opioid dependence access to family medicine, addiction treatment, chronic pain management, prenatal care, consultative dental care, as well as mental health care and preventative medicine.
“Our team welcomes partnership with community leaders and the City of Thunder Bay to improve the health of our community,” says Kaila Evans, Operations Manager of The Joseph Esquega Health Centre.
Staff are working hard over the Labour Day weekend to get everything done.
The Joseph Esquaga Health Centre is located at 401 Donald Street East at the corner of Donald Street and Simpson Street.