Ontario Partners in Health (OPiH) is a privately-held, health services management company founded in 1989 with our first mandate being to manage health services for the University of Ottawa Health. Over the last 30 years we have operated officially as the University of Ottawa Health Services (UOHS), until 2019 when a name change was made to better reflect our broader mandate to develop and manage healthcare services for clients and partners in our surrounding community.
Since our inception, OPiH has expanded the breadth and scope of services offered to the University of Ottawa community as well serving alumni and the general community. We have gone from a small clinic with 3 full-time physicians, 1 full-time psychiatrist, a part-time physiotherapist, and 7 staff members occupying a 2000 square feet space to a large and modern inter-disciplinary practice that is approved as both a Family Health Organization (FHO, 2006) and a Family Health Team (FHT Wave 3, 2006). The University of Ottawa Health Services and the Family Health Team, now known collectively known as ByWard FHT, currently has over 100 health care professionals and 115 staff members with 6 locations comprising over 35,000 square feet of space on, and adjacent to, the University of Ottawa main campus as well as at its headquarters at 2310 St. Laurent Blvd. in Ottawa.
Under OPiH’s management and coordination, ByWard FHT providers and staff work tirelessly to deliver enhanced health services to the University of Ottawa and surrounding communities. The combined total of the operating budgets for fiscal 2020/2021 is over $13M.
ADMINISTRATIVE VALUES AND OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE
As a result of our innovative model, which incorporates services to the broader community, our skills and expertise have expanded well beyond the post-secondary context. OPiH has evolved into a premier primary health care services delivery organization, while maintaining excellence in the specific dimension of student health.
In addition to our core work managing the student health service of the University of Ottawa, OPiH has extended our activities into clinical services for a variety of other clients. Revenues generated by the activities managed by OPiH for our partners are retained by our partners, providing them with much needed funding to be used to increase services to their constituents.
Significant expansion of space and services, particularly over the last 10 years, has provided OPiH with many opportunities to hone skills and develop experience and resources in the areas of clinical management, human resources management, project management, facilities management, information management, marketing and communications, government relations, and in particular, student relations/placements and service excellence.
In addition to the organization’s wealth of knowledge and experience overall, OPIH is led by a very solid administrative team. Our leaders and managers bring a wide range of skills to their work and are always eager to tackle new challenges, innovate for the benefit of patients and apply their skills in meaningful ways and in support of organizational goals. Our Executive Team, in particular, brings a diverse range of complementary skills to the organization: