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CCAC Savings Support Direct Patient Care

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 22, 2015

Northeastern Ontario -- The North East Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) is the first CCAC in Ontario to increase its purchasing power by joining hospitals and other health care providers in negotiating supply contracts as a group through HealthPRO , a national healthcare procurement services organization. 

"With growing demand for our services in the North East we are always looking for innovative ways we can achieve administrative savings and have more money to put towards frontline patient care," says Richard Joly, CEO of the North East CCAC. "Through the cost savings achieved by partnering with HealthPRO, we saw an opportunity to maximize resources and ensure good fiscal accountability, which is good for our patients."

Since becoming a HealthPRO member nearly a year ago, the North East CCAC has implemented several HealthPRO contracts for medical supplies. So far, the CCAC estimates potential savings of $250,000.00 on these contracts over the course of the year, and could save up to 30% going forward on products it uses regularly.

In addition to saving money that can be reinvested in patient care, the partnership with HealthPRO creates other benefits. For example, retaining consistency in medical products between hospital and home ensures familiarity for physicians and nurses, resulting in smoother transitions. This in turn can increase comfort for patients and caregivers who may become used to certain products.   

Joly is pleased with the outcome so far, and foresees even greater results. "We've just begun to realize the benefits. System partners working together in this manner cannot help but result in a better experience for our patients overall."

About the North East CCAC
The North East Community Care Access Centre is one of 14 CCACs in Ontario that focus on getting people the care they need at the right time, and in the right place. On any given day, the North East CCAC provides health care services to over 15,000 patients at home, in school and in the community. For more information, please visit: http://healthcareathome.ca/northeast/en
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Media enquiries:
Sean Barrette, Communications Specialist
Office: 705 522 3460, ext. 4566
Cell: 705 929 9572

Sean.barrette@ne.ccac-ont.ca
www.healthcareathome.ca/northeast