Plans are in the works for a new multi-disciplinary orthopedic centre in Charlottetown.
Health-care providers from a number of fields met recently at the Delta Prince Edward for an information session on the project, which is an endeavour of Sports Centre Physiotherapy.
The centre, now located at 153 Belvedere Ave., is planning to construct a new 21,000 square foot building at 185 and 187 Belvedere Ave. across the road from the Belvedere Dental Clinic.
Owner Colin Moore said the goal is to improve patient outcomes by providing a collaborative setting where different health-care providers can work together and exchange ideas.
“It’s all a piece of the puzzle for people who have orthopedic injuries,” said Moore. “As I learned more about collaborative care and different health-care professions, I started realizing we could do more if I had a little more space.”
The idea partially came from when Moore worked with orthopedic surgeons, family doctors and nurses while completing a fellowship in sports physiotherapy in London, Ont.
“It was a great environment… the level of care was unbelievable, and ever since then I’ve been striving to get as close to that as possible,” said Moore, adding that having different disciplines in the one location would also reduce wait times.
The current centre now includes physiotherapists and massage therapists.
Office manager Andrew MacNair said the hope is to add related fields such as chiropractors, dietitians, nutritionists and others in the new building.
“Really, any interested health-care providers who are in the field, we would love to have them working with us… Research across the world shows collaborative health care is the health care of the future. It definitely improves patient outcomes,” said MacNair. “Colin’s number one goal since he began is to provide the best patient outcomes we can. This is the next logical step for us.”
The building would be a 21,000 square foot facility with two levels and a full basement.
Sports Centre Physiotherapy is planning on occupying the bottom level, while the ground floor would include a movement rehabilitation program and a gym, so health-care providers can see how patients move.
There will be plenty of space available to other health-care providers in the building.
MacNair said the hope is for construction to start in the spring and expects it would take at least eight to nine months although noted that timeline could change.
“Our ideal situation would be (opening in) January 2020 but there’s a lot of moving parts,” said MacNair.
Those interested in more information on the centre can contact MacNair at 902-330-2622, 902-370-9355 or through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.