Health care in the French language in Timmins is about to take a giant step forward. Centre de Santè Communautaire de Timmins has been approved for a $10-million grant by the provincial government to build a stand-alone clinic.
Executive director Michelle Stevens says the existing centre at Timmins Square limits it to serving 1,000 patients. The waiting list is 500 and growing.
“These are patients that are very complex,” Stevens remarks, “because they’ve been carrying a lot of their medical issues for years because they haven’t had services in their language.”
The organization’s administration offices are in the former Ecole St-Charles on Kent Ave. It will demolish that building and put up its own facility. It will serve more patients with more services.
“We’ll be able to hire our physiotherapist, our psychologist, our other half-time MD position that we’re still waiting to fill,” Stevens states.
The space it occupies right now at Timmins Square has three exam rooms. The new building will have seven.