History of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services
Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services is an incorporated, non-profit umbrella organization which provides community-based primary health care and health promotion programs and services and a range of developmental and social services in Lanark, Renfrew, and Leeds and Grenville counties.
In June of 2013, our name was changed from “Lanark Health and Community Services” to “Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services” to better reflect the scope of our Organization.
Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services is composed of the following “parts”:
- Lanark Community Programs
- North Lanark Community Health Centre (including the Mental Health Support Project) •
- Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre
Lanark Community Programs
Lanark Community Programs (LCP) is the oldest part of LRHCS. LCP provides support services to children and families, especially those made more vulnerable by developmental, physical or economic limitations. LCP started in 1979, with the Language and Behaviour Development Program, and now has nine programs.
North Lanark Community Health Centre
In 1990, residents of north Lanark came together to find a doctor for Lanark Village. As they educated themselves and listened to the community, their vision grew to include the promotion of health in individuals and communities. In 1993, they established the North Lanark Community Health Centre (NLCHC).
In 2001, LCP and NLCHC joined to form a new organization, which would later be named Lanark Health and Community Services. We integrated for three reasons:
Connections was created in 1993 to support families who may be at risk, in the healthy growth and development of their children. In 2003, Connections became a part of LHCS. Connections had been administratively linked with LCP since its inception and after an LHCS operational review in 2009, it was decided that Connections would become a program of LCP.
- To keep client service at, or above, existing levels.
- To build sustainability and capacity through organizational efficiencies; and,
- To support and encourage the collaboration of health and social services in this rural area.
Mental Health Support Project
The Mental Health Support Project (MHSP) has deep roots in Lanark County as a mental health peer support group. Since 1999, MHSP had been sponsored by NLCHC and in 2003 became another part under the LHCS umbrella. After an LHCS operational review in 2012, it was decided that MHSP would become a program of NLCHC.
Whitewater Bromley Community Health Centre
In the 1990’s a long-serving Renfrew County physician who had employed nurse practitioners since the 1970’s was looking to retire. He and the nurse practitioner looked to the NLCHC as a model. Another group of citizens sought health services in Killaloe. In a parallel process, proceeding separately in Killaloe, and Beachburg/Cobden, two groups of local citizens created steering committees and developed a proposal for a CHC. In 1999, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) suggested the Whitewater Bromley committee apply to the “Nurse Practitioner Initiative of the Underserviced Area Program” and was awarded funding for a nurse practitioner for Beachburg and in 2002, a nurse practitioner for Cobden. NLCHC was the sponsor of this initiative. In 2004, MOHLTC turned down their request for funding as an independent community health centre but approved funding to operate as a satellite of NLCHC as the Whitewater Bromley CHC Satellite and Rainbow Valley Point of Access. In 2011, the Rainbow Valley CHC was voluntarily integrated with the St. Francis Memorial Hospital in Barry’s Bay, and at the June 2013 Annual General Meeting of LHCS, the Whitewater Bromley CHC Advisory Board joined forces with Lanark Health and Community Services – leading to the creation of “Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services”.