The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) is extending another warm welcome to three new Physician Assistants (PAs) who joined our team earlier in the New Year.
TSH announced in November 2014 that a total of eight PAs would be stepping into this new clinical role for the hospital to complement the work of our interprofessional team and enhance the quality of care we provide to our community. The three new PAs will be joining five others who have supported the Emergency Department, Nephrology and General Internal Medicine programs since November.
“This is an exciting time for TSH,” says Dr. Tom Chan, Chief of Medical Staff at TSH. “We are continuing to expand our teams so that we can further enhance care and truly ensure patients are receiving the right care by the right person at the right time.”
PAs work under the direct supervision of a physician and will support TSH’s physicians in their scope of practice. They are expected to provide additional benefits for our patients and families; for instance, in the reduction of wait times in the Emergency Department (ED).
PAs have have been in Canada for decades – mainly in the Canadian Armed Forces. In 2002, they were integrated into the Manitoba health care system and since then, they have become progressively more popular in acute care hospitals where evidence shows they help to improve access to services and enhance overall quality of care. There are more than 400 PAs currently practicing in Canada, including in Manitoba, Alberta and New Brunswick. In Ontario, a number of other community hospitals, such as Markham-Stouffville, Toronto East General and Southlake have also integrated PAs to expand their interprofessional teams.
HealthForceOntario, an agency of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, provided a portion of the overall compensation, which made it possible for the hospital to begin integrating PAs into its teams.
“We are fortunate to receive this opportunity to expand our interprofessional teams,” says Rhonda Seidman-Carlson, Vice President, Interprofessional Practice and Chief Nursing Executive, TSH.
“Just like Nurse Practitioners, Anaesthetist Assistants, Midwives, Doulas and other roles have added value to our teams over the years, we are confident PAs will help us continue to deliver an outstanding care experience that meets the unique needs of each and every patient.”