Weeneebayko Area Health Authority

Site: Weeneebayko General Hospital

Service: Regional Health Authority

Description & Services
Public Comments
  • The Cree people of the James/Hudson Bay lowlands refer to the waterways that make up their traditional territory as Weeneebayko 
  • Moose Factory is an island and only accessible by water in the spring, summer and fall seasons; ice road in the winter months and helicopter during break-up and freeze-up 
  • WAHA also manages an inventory of 150 houses and a small fleet of boats to house health-care professionals and provide transportation to and from the mainland; it also finances air charters and medivac services, ferrying patients, doctors and other health-care providers between Kingston and Moosonee and up and down the coast
Description (Agency) Coordinates the delivery of health care services to First Nations people; committed to providing optimum health care as close to home as possible
Agency Services
Description (Service) Serves as an integrated First Nations Regional Health Authority 
  • Oversees the medical services and health facilities in communities of the James Bay and Hudson Bay lowlands 
  • Supports both Western and Traditional approaches to medicine 
  • Supports families and communities through health education, advocacy and Cree language services 
  • Participates with Queen's University School of Medicine, the University of Toronto School of Medicine, and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM) to provide learning opportunity for residents, medical students and nursing students 
  • Collaborates with Kingston General Hospital and the Timmins District Hospital when patients require services outside the Weeneebayko region
 
Services provided include but are not limited to: 
  • Acute and chronic care as well as 24 hour emergency services including family medicine clinics 
  • General surgery and anesthesia 
  • Occupational and Rehabilitative services 
  • Telemedicine services through the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) 
  • Specialty clinics and telemedicine sessions by medical specialists in the fields of pediatrics; obstetrics/gynecology; geriatrics rheumatology; ophthalmology; rehabilitation and neurology and other specialties (hosted regularly by community-based clinics) 
  • Charter aircraft services to Kingston for entitled First Nation patients requiring diagnostic tests such as CT scans and MRI's and specialist care
 
Programs include: 
  • Dental Services 
  • Diabetes Program 
  • James Bay Ambulance Service 
  • Ontario Breast Screening Program 
  • Regional Mental Health & Addictions Program which includes Case Management, Court Diversion, Early Psychosis Intervention, Problem Gambling & Addictions, and Regional Concurrent Disorders 
  • Traditional Healing Program
 
Oversees the following health care facilities: 
  • Attawapiskat Hospital 
  • Fort Albany Hospital 
  • Weeneebayko General Hospital 
  • Kashechewan Nursing Station 
  • Moosonee Clinic 
  • Peawanuck Nursing Station
Hours Office Mon-Fri 8 am-4:30 pm
Areas Served Attawapiskat First Nation ; Fort Albany First Nation ; Kashechewan First Nation ; Moose Factory ; Moosonee ; Weenusk First Nation - Peawanuck
Eligibility First Nation members and residents of the communities in the Weeneebayko region
Application Call for information
Languages English ; Interpretive Services - Cree, Ojibway, Oji-Cree; available upon request
Fees None
Additional Services at this Site
Contact Information
Office Phone Main Office 705-658-4544 
Telemedicine Appts 705-658-4544 Ext 2248 or Ext 2360
Fax 705-658-4917
Website www.waha.ca
Primary Contact Jaime Kapashesit, Executive Assistant; Phone: 705-658-4544 ext 2317; Email: jaime.kapashesit@waha.ca
Primary Executive Bernie D Schmidt, President and Chief Executive Officer
Alternate Executive Greg Spence, Director of Community Relations; Phone: 705-658-4544 ext 2222; Email: greg.spence@waha.ca
Site Location Hospital is located at southernmost end of Moose Factory Island at the mouth of Moose River on James Bay
Located In Community Moose Factory
Address 19 Hospital Dr
Moose Factory, ON P0L 1W0
 
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Intersection Hospital Dr and Center Rd
Mailing Address c/o WAHA 
PO Box 664 
Moose Factory, ON P0L 1W0
Physical Access Fully Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (20) Regional Government ; (50) Non Profit
Established Amalgamated Oct 2010
Funding Provincial - Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC); North East Local Health Integration Network (NELHIN) ; Federal - Health Canada -- First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB)