One of the most common challenges facing those in need of paediatric health care services is the complexity of navigating through the health care and education system.
blueballoon co-founder Stephen MacEwen and his family were frustrated by their ongoing search for appropriate health care services in Toronto for their child who has developmental challenges. Stephen’s sister and blueballoon co-founder, Heather MacEwen was working as an Occupational Therapist for an integrated health care facility in the United States. She was drawn to the facility’s interdisciplinary approach to care and its broad range of support services.
When Heather returned to Canada, it was a challenge for her to find a workplace that offered integrated care and took a comprehensive approach to the delivery of health care services. Stephen and Heather would frequently discuss the benefits of integrated health care, the challenges of the current system, and the need for more accessible interdisciplinary programs and therapies for children – including the provision of services on weekends and after to school to maximize access for busy families.
Recognizing the benefits and positive impact such a facility could provide for children and their families, Heather and Stephen decided to create blueballoon with Heather leading clinical operations and Stephen bringing his expertise as a business and management leader. The first blueballoon location opened in 2004 and the company has grown to four locations in six years.
As blueballoon continues to expand, it remains committed to an interdisciplinary model that encompasses expertise; insight and support from a broad range of areas designed to treat the whole child.