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Apply now for the Second Annual Minister's Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety

Application templates are now available for the second annual Minister's Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety recognizing the excellent work that health care providers do every day. This medal will be awarded to one team of organizations and one individual champion who put patients in the centre of the circle of care and incorporate a focus on quality and safety into everything they do.

The theme for the 2014 Minister's Medal is "Quality and Value by Design." In an increasingly constrained fiscal environment, initiatives that improve the health of Ontarians should be designed and delivered keeping value for quality of care in mind. In addition to collaboration and sustainable improvements in outcomes, this year's application criteria emphasize achieving greater value in the delivery of high-quality care.

In the inaugural year of the program, submissions described the hard work, dedication and commitment to improving care of patients and clients demonstrated by health care providers across the province. Teams and individuals who applied last year are encouraged to do so again this year. Winners will be announced at Health Quality Ontario's annual event, Health Quality Transformation, on November 20, 2014.

Please submit your application to your local LHIN office by 5:00 p.m. on August 28, 2014

2013 Minister's Medal winners

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proud to showcase the inaugural winners of the 2013 Minister's Medal in both the Team and Individual Champion categories:

Team Recipient : The Supports for Daily Living Program [PDF]

The Supports for Daily Living (SDL) is one of the major programs that pioneered the concept of Home First through implementation of their program and laid the foundation for building community capacity in the Community Support Services (CSS) sector to accept high risk seniors directly from hospital, and/or help seniors to live independently with supports in the community thus avoiding Long-Term Care (LTC) placement. The program has increased local collaboration between the hospital and community service sectors, influenced revisions to the provincial assisted living policy, and spawned like initiatives across the province.

The Supports for Daily Living Program

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Individual Champion Recipient : Dr. Nathalie Fleming, Young Parent Outreach Centre [PDF]

The Ottawa Hospital's outreach clinic for pregnant teens and adolescent mothers brings medical care and ongoing follow-up to the patients who need it most. This one of a kind multidisciplinary Canadian program is based, not at a hospital, but at an inner-city refuge where adolescent mothers and mothers-to-be gather. The hospital's medical team works alongside partner agencies that provide parenting classes, a satellite high school, and a shelter for pregnant teens that need a safe place to stay. The clinic facilitates timely and more ready access to medical care during the crucial first months of pregnancy.

Dr. Nathalie Fleming and the Young Parent Outreach Centre

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2013 Honour Roll Applicants

The following applications demonstrated outstanding performance across the Medal criteria and are recognized as honour roll applicants:

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