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Apply now for the 2015 Minister's Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety

How to submit your application

Please submit your application by 5:00 p.m. on June 24th, 2015 to your local LHIN office.

Only one application should be submitted for each team.

Contact with any questions related to completing your application.


Application templates are now available for the 2015 Minister's Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety recognizing the excellent work that health care providers do every day. Each year the Medal is 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.

Patients are at the heart of Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care. That's why the theme for the 2015 Minister's Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety is Putting Patients First. This year, the ministry is seeking applications that put patients first through:

  • Improved access to care. The ministry is committed to getting Ontarians the care they need, when they need it. Applicants who have removed barriers to care and/or streamlined processes are encouraged to apply.
  • Better coordinated care. For patients who are treated by multiple providers, coordination of care is critical to positive outcomes. This year's application criteria prioritize programs that improve coordination of care so patients get the right care from the right providers.
  • Information. By educating patients and keeping them well-informed, health care providers can help patients help themselves. Applicants whose efforts have resulted in greater transparency for patients are encourage to apply
  • Patient engagement. This year's application criteria also emphasize the importance of the patient's voice in the development and delivery of individual health care approaches.

Over the past two years, a large volume of submissions were received describing high-quality, patient-centred programs/initiatives. While many of these submissions represent initiatives that deserve recognition, only one winner could be selected. We are encouraging those who have applied in previous years to submit an application this year and describe the evolution of their program/initiative and how they are continuing to put patients at the centre of everything they do.

Winners will be announced at Health Quality Ontario's annual event, Health Quality Transformation, on October 14, 2015.

2014 Minister's Medal winners

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proud to showcase the inaugural winners of the 2014 Minister's Medal in both the Team and Individual Champion categories:

Team Recipient : Toronto Central Integrated Palliative Care Program [PDF]

The Toronto Central Integrated Palliative Care Program is based on a partnership formed between the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care and Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (CCAC). The program creates one interdisciplinary, integrated care team with the goal of providing individuals with life-limiting illness and their families with high-quality, 24/7 client-centred care, enabling client choice, easing pain and suffering and optimizing comfort, dignity and quality of life. Using no new net dollars but putting existing resources to better use, the program has demonstrated significantly higher quality and value, including strong client satisfaction and significant savings to the system.

Toronto Central Integrated Palliative Care Program

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Individual Champion Recipient : Dr. Linda Lee, Centre for Family Medicine Memory Clinic [PDF]

Working in primary care for 26 years, Dr. Lee noticed that patients with cognitive impairment were not getting the best possible care. Identifying this need, she developed a comprehensive multi-disciplinary program, using evidence-based tools for diagnosis of cognitive dysfunction and best practices in patient care to provide accurate, efficient diagnosis and holistic care for patients and their families. After empowering those within her own family health team, she developed a comprehensive training course in which she instructs and mentors others which has led to the creation of 56 other memory clinics throughout Ontario to date.

Dr. Linda Lee, Centre for Family Medicine Memory Clinic

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2014 Honour Roll Applicants

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

2013 Winners and Honour Roll Applicants

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