Transforming Ontario's Health Care System

Minister's Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety

To recognize the excellent work health care providers do every day, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term care is introducing the Minister's Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety. This medal will be awarded to teams of organizations and/or individuals who put patients in the centre of the circle of care and incorporate a focus on quality and safety into everything they do.

2013 Minister's Medal winners

We thank all applicants who applied for this year's Minister's Medal. The hard work, dedication and commitment you have expressed to improving the care of our patients and clients is truly impressive. We encourage you to apply again next year for the Medal; applications for the 2014 Minister's Medal will be available starting in the spring.

Officially announced at Health Quality Ontario's Health Quality Transformation event, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is proud to showcase this year's inaugural winners of the 2013 Minister's Medal in both the Team and Individual 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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Honour Roll Applicants

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

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For questions related to the Minister's Medal, please contact us at ecfaa@ontario.ca.