Health Bulletin

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Update: Health System Integration

June 2, 2017

We are pleased to share this update on the work supported by the Patients First Act, 2016.

You can count on regular emails like this as your source of ongoing information and updates, which can also be shared with staff members, local stakeholders and other stakeholders and colleagues.

Implementation Updates

Patients First Act, 2016: Implementation Milestones

Recent Accomplishments:

Coming Up Next:


Patients First moves us toward a truly coordinated health system where services are focused on the person. While the Champlain LHIN and the Champlain CCAC have always enjoyed a strongly collaborative relationship, we are optimistic about our future initiatives and achievements together as one organization. The staff and Boards of both organizations have been absolutely incredible in planning for and managing a smooth integration. We are now ready to leverage the talent and skills in our merged organization and our region to its fullest, making a positive difference to the lives of thousands of Ontarians.”
– Chantale LeClerc, CEO, Champlain LHIN

“Our preparations for transition day ensured the integration of the CCAC and LHIN was smooth, with no impact on patient care. The heavy lifting now begins as we leverage the collective expertise which exists in our new organization. The transition process has identified the tremendous opportunities that exist to enhance both patient care and the associated patient experience to better connect home and community care services which we deliver with many other areas of the system such as mental health and addictions, primary care, and supportive housing.”
– Michael Barrett, CEO, South West LHIN

Spotlight On: LHIN Board Appointments

The Patients First Act, 2016, which expanded the LHIN mandate to include coordinating and contracting home and community care services, and additional responsibility for primary care, also enabled the expansion of LHIN Board membership. Enhancing the Boards helps ensure that the LHINs have the leadership and governance capacity required to carry out their existing and new responsibilities and that they are more fully representative of the local community.

Over the past 12 months the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has completed more than 100 appointments to the Boards of the 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs); including nearly 70 new appointments in order to ensure that LHIN boards are reflective of the communities they serve. This sizable number is due in part to normal attrition at the Boards, but is also closely tied to an expansion of LHIN Board membership from 9 members to 12 that accompanied the passage of the Patients First Act, 2016 in December.

As part of the recruitment process, the LHIN Chairs and their respective Nominations Committees, the LHIN Liaison Branch, Corporate Services Branch and the Minister’s Office worked collaboratively on a strategy to expand the cultural representation on Boards and ensure that current and future vacancies are filled with the most qualified candidates. LHIN Boards did extensive outreach, encouraging candidates who represent the linguistic, cultural, and geographic diversity of their respective LHIN regions, including representatives from Francophone and Indigenous communities. Board Directors, including the Chair, are assessed and selected based on their skills, abilities, and the needs of the LHIN Board. Directors must possess relevant expertise, experience, leadership skills and have an understanding of local health issues and priorities. The LHINs and the MOHLTC are also working to ensure a more equitable gender balance in the appointment of LHIN Board Directors.

Newly appointed Directors will work closely with existing Board Directors and Chairs to provide strong governance for the LHINs. Through the Chair, Board Directors are accountable to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care for each LHIN’s use of public funds and its performance in the local health care system.

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