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Update: Health System Integration

June 23, 2017

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

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A Message from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care: CCAC to LHIN Transitions Completed

This past Wednesday marked the final transition of the CCACs to LHINs, bringing to a close months of careful planning by CCAC, LHIN, and ministry staff to ensure a smooth transition with no interruption to patient care. I am pleased to say that we accomplished this goal and I want to thank each and every one of you who had a hand in making this transition happen.

To the front-line staff that continued to provide high quality care to their patients, to the leaders and board members for their planning and for warmly welcoming their new staff, and to the service provider organizations that have supported the work giving us their input and advice since the launch of the discussion paper: thank you, sincerely. This simply would not have been possible without your dedication and commitment.

With the completion of these transitions, we mark an important milestone in our Patients First journey and we set the foundation for the future of our transformed health care system. Through this process, we have forged important partnerships that will be vital to building an integrated and patient-centred health care system that can effectively and efficiently deliver high quality care and improve the patient experience. I look forward to working together in our ongoing transformation of a health system that puts patients first. And thank you again for all of your hard work.

– Hon. Dr. Eric Hoskins
Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

Implementation Updates

Patients First Act, 2016: Implementation Milestones


On June 21, 2017, Erie St. Clair CCAC, North West CCAC, and Central East CCAC successfully transferred to their respective LHINs.  These are the final CCACs to complete their transition to LHINs. Here is what the CEOs said about their transition:

The transition of the North West CCAC went extremely well, with no interruption to services for the 5,000 patients we serve on a daily basis in home and community care. This represents the culmination of months of hard work from dedicated staff at both organizations, who have joined into one LHIN family, with the goal of improving access to care and health outcomes for the people of Northwestern Ontario. I would also like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new colleagues and friends as we work together to address the health care needs of the people of the North West LHIN!
– Laura Kokocinski, CEO, North West LHIN

Transition day was full of smiles, good energy, and great anticipation within the Erie St. Clair LHIN. It was very evident that the patients, clients, and families in Erie St. Clair will be very well served by our exceptional staff. Now we will look ahead at the task of improving health care outcomes, health care processes, and creating greater coordination opportunities LHIN-wide.”
– Ralph Ganter, CEO, Erie St. Clair LHIN

T-Day in the Central East LHIN was inspiring and transformative as hundreds of staff came together to mark the successful transition of the Central East CCAC into the LHIN. Our Board Chair greeted staff in English, French, Tamil, Mandarin, Cantonese and Ojibwe. We recognized that we were meeting on traditional lands and acknowledged that June 21st was National Aboriginal Day. We thanked staff for the critical role they played throughout our transition journey as they continued to manage the local health care system and deliver exceptional care in Central East.  In the months and years to come, we look forward to working with patients, caregivers, our staff, clinicians and all stakeholders as we continue to transform the health system into one that is even more patient-focused, equitable, accessible and sustainable.”
– Deborah Hammons, CEO, Central East LHIN

Pictures of T-Day’s Across the LHINs:

Pictures of T-Day’s Across the LHINs


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