WWLHIN Board Highlights – March 2014 Meeting

Mission: To lead a high-quality, integrated health system for our residents

Vision: Better Health – Better Futures

Core Value: We value acting in the best interest of our residents’ health and well-being

KITCHENER, ON - The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s Board of Directors held their regular meeting on March 27, 2014.

General Updates

The WWLHIN Board of Directors consists of 9 members, appointed for a term of up to three years. At the March meeting, Murray O’Brien was appointed as Secretary of the Board. Board Member Bonnie Bremner was thanked for her contribution to the Board over the past three-years, as she completes her term this month. “I want to thank Bonnie for her years of service on the Board. As an educator, Bonnie brought a unique perspective that will be greatly missed,” said Joan Fisk, Board Chair, WWLHIN.

In their reports to the Board, CEO Bruce Lauckner and Chair Joan Fisk both provided information on a number of symposia held for health system governors in mid-march. The symposia were held in response to requests from health service provider governors for more education on the broader health system and the opportunity to network with governors from different health service providers. They also provided an opportunity for the WWLHIN to gather ideas and feedback from health system governors on how we can work together to provide better care for our residents. Read the Chair and CEO reports in full (included in the Board Meeting Consent Agenda).

Plan for New Groves Memorial Community Hospital Endorsed

Planning is moving forward to improve care for rural residents through the development of a new integrated hospital for residents in the Fergus and Elora area. The WWLHIN Board endorsed the Stage 2 – Part A submission for the development of the new Groves Memorial Community Hospital. The endorsement came with an important caveat that the hospital meet the Stage 2 requirements of the Ministry of Health-and Long-Term Care’s Health Capital Investment Branch (MOHLTC), and that it continue to align with the strategic plans for the local health system.

“What’s especially significant about this plan is that it’s community driven, and focused on the best care for residents in the future, rather than simply expanding on the current model,” said Ted Alexander, Manager Contracts and Accountability, WWLHIN.

Groves Memorial Community Hospital, the Waterloo Wellington LHIN, and the MOHLTC will continue to work closely together to share additional information to complete the Stage 2 Part A (Programs and Service) and future stages of the capital development process. In parallel, work continues on the design and implementation of improved and more integrated models of care through the new Wellington Rural Health Link.

"The decision our Board took today was one that is forward-thinking and solely in the best interests of our residents,” said Bruce Lauckner, CEO, WWLHIN. “This is a unique project that is moving us from the hospital planning processes we’ve seen in the past to one that is integrated across the health care system, and focused on the specific needs of the community it serves.”

Annual Business Plan Progress Report

As the fiscal year comes to a close, an update was provided to the WWLHIN Board on the implementation of the WWLHIN’s 2013 – 2014 Annual Business Plan to achieve the objectives outlined in the Better Health, Better Futures Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP). A full year-end report will be provided at the next Board meeting. A few accomplishments are highlighted below:

Emergency Department Performance: The Waterloo-Wellington LHIN has achieved its best-ever results in emergency department performance. This means that residents who go to the emergency department are waiting less time for care, being admitted to a hospital bed faster if needed, and leaving the hospital faster for uncomplicated conditions.

Improving Access to Care for Aboriginal Residents: Hospice of Waterloo has been working with the local Aboriginal community to develop a better understanding of their palliative care needs. An intensive consultation process which included three consultation circles involving more than 60 members of the Aboriginal community took place and, in the process, was able to identify what palliative care means to the local Aboriginal community. As per the culture of the Aboriginal community, a feast will be held at the beginning of April to celebrate the end of the project.

All Health Service Providers were also invited to attend an all-day training session on Cultural Safety & Competency. To complement this training, the Guelph Community Health Centre, in partnership with experts in the field, is developing a tool that will be available on a website to continue the training process and for sharing with those unable to attend the training sessions.

Coordinated Access: This new initiative designed to create “no-wrong door” for addictions and mental health care is set to launch on April 1st, 2014 with a toll-free number and five drop-in crisis centres across the WWLHIN. The program will support residents in accessing the most appropriate care, while reducing unnecessary visits to the emergency department.

Read the full board briefing notes online to learn more about each of these updates and initiatives.


Full reports, briefing notes, and presentations for board agenda items are on the WWLHIN website at www.wwlhin.on.ca.