Waterloo Wellington Doctor Honored for Improving Care for Patients with Dementia and Other Memory Disorders
Dr. Linda Lee Awarded the Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health
Kitchener, December 1, 2014 - Dr. Linda Lee was honoured by Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, for her leadership in helping patients with dementia and other memory disorders receive timely access to diagnosis and care, with the aim of improved quality of life, prolonged independence and easing of caregiver burden.
Dr. Lee received the second annual Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety for developing the Centre for Family Medicine Primary Care Memory Clinic.
This unique initiative aims to transform dementia care in Ontario by allocating resources earlier in the illness to offer higher-quality care options to vulnerable persons. This model builds capacity for improved care and offers a solution to people and their family physicians challenged with this difficult-to-diagnose, difficult-to-treat condition.
Through an accredited training program, Dr. Lee and her team have trained 56 other teams across Ontario since 2008, serving over 500 family practices with a patient base of 700,000. Her efforts have led to measureable improvement in efficiency of referrals to specialists.
Improving the health and diagnosis of people with dementia and other forms of cognitive impairment supports Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care and helps to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place.
“Dr. Lee’s leadership is making a real difference in the lives of her patients, including their families. She is an excellent example of innovative care that Ontario’s health care professionals strive to deliver for their patients every day. I commend Dr. Lee for her commitment to providing exceptional, patient-centred care.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care
“Congratulations to Dr. Lee and the entire memory clinic team at the Centre for Family Medicine. We were proud to support the award nomination. Dr. Lee’s leadership has resulted in better support for residents with dementia and their families across Waterloo Wellington.”
— Bruce Lauckner, CEO, Waterloo Wellington LHIN
"Dr. Linda Lee’s leadership in developing the Centre for Family Medicine Primary Care Memory Clinic has transformed dementia care in Ontario. Her dedication to building capacity for improved care offers solutions for patients and families by offering higher-quality care options to vulnerable persons. Congratulations to Dr. Lee for receiving the Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety."
— Daiene Vernile, MPP for Kitchener Centre
- The Minister’s Medal is a competitive, annual recognition program that recognizes the collaborative efforts of Ontario’s health care providers in improving care for Ontarians.
- This year marked the second year of the Minister’s Medal program.
- The medal is awarded to one individual champion who has demonstrated leadership in focusing on quality and one team-based initiative that demonstrates commitment to collaboration, improvements in the health system and value for quality care.
• Minister’s Medal
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