Board Highlights

June 4, 2015

Kitchener, ON: The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s Board of Directors held their regular meeting on May 28, 2015. Below are highlights from the meeting. For the full agenda and briefing notes, please visit

Moving Forward on the Next Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP)

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board of Directors received a presentation from Jennifer Flagler-George, Senior Planner, on the results of the resident survey conducted in March of 2015. The survey is  part of the Waterloo Wellington LHIN’s community engagement efforts to help shape the next IHSP– the roadmap that will guide the work of the entire health system for the next three years: 2016 to 2019. 

During winter/spring Ipsos Reid was commissioned to complete a survey of Waterloo Wellington residents. A similar survey was also completed in 2009 and 2012. This year’s survey included the addition of new questions that focus on access to, and quality of, palliative care and mental health services. The results contribute to an understanding of trends that reflect resident health care usage and general opinions of health care services in the local area, as well as a detailed understanding of residents’ individual health status and condition.

For more information on the survey results please visit

Health System Annual Plan Progress Report

Elliot Fung, Senior Manager, Health System Integration provided the Board D with a progress report on the Waterloo Wellington LHIN’s Annual Business Plan. Some highlights include:

Primary Care Providers Receiving Hospital Patient Data Directly into Their Electronic Medical Record

A significant milestone to improve patient outcomes has launched. Grand River Hospital and St. Mary’s hospitals are the first hospitals in South Western Ontario to link their information systems directly with primary care electronic medical records (EMR) so key hospital information can be shared with primary care providers.

Health Service Providers Submitted Ideas for the 2015 – 2017 Assess and Restore Targeted Funding

Assess and Restore (A&R) interventions are short-term rehabilitative and restorative care treatments. They are meant to help seniors and other people who have experienced a reversible loss of their functional ability and who risk losing their independence. In 2014/15, the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) provided each LHIN with three years of targeted funding for (A&R) initiatives. The Waterloo Wellington LHIN invested in two (A&R) initiatives in 2014/15. Both initiatives are now complete.

Waterloo Wellington LHIN on the Shortlist for Integrated Funding Models in Ontario

A Waterloo Wellington Mental Health and Addictions Integrated Funding Model proposal is one of 14 selected proposals of 50 submissions received by the MOHLTC. Of the 14 selected proposals, Waterloo Wellington LHIN is the only proposal for Mental Health and Addictions.

Rural Wellington Health Services Integrated Plan – Update

Bruce Lauckner, CEO, provided a verbal update to the Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board of Directors on the Rural Wellington Health Services Integrated Plan.  In 2013, the Board endorsed the Rural Wellington Health Services Integrated Plan.  This plan was the result of extensive engagement with residents in rural Wellington and is focused on achieving optimal health and well-being for rural residents through a truly integrated health system.  Rural health care providers agreed through a Memorandum of Understanding to implement the report’s recommendations.

The plan included a review which would consider progress, structure and governance and identify next steps in integration. While there is evidence that some progress has been made, other elements, including integrated governance, has not yet been completed. The Waterloo Wellington LHIN has been working with both the North Wellington Health Care and Groves Memorial Community Hospital Boards on how best to proceed with implementing the plan as it relates to enhanced health outcomes, better access to care and value for money.  The Waterloo Wellington LHIN has also engaged KPMG to conduct a review on progress on the plan and support the resolution of the governance issues to support a truly integrated rural health system for residents. 

Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board Approves Investment of Base Funding for Suite of Key Initiatives to Support the Annual Business Plan

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN receives approximately $1B of funding from the MOHLTC each year, which is allocated across 74 health service providers in the Waterloo Wellington health system. The Board of Directors have approved an additional base funding allocation of $3.16M (funding to be confirmed by MOHLTC) to support a number of key initiatives outlined in the Annual Business Plan for 2015/2016.

These include:

Enhancing Access to Primary Care:

  • Chronic Disease Prevention & Management & Diabetes
  • Up to $200,000 to Groves Memorial Hospital for social work support in the community and rural diabetes education programs and to Woolwich Community Health Centre for certified respiratory educator services for the community.

Leading a Quality Healthcare System Using Evidence-based Practice:

Palliative care needs

  • Up to $964,000 to the Waterloo Wellington CCAC for nursing and support services for new 10-bed residential hospiceContinued…

  • Up to $400,000 to Hospice Waterloo region to build capacity for palliative care in long -term care (LTC)

Long-Term Care

  • Up to $200,000 to St. Joseph’s Health Care Guelph to increase capacity within the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) program in all 35 long-term care homes in Waterloo Wellington; 

Mental Health and Addictions

  • Up to $1,200,000 to the Canadian Mental Health Association - Waterloo Wellington Dufferin to create a Flexible Assertive Community Treatment (FACT) team in the Kitchener/Waterloo region;
  • Up to $200,000 to Stonehenge Therapeutic Community and House of Friendship to expand the availability of mental health and addictions supports in housing

Next Board Meeting

The next WWLHIN Board meeting will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2015.