June 18, 2015
The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has been recognized as having the “most improved progress” in stroke care according to a study released today by the Ontario Stroke Network (OSN) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Services (ICES).
The report compared the level of access, treatment and rehabilitation of people across the province who suffered strokes in 2013-2014. While all care indicators have improved in the Waterloo Wellington LHIN, the report underscores four areas of improvement that illustrate that more patients are receiving the right care, faster.
- Stroke rehabilitation
- More patients are getting the specialized care they need. More patients who have suffered a severe stroke are receiving inpatient rehabilitation, from 33.7 per cent in 2012/13 up to 42.1 per cent in 2013/14 while mild stroke patients are receiving outpatient rehabilitation services.
- More patients are going home within the ambitious Quality-Based Procedure length of stay, up to 59.8 per cent in 2013/14 compared to 38 per cent in 2012/13.
- More patients are being discharged home with increased functional ability, despite arriving at hospital earlier and sicker.
- Acute care
- Access to acute care for stroke patients has increased with the opening of a second acute stroke unit in December 2013.
Stroke care in Waterloo Wellington continues to improve as a result of a 2013 WW LHIN Board of directors’ decision to integrate stroke services in the region and the great work of the physicians, nurses, therapists and all the staff involved in the stroke program.
The Canadian Stroke Congress International Conference (CSCIC) has invited the Waterloo Wellington LHIN, along with key local stroke health service providers, to attend this year’s conference and share their successes in integrated stroke care.
“Our residents are benefiting from integrated, collaborative stroke care in Waterloo Wellington and that’s something we are enormously proud of. Integrated stroke care has allowed us to work as a team to identify gaps in the system and ensure that every stroke patient receives care that is grounded in best practice. An achievement like this doesn’t happen in isolation. Thank you to the physicians, nurses, therapists and all the staff involved in the stroke program for their hard work in improving care for our residents.”
- Bruce Lauckner, CEO, WWLHIN
"These improvements really speak to the tremendous teamwork in our Region. Everyone has worked so hard - our front line staff from area hospitals, the Community Care Access Centres, the Waterloo Wellington LHIN and our other community partners have all come together to ensure that patients in our Region are getting the best possible care, all along the continuum. We are most proud that we've brought excellent care close to home- all stroke patients are now able to access specialized stroke and rehabilitative care to support their recovery and that more patients get to make more functional gains and return home to their lives and their families."
- Jennifer Breaton, Director, Waterloo Wellington Stroke Program
The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network is a team of local health care and business professionals who help to plan, integrate (connect and improves), and fund health services to improve the health and well-being of approximately 775,000 residents in Waterloo Region, Wellington County, the City of Guelph, and the southern part of Grey County.
The Ontario Stroke Network is a non-profit organization funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and provides provincial leadership and coordination for the Ontario Stroke System by recommending, implementing and evaluating province-wide goals and standards for the continuum of stroke care, including health promotion and stroke prevention, acute care, recovery and reintegration.
The Canadian Stroke Congress fosters information sharing and participants of its annual conference are invited to exchange ideas, collaborate and learn about innovation in stroke prevention and care.
Information about the Waterloo Wellington LHIN on our website www.wwlhin.on.ca.
Elliot Fung, Interim Director of Communications and Engagement
519.650.4472, Ext. 246
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