Waterloo Wellington News

August 7, 2015

Waterloo Wellington LHIN Investing in the Health of Rural Wellington Residents 

Residents of rural Wellington will benefit from two investments in health care that will increase access, reduce wait times and ensure patient-centred care. 

As part of a provincial investment of more than $7M for small hospitals announced earlier this summer, North Wellington Health Care and Groves Memorial Hospital both received a 1% increase in base funding.  This combined base funding increase of $318,800 will allow these hospitals to reduce wait times for care, expand programs in partnership with community organizations and provide educational opportunities for staff.

In addition, residents with diabetes living in rural Wellington will also benefit from increased access to education and care because of a further $120,000 investment from the Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN).

The additional funding for diabetes education programs at Groves Memorial Hospital and North Wellington Health Care will enhance access to vital support provided by social workers to help patients better manage their health and navigate the health system through an additional 450 social work visits.

Both of these investments will also help to address health outcomes and gaps in care for residents of rural Wellington, issues highlighted in a 2013 report commissioned by the Waterloo Wellington LHIN, and reiterates the WWLHIN commitment of ensuring rural Wellington residents have care close to home through services that are accessible when needed.

QUOTES

“We are committed to ensuring that all residents of Waterloo Wellington receive high quality, efficient care. The increased access made possible through these investments will see more patients receive the care they need, close to home while benefitting from the individualized support they need to allow them to manage their health more effectively.” - Bruce Lauckner, CEO, WWLHIN

“These investments continue to support the efforts of our physicians and staff in providing quality care close to home.  The WWLHIN investment in rural health care continues to benefit and address the needs of our communities.” - Jerome Quenneville, President and CEO, North Wellington Health Care Corporation

QUICK FACTS

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.

LEARN MORE

To read the Rural Wellington Health Service Integration Report: click here


Contact:

Cheryl Evans  
Communications Lead

Waterloo Wellington LHIN

519-650-4472 ext. 248
cheryl.evans@lhins.on.ca