Date: August 19, 2015
Kitchener, ON: The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s (WWLHIN) Board of Directors held their regular meeting on August 13, 2015. Below are highlights from the meeting. For the full agenda and briefing notes, please click here.
Integrated Care in Rural Wellington - Review of Governance at North Wellington Hospitals
The WWLHIN Board received an update on progress toward a truly integrated, high quality health system for Rural Wellington residents related to resolving governance issues at North Wellington Health Care and Groves Memorial Community Hospital. The WWLHIN remains committed to ensuring rural Wellington residents have optimal health and well-being by having care close to home for residents, and quality services that are accessible and delivered in a coordinated, efficient and cost effective manner.
The current dispute between the two hospital Boards has put the financial and operational stability of both hospitals at risk. An independent review by Mark Rochon of KPMG, an expert in hospital administration as well as rural health care, has identified significant risks related to the current governance structure and recommended the two boards formally integrate. It was also confirmed that the WWLHIN does not have plans to close hospitals or move hospital services; instead, the goal is to make sure that quality, integrated care is provided to rural residents close to home.
In order to realize this goal of an integrated rural system and to resolve outstanding governance issues between the hospital boards, WWLHIN Board passed the following motion: That the WWLHIN Board of Directors appoint Mark Rochon of KPMG as a Facilitator, to work with the governors, staff and the community to integrate the governance structure of North Wellington Health Care and Groves Hospitals into one by November 30, 2015.
The WWLHIN Board members discussed the importance of community engagement as part of the process and the expectation that the next steps include opportunities for local resident input.
Developing the next 3-Year plan for the Health System
WWLHIN reviewed the results of a survey of local residents and front-line care providers. Board members thanked the 1140 local residents who provided their input into identifying strengths and areas for improvement in the health care system. This information, along with numerous other inputs, are being consolidated into the next 3-year plan to create a truly integrated, high quality health system for residents.
The Board confirmed their commitment to grounding the health system in the experience of residents and in ensuring integration in care at the local level, based in four planning areas – Rural Wellington, Guelph, Cambridge & North Dumfries, and Kitchener Waterloo Woolwich Wilmot Wellesley.
At the meeting, the Board also reviewed and discussed activities and risks in achieving the current Plan for improving the health system, performance of Health Service providers in achieving their service accountability agreements, and governors from Cambridge Memorial hospital and Caressant Care Long-Term Care presented on how they are leading integration in the health system.
Next Board Meeting
The next WWLHIN Board meeting will be held on Thursday, October 15, 2015.
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