Date: September 18, 2015
Kitchener, ON: The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s (WWLHIN) Board of Directors held their regular meeting on September 16, 2015. Below are highlights from the meeting. For the full agenda and briefing notes, please click here.
Governance Integration in Wellington Hospitals
The WWLHIN Board received an update on progress since their August 13, 2015 meeting where they passed a motion to appoint a facilitator to work with Governors, staff and the community to integrate the governance structure of North Wellington Health Care and Groves Hospitals into one by November 30, 2015.
This motion was passed to bring to an end to the current governance dispute between the two hospital Boards, a dispute that has put the health outcomes of residents at risk by threatening the success of an integrated rural system as well as both hospitals financial and operational stability. The WWLHIN expects the hospital boards to properly engage the public to seek input in the consensus solution they develop.
The WWLHIN Board heard that since August, each hospital Board has shown their commitment to strengthening their partnership and supporting a stronger integrated system, by each submitting four names of governors who will sit on a governance steering committee and work directly with Mark Rochon to plan out the activities to achieve the outcome set out in the motion by November 30, 2015. The steering committee will guide the community engagement activities which will be part of the process moving forward. The WWLHIN Board also sought clarification on the costs associated with resolving this governance dispute and confirmed that up to $75,000 will be spent between both Boards on their efforts. 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.
Mental Health and Addictions Update
WWLHIN Board received an update on progress to date on improving mental health and addictions services for residents, including an update on the launch of Here 24/7 and how the integration of community mental health services has impacted the experience for residents needing mental health services. The WWLHIN Board also received an update on the success of Community Hubs – a WWLHIN realization of the “Prince Albert Experience”: Using the concept created in Prince Albert Saskatchewan, several “hub models” were established to align system services with a focus on high-risk individuals and families. The Hub model in WWLHIN took on the form of a “Connectivity Table” in Cambridge; the “Situation Table” in Guelph and the “Downtown Hub model” in Kitchener. Collectively, the three tables have served 194 complex residents with wrap around services to reduce the risk of imminent harm or need for intensive interventions.
Next Board Meeting
The next WWLHIN Board meeting will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015.
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