Date: October 22, 2015
Kitchener, ON: The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s Board of Directors held their regular meeting on October 22, 2015. Below are highlights from the meeting. For the full agenda and briefing notes, please click here.
New Investment in Technology: System Coordinated Access
The Board of Directors approved a new investment of up to $250,000 in base funding to Langs Farm Village Association for the implementation of System Coordinated Access specialist referral.
This investment means that patients and providers will have access to better information to support referral choices, including being able to choose a preferred specialist, or to choose a specialist based on location and/or wait-times. This investment will make it easier to find specialists and the appropriate services and will create a more efficient and effective process for residents and providers.
Today, tomorrow and the future: 2015-16 Annual Business Plan and Integrated Health Service Plan 2016-2019
Progress and risks were shared with the Board related to the 2015-16 Annual Business Plan. Updates on the open performance factors were provided along with milestones. Staff continue to work with hospitals on challenging metrics which remain at risk, and an opportunity was identified to continue conversations with hospital governors to improve hospital wait time metrics.
The Board received an update on the progress on the development of the 2016-2019 Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP). With a significant focus on patient and designing a system that intentionally focusses on improving the patient experience, the next IHSP will address health equity, and truly put residents at the centre of the system. An emphasis will be made on building and strengthening community partnerships with non-traditional health providers, specifically those that address social determinants of health, including the education system, housing, municipalities etc.
Board members provided feedback on the draft and content will now be shared with the Ministry of Health for feedback. The plan will then be brought to the WWLHIN Board for approval. Staff are currently developing plans to launch IHSP 2016-19 in February, 2016, in line with Ministry guidelines.
Advancing an integrated health system for Wellington residents
A progress update was provided on the governance integration of the Wellington hospitals and advancing an integrated health system for residents in Wellington. Facilitator Mark Rochon continues to meet with the Steering Committee made up of Board members from both Groves Memorial hospital and North Wellington Health Care and the committee is making progress on meeting the deadline of November 30th 2015 to integrate their governance structure.
Saying goodbye to two WWLHIN Board members
The WWLHIN said goodbye to Director Bill Dinwoody and Vice Chair Dale Small as they attended their final Board meeting as Directors. Both Bill and Dale’s terms on the WWLHIN Board are ending next month.
Board Chair Joan Fisk thanked both directors for their commitment to residents across Waterloo Wellington over the past six years and wished them well.
As a result of Vice Chair Dale Small leaving, Director Jeff Nesbitt was appointed as the new Vice Chair and Director Michael Delisle was appointed Chair of the Finance and Audit committee.
Next Board Meeting
The next meeting of the WWLHIN Board of Directors will take place on December 17th at 2pm.
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