June 22, 2016

Board Highlights

The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s Board of Directors held a meeting on June 22, 2016. Below are highlights from the meeting. For the full agenda and briefing notes, please click here.

Community Report – 2015-16 Year in Review

The Waterloo Wellington Board was presented with an overview of the achievements that were made by the Waterloo LHIN and its many health service partners in 2015-16 to enhance our residents’ access to primary care, create a more seamless and coordinated health care experience and lead a quality health care system. Highlights of achievements include:

  • Waterloo Wellington residents are some of the least likely in Ontario to need to visit the hospital again following a hospital stay for a chronic condition (Diabetes, Congestive Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, surgery, or heart attack – meaning they receive high quality care in hospital and in their home following a hospital stay.
  • 2,200 residents with complex medical and social needs now have a coordinated care plan.
  • 1,250 Syrian refugees were connected to medical and public health care.
  • 34,000 virtual care visits in Waterloo Wellington helped to connect people with the care they need without having to travel.  
  • Waterloo Wellington has the shortest wait time in Ontario for home and community care (time to service from application in community setting was 13 days).      
  • $17.1M was reinvested into hospital care by reducing the number of days residents spend in hospital waiting for care elsewhere (alternate level of care).
  • Waterloo Wellington residents have spent 978,360 fewer hours waiting for care in emergency departments since 2008.
  • 192 more long-term care beds opened in Waterloo at the Village of University Gates.

St Mary’s General Hospital and the Waterloo Region Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinic

St. Mary’s General Hospital Board Chair Dieter Kays provided an overview of the organization’s mission, vision and expertise in the areas of cardiac, emergency, thoracic surgery and many others with the perspective that greater collaboration between health organizations is vital to improving patient care locally.

The Board also heard from Lynn Voelzing, the Board Chair of the Waterloo Region Nurse Practitioner Led Clinic (WRNPLC) with two locations (Kitchener, Cambridge) that opened in 2010 as part of a Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care initiative to connect people who didn’t have regular access to care with primary care providers. The WRNPLC supports some of our community’s most vulnerable patients – those with medically and socially complex needs and/or lower income - through a team of professionals that include: nurse practitioners, social workers, a dietitian, a pharmacist and a physician.

How your health system is performing

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN believes that access to transparent information about local health system performance is vital to creating a more coordinated health system and producing better health outcomes for our local residents. The Annual Plan Performance Dashboard provides a means for monitoring progress on our local Annual Plan initiatives and metrics. The Annual Plan Performance Dashboard will be updated on a monthly basis for 2016/17 on the Waterloo Wellington LHIN website. 

Next Board Meeting: Our next Board meeting will take place on August 10, 2016.


Connie MacDonald
Director, Communications & Community Engagement
Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN)
519-650-4472 ext. 235