August 2016

Board Highlights

The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s Board of Directors held a meeting on August 10, 2016. Below are highlights from the meeting. For the full agenda and briefing notes, please click here.

Streamlined Access to Hip, Knee and Joint Care

Residents needing hip, knee and joint care are now benefiting from a new orthopedic referral centralized intake service that connects primary care with specialists to improve process and patient experience.  Since the launch in May, 771 patient referrals have been processed, with 47% of family physicians having utilized the service. 

Integration to Improve Physiotherapy Care for Local Residents

Grand River Hospital will launch a new Knee Assessment Centre as a result of the transfer of 756 physiotherapy episodes of care from St. Mary’s General Hospital. The new service will address volume pressures, maximize available resources for residents, and improve access to timely care.

The Knee Assessment Centre will screen patients and connect them to the care they need, whether surgery or further therapy. With evidence from other centres suggesting that up to 40% of referred patients do not need an MRI or surgery, this model of care will reduce wait times for orthopaedic support, MRIs and therapy services.

The WWLHIN Board supported the integration to improve access to care for local residents, and ensure the most efficient use of local health resources.

Refreshing and Formalizing Sub-Region Geographies

Sub-regions are local geographies within Local Health Integration Networks. Sub-regions allow LHINs to better plan, integrate, and improve the performance of local health services. They also have the potential to better identify and capture diverse population needs–be they linguistic, cultural or others–and to help our health care system better respond to these needs.

While planning through Health Links has occurred in the sub-regions for years now, the Waterloo Wellington LHIN is currently working towards refreshing and formalizing its local sub-region geographies. Click here to learn more.

Presentation: Local Resident Shares Innovative Program for Young Onset Dementia

A local resident from the University of Waterloo’s St. Paul’s Social Impact Incubator presented about young onset dementia that affects an estimated 74,000 people age 65 and younger across Canada. Inspired by family who have been personally affected, the resident is working to develop innovative strategies that will ensure there is specialized education and support for Canadians with young onset dementia.

More Residents Benefiting from Aphasia Support Program

The Waterloo Wellington Aphasia Program is serving more residents as a result of a successful performance improvement plan. The Waterloo Wellington LHIN worked collaboratively with the Aphasia Program on a plan to increase the number of clients served, increase awareness of the program, and implement a client satisfaction survey that was implemented over the past year.  The Aphasia Program is a community based day program that provides one to one visits and support groups for individuals requiring post stroke care.

Next Board Meeting: Our next Board meeting will take place on October 12, 2016.


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