December 14,  2016

Board Highlights

The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network’s Board of Directors held a meeting on December 20, 2016. Below are highlights from the meeting. For the full agenda and briefing notes, please click here.

Waterloo Wellington Achieves Lowest Emergency Department Wait time Ever Recorded

Waterloo Wellington emergency departments recently had the lowest wait time ever recorded in Ontario for patients with complex medical conditions which can also include those waiting for a hospital stay. This means the sickest patients are receiving the fastest care here than anywhere else in the province. Patients with complex medical conditions waited in the emergency department for 6.98 hours for care or an in-hospital bed compared to the provincial average of 8 hours.

Better Access to Mental Health and Addictions Care

Residents will soon benefit from significant improvements designed to improve local mental health services. To increase access to care and reduce wait times, the WWLHIN has funded a number of initiatives, including:

  • A first-in-Ontario initiative that electronically connects mental health services to primary care providers to provide better care for patients. Residents who access Canadian Mental Health Association Waterloo Wellington (CMHA WW) services and agree to have their information securely shared with their primary care provider will have that information updated in their electronic medical record automatically, allowing their primary care provider to better support their care;
  • The development of on-line self-management tools so that residents have support while they are waiting for more comprehensive care; and
  • A collaborative project with primary care to better understand what they need to better support their patients and to develop standards of mental health care.  

Waterloo Wellington LHIN partners with Crime Prevention Council and Grand River Hospital to address opioid crisis

Michael Parkinson, community engagement liaison with the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council, presented at the board meeting about the opioid crisis, an addictions issue that costs the health system and people in Ontario approximately $2.2B each year.

The WWLHIN has partnered with the Waterloo Region Crime Prevention Council and Grand River Hospital to help fund the provision of home Naloxone kits for those at risk of an overdose.

More information is available here.

WWLHIN supports new community hub in Guelph

The WWLHIN supported an application for a new health, community and social services hub in the Brant Neighbourhood in Guelph. The area has limited public transit and few public services. A community hub in the Brant neigbourhood of Guelph will improve health equity by bringing together health, education and social services to support vulnerable residents with limited access to existing services. More info is available here.

Next Board Meeting: Our next Board meeting will take place on January 25, 2017.


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

Board & Governance

The WWLHIN is governed by a Board of up to nine directors who are selected by the Lieutenant Governor in Council and appointed through Order in Council. The Board is bound by agreements with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, is responsible for the management and control of the affairs of the WWLHIN, and is the key point of interaction with the Ministry.

Board of Directors

 Joan Fisk

Joan Fisk - Chair

Joan Fisk has held leadership positions within the business community, including President and CEO, Tiger Brand Knitting Company Ltd, and most recently serving as President and CEO of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce from 2008 - 2010.

Jeff Nesbitt

Jeff Nesbitt - Vice Chair

Jeff Nesbitt is the Vice President for the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation (CMHF) working with a national team to help men and their families live healthier lives. 


Michael Delisle

Michael Delisle is the president and CEO of The Registrar Company Inc. and has also held the same position at consulting firm McCormick Delisle and Thompson Inc. as well as executive positions at KPMG, General Electric and ABB.

Bryan Larkin

Bryan Larkin

Bryan Larkin is the Chief of Waterloo Regional Police Services and is responsible for providing executive leadership to Waterloo Regional Police Service and facilitates the administrative and operational delivery of policing services to Waterloo Region while fostering relationships with community stakeholders, partners and all citizens.

Murray O'Brien

Murray O’Brien

Murray O’Brien is a Certified Human Resources Professional. He retired from Schneider Foods in Kitchener after 28 years of service where he held senior leadership positions in human resources.

Jan Varner

Jan Varner, a well-known community leader with more than 30 years of governance experience, is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the United Way Kitchener Waterloo & Area.