August 3, 2017

Board Highlights

The Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration Network (WWLHIN)’s Board of Directors held a meeting on July 26, 2017. Below are highlights from the meeting. For the full agenda and briefing notes, please click here

WWLHIN Board Endorses Plan for New MRI at Grand River Hospital

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN Board of Directors has endorsed a plan for a new Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine at Grand River Hospital to improve access to diagnostic imaging for local residents.

The current MRI at Grand River Hospital is twelve years old and in need of replacement. A new machine would reduce downtime for maintenance, improving access to MRIs and reducing wait times.

The total project cost is estimated at $12 million. Grand River Hospital and its Foundation are committing to fund the equipment (estimated at $4.5 million), with the remainder related to construction expenses and renovations (estimated at $7.5 million) being requested through the capital process from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Health Capital Branch.

The WWLHIN Board’s endorsement is for Grand River Hospital’s pre-capital submission, part of a 5 stage capital approval process through the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.

Read more here.

WWLHIN Board Supports Plan to Bring New Cardiac Service to St. Mary’s General Hospital

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN board endorsed a proposal to bring a new cardiac service, Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation (TAVI), to St. Mary’s General Hospital in Kitchener.

St. Mary’s provides high-quality cardiac care to residents across Waterloo Wellington through its Regional Cardiac Program. Currently, patients receiving TAVI need to travel to London for the procedure. Bringing it to St. Mary’s would improve access to care for local residents, allowing them to receive the procedure and recover close to home.

Read more here.

Rapid Recovery Therapy Program: Helping Patients Transition from Hospital Sooner

An innovative Rapid Recovery Therapy program is helping patients transition from hospital sooner, allowing them to receive high-quality, intensive rehabilitative care in their home.

The program increases capacity in the health system by freeing up rehabilitative care beds for patients with the most complex needs. Not only do patients achieve similar outcomes to their in-hospital peers, but they greatly appreciate being at home.

A patient in the program shared, “There was someone here every day, working with me and encouraging me. Being at home motivated me to do more. I was more active and felt more comfortable doing my exercises because I was in an environment that I knew.”

As a result of the program, 1,300 hospital bed days were saved with $1 million reinvested into care for other patients.

Waterloo Wellington LHIN Recognized as a Provincial Leader in Stroke Care by Ontario Stroke Network

Residents in Waterloo Wellington are receiving exceptional stroke care and rehabilitation according to annual report cards released by the Ontario Stroke Network (OSN) and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Services (ICES).

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN was highlighted as the top provincial performer in seven areas, helping more residents return home sooner and healthier after a stroke while reducing transfers to long-term care. The report compared the effectiveness of prevention programs, access to, and the effectiveness of acute care and rehabilitation services for Ontarians who suffered a stroke in 2015-16.

The Waterloo Wellington LHIN was #1 in Ontario for: 

  • Highest percent of patients treated on a specialized stroke unit (81%)
  • Highest number of minutes of daily rehab therapy
  • Highest percent of stroke rehab patients going home within target (84%)


Our next Board meeting will take place on September 20, 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

Jeff Nesbitt - Acting Board Chair

Michael Delisle

William Jamieson (Jim) Harper

Bryan Larkin

Karen Scian 

Peter Sweeney

Jan Varner

Rita Westbrook