September 20, 2017
WWLHIN Clinical Leadership Team Announcement
The Waterloo Wellington Health System is what it is today because of the dedicated and highly skilled staff, clinicians and volunteers overseeing and delivering care to our almost 800,000 residents.
We have been able to address some significant challenges by listening closely to patients, caregivers, staff and clinicians, and working with you to remove barriers, implement solutions, and shift resources to areas of highest need. As we move to make the health system easier for all, and to make progress on a larger scale, we are formalizing additional clinical leadership at the LHIN.
We know that to better support patients, we need to make the health system easier and more effective for front-line staff and clinicians. These improvements are only possible with those on the front-lines having more influence on decisions and design of the system in which they work. As the LHIN and CCAC came together, we have even more front-line connections than before. We are proud of our diverse staff team that includes doctors, nurses, therapists, social workers, and other multi-disciplinary professionals.
Building on the success of past dedicated clinical roles, I am extremely pleased to announce the new Clinical Leadership Team at the Waterloo Wellington LHIN. These highly-skilled clinical leaders will bring the voice of the clinician and patient directly to the decision-making table as we look to make the right investments and improvements in the local health system. This will complement the input from our newly formed Patient and Family Advisory Committee.
The clinical leadership team will help us as we look at population health at the sub-region level and work with their clinical colleagues and other community partners to advance our mission to make it easy for residents to be healthy, and to get the care and support that they need. They will help us to continue our focus on quality and improved patient outcomes, supporting the consistent delivery of high-quality care that meets clinical best-practice standards for the residents of Waterloo Wellington.
This enhancement to our organization is a commitment to the thousands of health professionals working tirelessly to make the system work better for their patients. We are listening. Combined with our dedicated home and community care team of nurses, therapists, social workers, and others, this brings us closer to the patient and will enable us to better put the patient and their care team at the centre of the health system.
The WWLHIN Clinical Team includes:
VP, Clinical – Dr. Kunuk Rhee
Dr. Rhee is currently the Chief of Staff and VP, Medical at Cambridge Memorial Hospital. He is a family physician with extensive experience as a hospitalist, having served as Chief of the Department of Family Medicine at MacKenzie Health, Medical Director of the Hospitalist Division at Humber River Regional Hospital, and as corporate Physician Lead of the Hospitalist division at William Osler Health Centre.
He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at McMaster University and an Adjunct Clinical Instructor and Lecturer at the University of Toronto. Dr. Rhee has also served as Chair and Past‑Chair of the Ontario Medical Association and has received the Canadian Society of Hospital Medicine’s Excellence in Leadership Award.
A big movie buff, Dr. Rhee also enjoys playing the violin with his 11‑year‑old daughter. He will continue to serve as Chief of Staff at Cambridge Memorial Hospital.
“I am excited at the opportunity to make a difference at the regional level. It’s really all about patients, realizing that if we can wrap services around patients then quality of care is going to change. If we do this well, and find new ways to work together, we will improve the health of the communities we serve.”
Sub‑Region Clinical Leads
In addition to continuing to see patients through their existing practices, the following physicians will serve as sub-region clinical leads.
Wellington Sub‑Region - Dr. Peter McPhedran
Dr. McPhedran has been practicing as a family physician in rural Southern Ontario for 33 years with 20 years of experience in obstetrics and 25 years of experience in emergency medicine. He enjoys the full-scope of practice offered in rural primary care, assisting patients both inside and outside of the hospital. He is currently seeing patients two days a week at Homewood Health Centre in Guelph as a hospitalist, supporting patients with eating disorders. He also cares for patients in Fergus as a surgical assistant in the operating room and at a walk-in clinic.
In addition to caring for patients, Dr. McPhedran has served for the past three years as the Waterloo Wellington LHIN’s primary care physician lead for chronic disease prevention and management. He is also a part-time clinical assistant professor in Family Medicine at McMaster University.
“One of the things I bring to the table is experience practicing in the majority of primary care models. I have an understanding of the challenges docs face in different models as they work to navigate the health system for patients and am able to put myself in their shoes quite easily. I am looking forward to getting out and working with my colleagues to bring their ideas to the system table.”
Guelph-Puslinch Sub-Region - Dr. David Schieck
Dr. Schieck is currently a family physician at the Guelph Family Health team and the past-chair of the Ontario Medical Association’s Section on General and Family Practice. A long-time member of the Waterloo Wellington LHIN’s primary care advisory committee, Dr. Schieck is passionate about making change at the system level that allows him to directly impact his patients and local community.
Dr. Schieck and his wife have four children – twin boys who are 16, a 14‑year‑old boy, and a 10‑year‑old girl. Growing up on a dairy farm in Drayton, and currently living in Elora, Dr. Schieck has a real appreciation for the benefits of living in both urban and rural communities. He also deeply understands the importance of these communities working together to provide a system of health services for residents.
“We have great opportunity in Guelph to advance change at the system level. Having many of our primary care providers under one umbrella has allowed us to implement broad changes fairly quickly – with great learnings to share with our colleagues across the LHIN. I look forward to listening and working to bring the front-line voice to the table to inform how the system improves to support patients.”
Cambridge-North Dumfries - Dr. Anil Maheshwari
Dr. Maheshwari is currently a family physician at the Grandview Medial Centre Family Health Team in Cambridge. He is also the Chief of Family Medicine at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, and the hospital’s Medical Director of Social Media.
He is a big proponent of exercise as medicine and is passionate about teaching prevention, patient engagement, and the use of technology to improve patient care. When he’s not taking care of patients, you can find him at the ice rink watching his 14‑year‑old daughter skate, or dolling out healthy living advice as a regular on 91.5 the beat.
“I’m excited to be able to make changes that affect a lot of patients. When I’m in my office, I can improve one life at a time. When you make a system change you can affect a lot more lives at once. There are huge opportunities to improve the patient experience in Cambridge-North Dumfries. We are fortunate to have a very engaged physician community here with a lot of work already underway in areas like mental health, eHealth, and more.”
Kitchener-Waterloo-Wellesley-Wilmot-Woolwich – Dr. Joe Lee
Dr. Lee is currently the Chair & Lead Physician at the Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team in Kitchener-Waterloo. An award-winning family physician, he is also an Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine at McMaster University. A long-time Kitchener resident, Dr. Lee bikes to work most days from his home in Kitchener. He and his wife Linda have raised three children in the region and are the proud grandparents of a 10‑month old grandson.
“KW4 is a diverse sub-region where there is great opportunity to think outside of the box, leveraging different voices and experiences to strengthen our health system. I am incredibly passionate about driving greater equity and fairness in health for local residents, and leveling the playing field for my colleagues working across the system.”
Please join me in welcoming these dedicated clinical leaders to the WWLHIN team. They join our Critical Care Lead Dr. Frank Reinders, Chief Clinical Information Officer Dr. Mohamed Alarakhia, and Palliative Care Physician Lead Dr. Rachel Halligan.
I would also like to thank Dr. Sabrina Lim Reinders for her outstanding leadership as our primary care physician lead for the past 5 years. Dr. Lim Reinders will be increasing focus on her leadership role at University Health Network – Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. In addition to providing medical direction for inpatient care and long-term care, and developing a robust family medicine teaching model at the Bickle Centre, Dr Lim Reinders will be returning to more direct patient care, working to streamline the process across all sites. We wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for her drive and determination. Thank you Sabrina!
I look forward to sharing more about the clinical team as their work progresses. If you are interested in connecting with the WWLHIN Clinical Team, please contact April Howell at 519‑748‑2222 x3203 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about the Waterloo Wellington LHIN and its Board of Directors is available on the Waterloo Wellington LHIN website at www.wwlhin.on.ca.
Director, Communications & Community Engagement, Waterloo Wellington LHIN
519-748-2222 ext. 3235