View this email in your browser

Message from the Chief Executive Officer


"Earlier this month marked the beginning of a new fiscal year at the Toronto Central LHIN, and the second year of our 2015-2018 strategic plan implementation. Like many in the health system, this is a busy time of year while we take a critical look at our successes throughout the previous year, and plan our work over the next twelve months and beyond."

The past few months have been quite active for the TC LHIN. In early 2016, we began consultations with primary care physicians, patients, caregivers and health service providers about the future of local health care. We heard feedback on the Ministry’s Patients First proposal, and input on the implementation of the TC LHIN’s strategic plan, specifically transformation of primary health and community care.

Click here to read Susan's message in full, and learn more about the Toronto Central LHIN's plans for the future in alignment with our strategic plan, what we have heard throughout our consultation process and the provincial direction as seen in the Patients First proposal.

Launch of TC LHIN Citizens' Panel

Over the last few months we have been busy building a Citizens’ Panel, a group of patients, caregivers, residents, who will work in partnership with the TC LHIN.

The panel will help us align our planning and strategy with the needs and priorities of those who touch our health care services every day. 

The panel, which will be co-chaired by TC LHIN CEO Susan Fitzpatrick and a panel member, will hold its first meeting on April 12, and will meet on a bi-monthly basis going forward.

We look forward to working with our Citizen’s Panel to ensure that our LHIN strategies and initiatives are informed by what matters most to the individuals, families and communities we serve.  

TC LHIN Regional Quality Table Announcement


Announcement of Dr. Andrea Moser as TC LHIN's New Clinical Quality Lead


It is our great pleasure to announce that, following a competitive process, Dr. Andrea Moser is the successful candidate for the role of TC LHIN Clinical Quality Lead.

In this position, Dr. Moser will have the opportunity to influence positive change, with the ultimate goal of aligning the quality agenda, and engaging the Toronto Central LHIN community to build on and help accelerate existing efforts to promote a culture of quality that will enable improved patient outcomes, experience of care and value for money.

Click here to read more about Andrea Moser and Health Quality Ontario's Regional Quality Tables.

TC LHIN's First Ever Indigenous Health Strategy

In partnership with Toronto Public Health, we hosted a community feast on March 23, 2016 to launch of the first community-driven and holistic Indigenous Health Strategy for the TC LHIN, which was created by the Toronto Indigenous Health Advisory Circle (TIHAC).

Held at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto, the TIHAC strategic plan launch was well attended by over 70 community members and leadership from TC LHIN and Toronto Public Health and featured a feast with traditional Indigenous food, and an Indigenous women’s drum group, Hidden River Singers. Diane Longboat and Cindy White, traditional elders, presided over the cultural elements of the event.

We will use the Toronto Indigenous Health Strategy as a blueprint for making funding decisions that will have a real and positive on the health of the Indigenous community.

We look forward to sharing this strategy broadly in the coming weeks. For more information please contact Ellen Blais

 What's New in Palliative Care

Announcement of the Ontario Palliative Care Network and TC LHIN Palliative Updates

TC LHIN Palliative Care Council and local health service providers have been working on implementing TC LHIN’s Palliative Care Strategy. Developed in 2014, the goals of this strategy are to improve client and caregiver experience and to achieve a 10% reduction in total hospital days due to palliative care.
On March 11, 2016 the new Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) was officially launched. This launch signals a new direction for palliative care in the province where programs will be more aligned, quality and performance will be measured and patients and families will have a voice at the decision tables.
The OPCN is a partnership of community stakeholders, health service providers and health systems planners who are developing a coordinated, standardized approach for delivering palliative care services in the province. 

Currently, the OPCN is gathering information through surveys and environmental scans to support the formation of 14 Regional Palliative Care Programs. 

TC LHIN and partners will continue moving forward on our strategy, and once we know more about the OPCN's provincial direction, we will ensure alignment of our work. 

TC LHIN Visits to Local Health Service Providers

Since October 2015, our CEO, Susan Fitzpatrick, has been traveling around the TC LHIN to get to know each one of our over 170 health service providers.

Susan is the first TC LHIN CEO to set this goal, and it is one of the ways she is orienting herself to the uniqueness of Toronto and our local health system.

To date, Susan has visited 57 health service providers across all sectors, and has been impressed by all of the great work that is happening across the LHIN. TC LHIN staff and Board members have also been delighted to attend these visits with her.

We believe these meetings have been an excellent learning opportunity and relationship-building experience for all involved, and is a way to improve communication between the LHIN and the health service providers it funds.

We look forward to meeting with those health service providers that we have not yet had the chance to visit.

Pictured above is from the TC LHIN visit to Progress Place, which is a TC LHIN-funded recovery centre for people living with mental illness that is located by Church and Bloor.

Syrian Refugee Mental Health Training Update

TC LHIN has been closely involved with both the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, the City of Toronto, and a variety of other groups to ensure a successful integration of Syrian refugees into the health system.

As of the March 28, 2016, 3,150 government and privately sponsored refugees arrived in Toronto from Syria. Refugees are a particularly vulnerable population at risk for mental health problems as a result of their exposure to violence, forced displacement and hardship associated with life as a refugee.  

Through TC LHIN funding, more than 300 health and social service providers in our LHIN and beyond enrolled in the Refugee Mental Health Training course developed by CAMH. By completing this on-line training course, service providers increased their capacity to effectively support refugees by learning about the complex and multiple factors impacting refugees’ mental health, help-seeking behaviors and best practices in assessment and treatment.

This training serves as a health equity capacity building tool for providers as they gain knowledge and tools that will allow them to address specific vulnerabilities before they lead to long-term health disparities.  TC LHIN is very proud to be part of this important initiative.


Message from the Chief Executive Officer

Launch of TC LHIN Citizens' Panel

TC LHIN Regional Quality Table Announcement

TC LHIN's First Ever Indigenous Health Strategy

What's New in Palliative Care

TC LHIN Visits to Local Health Service Providers

Syrian Refugee Mental Health Training Update


Susan Fitzpatrick, TC LHIN CEO, is speaking at IHMPE's Health System Design Sympsosium.

Upcoming Public Board Meeting:

Local CHC and FHT inter-professional teams have been invited to two upcoming primary care consultations:

  • April 18, 2016
  • April 21, 2016
Email Greg Stevens for more information.

Upcoming TC LHIN Visits to Health Service Providers:

  • SickKids
  • Providence
  • Holland Bloorview
  • Bellwoods
1-866-383-5446 (toll free)  

Office Address
425 Bloor Street East, Suite 201
Toronto, ON
M4W 3R4
Media inquiries can be directed to the Communications Specialist:
Ryan Joyce 

Copyright © * 2016* * Toronto Central LHIN*, All rights reserved.

You are receiving this newsletter because you are an important stakeholder of the Toronto Central LHIN. Not interested in receiving further issues?
Feel free to unsubscribe from this list.

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network · 425 Bloor St. East · Toronto, On M4W 3R4 · Canada

Email Marketing Powered by MailChimp