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The Central West LHIN is pleased to publish the October 2015 edition of  Working Together for Healthy Change, highlighting work, events and resident stories that support the LHIN's Integrated Health Services Plan - IHSP 3.
Healthy Communities Initiative | Coming together to get more KIDS, more ACTIVE, more OFTEN. Find out more ... 
Peel Memorial Tops Off Take a peek inside the new Peel Memorial and find out what the next major milestones are.  Read more ...  
Community Update | Did you miss the Summer 2015 edition? Get it here ...
Governance and Leadership ForumMoving Forward with IHSP 4. Read more ...
In this issue ... 

  In the News
  • Province invests $3.1M for infrastructure upgrades at Etobicoke General Hospital
  • Governance and Leadership Forum (October 2015) | Moving forward with IHSP 4
  • Peel Memorial Tops Off | Peel Memorial reaches a notable milestone... take a peak inside!
  • A successful collaboration for members of the Francophone Seniors Coalition 
  • Mark Your Calendars! - 5th Annual Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Conference
   Healthy Change in Action
  • The Healthy Communities Initiative... getting more kids, more active, more often!  
  • Central West CCAC | Physiotherapy programs for seniors... patient perspectives (video)
  • Tell Us Your Story!
   Improve Access to Care

       Chronic Disease Prevention and Management
  • Excercise and falls (PILOT) program Moves Ahead for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Patients
       Mental Health and Addictions Services
  • Reducing wait times for supportive housing and supports
       Services for Seniors
  • New Nurse Practitioners support resident care in the Central West LHIN
  • Pay for results funding helps improve patient transitions
   Streamline Transitions & Navigation

       Health Links
  • Dufferin-Caledon Health Link introduces use of Care Coordination Tool
       Telemedicine - Telehomecare 
  • Telehomecare update
       Enabling Technologies
  • Expanding the reach... of REACH (Rapid Electronic Access to Clinical Health)
   In the News

Province invests $3.1M for infrastructure upgrades at Etobicoke General Hospital

Ontario is renewing hospital infrastructure in north Etobicoke and surrounding communities to ensure local patients get the care they need. The province is investing $3.1 million for infrastructure upgrades to address critical infrastructure needs at William Osler Health System’s Etobicoke General Hospital site. Funding is provided as part of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s (the Ministry) Health Infrastructure Renewal Fund (HIRF), an annual allocation intended to assist hospitals in renewing their hospital facilities.  Find out more...

HIRF funding is provided in addition to funds allocated for Etobicoke General's transformation. On track to open in 2019, a new state-of-the-art wing will provide the best in diagnostics, treatment and technology to serve the community’s most urgent health care needs. Find out more...



Governance and Leadership Forum | Moving forward with IHSP 4

In May, marking the start of what would invariably become a summer filled with planing activity, health care professionals gathered to share valuable insights in support of developing the Central West LHIN's next and fourth Integrated Health Service Plan - IHSP 4. Fast forward to October 1st where, with over 140 engaged governors and leaders in attendance, the LHIN was pleased to present the results of its work... the next phase of its commitment to transform the local health care system into one that places the needs of LHIN residents first. 

IHSP 4 will be ambitious yet actionable. It will be flexible, able to adapt to the ever changing needs of the environment. And, with a focus on quality and outcomes, will lay out a series of strategic directions which, while similar, represent an evolution and enhancement of those put forward by its predecessor - IHSP 3. 

Rooted in the common vision and priorities of Ontario’s Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, and the common objectives of Ontario’s 14 LHINs, these strategic directions will act as the foundation of a bold but realistic roadmap for the local health care community during the three-year period April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2019. They are not mutually exclusive. Associated themes, initiatives and targeted actions will work together, allowing for a comprehensive, focused and disciplined approach toward the attainment of desired outcomes. Most of all, they will work together to reaffirm a commitment that places people and patients at the centre of their local health care system.
When complete, IHSP 4 will have been developed through use of a variety of resources including an environmental scan of the Central West LHIN; input from community members, client groups and local Health Service Providers (HSPs); and, guidance from the Central West LHIN Board of Directors and staff. Moving forward, the Central West LHIN will continue to focus on partnerships among patients, caregivers, providers, cross-sector partners, and the community at large to advance the priorities outlined in IHSP 4. 
Accordingly, IHSP 4 will take its name - “Together, Making Healthy Change Happen”  - from a shared sense of responsibility, reflecting a continued acceptance that by working collaboratively, as a team of Health Service Providers (HSPs), community partners, residents and government organizations we can do so much more to bring about healthy change across the local health care system.
Thank you! ... to all those who have helped to ensure local LHIN residents and their needs are at the centre of IHSP 4; at the centre of their local health care system. Together, we are making healthy change happen! 


Peel Memorial Tops Off | Redevelopment at Peel Memorial... take a peak inside!
Dignitaries, health care and business leaders, donors and members of the community joined William Osler Health System staff, physicians and volunteers in late July to celebrate a momentous milestone - the "topping off" - in the construction of the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.

“Topping off” is a milestone widely recognized in the construction industry and signifies the building reaching its highest point and completion of the building’s structure with the last pour of concrete on the roof.

“Celebrating the highest point of construction of the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness means we are one step closer to completing this project. Once finished, the new centre will help ensure hospital services keep pace with population growth,” said Hon. Dipika Damerla, Associate Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, who attended the celebration at the Peel Memorial site.

Osler is currently on track to complete the building in the fall of 2016. Following a period of equipment installation, training and orientation, the new facility will be fully operational in early 2017.

"I am really pleased today to see that a new state-of-the-art Peel Memorial is taking shape and will soon be serving the people of Brampton, said Vic Dhillon, MPP Brampton West. “Investing in healthcare, education and the economy are top priorities for people of Brampton and the Government of Ontario. Today is a great day for Brampton."

The new Peel Memorial will provide a range of specialities, clinics, day programs and services – including high-tech diagnostics, surgery and women’s and children’s health. Space will also be created for education classrooms where patients and family members can learn from health professionals about how to take a more active role in managing their own health.

“It’s great to see the outstanding progress that has been made to date on the new Peel Memorial, which is rising up and coming to life before our very eyes,” said John Davies, Chair, William Osler Health System Board of Directors. “This momentum is due in large part to the commitment and dedication of our construction and project teams, the tremendous contributions of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, City of Brampton and Osler Foundation, as well as the support of our health care partners and the community.”
Central West LHIN Board Chair Maria Britto (back row, 5th from right) and CEO Scott McLeod (back row, 5th from left) attend Topping Off ceremonies at the new Peel memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness.  For view more photos of the event, please click here 
* Click on the above images to watch the videos ... 

The main service areas at Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness include urgent care; high-tech diagnostics; day surgery; women, children & adolescent health; community mental health and addictions; rehab and Senior’s wellness; and, dialysis. 

"This is truly a momentous milestone for everyone involved in this project and a significant step forward in bringing the new Peel Memorial to life. It is also an exciting time for this community, which has been committed to revitalizing this hospital for years,” said Neil Davis, Vice Chair, William Osler Health System Board of Directors. “The new Peel Memorial is giving us a chance to lead the way in the province, with a state-of-the-art facility that will meet the increasing health care needs of our families, while changing our health system by focusing on health, wellness and prevention of illness and chronic disease.”

At Peel Memorial, partnerships with other leading health organizations and complementary health providers – such as naturopaths and chiropractors – will make it easier for patients to get the care they need, when and where they need it most. Open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., Peel Memorial’s Urgent Care Centre will alleviate pressures on the emergency department at Brampton Civic Hospital and help patients with non life-threatening illnesses or injuries get treated more quickly.

The new Peel Memorial will be another complement to the health care services already being provided for our community at Brampton Civic Hospital,” said Her Worship Linda Jeffrey, Mayor of Brampton. “The entire City is rallying around this important project as we all eagerly anticipate its opening.”

Peel Memorial will focus on treatment of patients who do not require an overnight stay in hospital. It will offer an extensive list of specialty and day clinics, and health services and programs focused on the unique needs of seniors, children, people requiring mental health services, and people living with chronic conditions such as diabetes or asthma.

"Meeting the complex health care needs of communities requires smart local planning, and an ability to address broader provincial priorities as outlined in Ontario’s Patients First Action Plan for Health Care,” said Maria Britto, Chair, Central West Local Health Integration Network Board of Directors. “A new and innovative approach to the delivery of health care services, the Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health and Wellness will support Patients First by improving access, connecting services, informing people and patients and providing sustainable, cost-effective services for generations to come.”

“This community remembers the exemplary care that was provided at Peel Memorial. We look forward to the opening of this beautiful new facility and the innovative approach to preventative medicine Osler will offer here,” said Kyle Seeback, MP, Brampton West.

“Osler’s Vision, ‘Patient-inspired health care without boundaries’, is fitting when it comes to the new Peel Memorial,” said Matthew Anderson, President and CEO of William Osler Health System. “This new hospital will improve access to important health services that people in our growing community rely on most, and provide more options for the hundreds of thousands of patients who receive care and treatment at Osler sites each year.


A successful collaboration for members of the Francophone Seniors Coalition - Richard Caumartin, Le métropolitain
The International Seniors Day was celebrated on Saturday, October 3 by members and guests of the Coalition des aînés francophone de Peel et Halton (CAF) at the Agora of Notre Place in Mississauga. Under the theme of aging passionately, participants from Cercle des aînés noirs, from the Club Bel Âge du Cercle de l’amitié and from Retraite active gathered after the Eucharist celebrated by Father Antoine Badr in the parish of the Holy Family , for a hearty meal prepared by Sada Diawara.
The tables were arranged in a circle to facilitate communication between seniors and to better see the presentations that took place in the center of the Agora. The evening hosted by Blaise Liaki began with the singing of the national anthem O Canada, and the title song of Franco-Ontarians, Our Place by Paul Demers. It is the president of the Cercle de l’amitié, Mireille Coulombe-Anifowose who lead the singing with the audience.
The program included a motivational speech from Dr. Ngoyi on the theme of the evening. "The child, when he comes into the world, he clenched fists as he clings to life, it holds on dearly. As he grows increasingly older and, he ventures into nature to pass from adolescence to adulthood, to develop his personality. He becomes someone. One day he gets married and the transfer of what we started and bequeathed begins. It all starts, knowledge transfer, gene transfer when one day he too becomes a parent. It is at this point that we must make a smooth transfer of what we have accomplished. Sure, as we get older, minor injuries and ailments begin to emerge and our capabilities diminish.
"We are coming gradually to the golden age, the age when we can be proud of the journey we made. We must keep this passion that inhabited our youngest to our last journey so that it may be extraordinary one and enjoy the fact that we finally have the time to accomplish what we could not do before.
Aging is not a disease or a calamity, it is a normal process! What I wish for all of you is that your retirement is the icing on your cake. "
This warmly applauded speech was followed by singing by Denise Graham who interpreted La vie en rose by Edith Piaf and J’attendrai by  Tino Rossi. Then Justine Gogoua of CanAfric Theatre invited the youths (as she liked to call them) to join her at the center of the large room for African dance steps.
Participants had a lot of fun showing they were still able to move to these rhythms. The evening ended on the dance floor with music from DJ Raymond Bélanger. This was the first collaboration between the three major groups of francophone seniors in Peel and Halton and judging by the reactions of members for this first initiative, there will surely be others.
Photo: Mireille Coulombe-Anifowose (Cercle de l’amitié), Marcel Mukutakalala (Cercle des aînés noirs de l’Ontario) et Claire McCullough (Retraite active).

Mark your calendars | 5th Annual Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Conference
Planning for the 5th Annual Chronic Disease Prevention and Management conference is now underway.  Mark you calendars for this increasingly popular event, which will take place on February 19, 2016. Placing patients first, topics on the agenda include: 
  • the care and management of clients living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • collaborative care planning to improve patient care
  • tips and tools for the care of gestational diabetes.
Mark your calendars today and look for a formal invitation coming soon.  Looking forward to seeing you there! 
   Healthy Change in Action

Healthy Communities Initiative | Helping to get more KIDS, more ACTIVE, more OFTEN!

Like many communities around the globe and across Canada, Brampton is addressing a common need, ensuring children and youth are engaged in active healthy living so as to reducing their risk of health concerns and chronic illness. 

Through the Healthy Communities Initiative, an exciting new approach to providing supportive care in the community is emerging, bringing together community leaders and partners to develop a plan for getting more KIDS, more ACTIVE, more OFTEN. And, the City of Brampton, Central West LHIN, Region of Peel and William Osler Health System are proud to be taking a leadership role, exploring ways to create an active, healthy community.


"The Healthy Communities Initiative brings together champions and leaders from across the entire community…a broad, like-minded group of innovators and creators prepared to take a leadership role in bringing about meaningful change, placing residents - children and youth - first."  

Maria Britto, Chair, Central West LHIN Board of Directors

Why not become a champion yourself. The Healthy Communities Initiative is looking to develop strategies based on a wide range of perspectives and partnerships including those from educators, employers, local businesses, faith communities and other local leaders.  Find out more information (click here) about how you can become actively involved in making healthy change happen!


Central West CCAC Physiotherapy Programs for Seniors | Patient perspectives (video)
As part of reforms to physiotherapy services, Ontario is investing more than $156M annually to support enhanced access to physiotherapy, exercise and fall prevention services for more than 200,000 additional seniors and eligible patients. As a result, more seniors across the Central West LHIN now have access to classes which help them to live active lives. 

In 2014-2015, the Central West CCAC expanded its exercise and falls prevention program to almost 120 classes, with over 2,000 seniors registered from across our community. Find out how these programs are making an impact for seniors accross the Central West LHIN. 

Regular activity positively affects seniors’ overall well-being, functional capacity, strength, ability to manage chronic conditions, and contributes to a reduction in hospitalizations. Click on the image above to watch the video.

Share Your Story! | Are you and/or your organization making healthy change happen doing something exceptional to place the needs of people and patients first? 

Share your story today (
click here), and look for it to appear in an upcoming edition of Working Together for Healthy Change.

   Improving Access to Care
Chronic Disease Prevention and Management

Exercise and Falls (PILOT) Program Moves Ahead for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Patients | 
The first community-based exercise and falls prevention (PILOT) programs, designed specifically for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) patients, have begun. 

Falls can significantly impact the quality of life for seniors including injuries, loss of confidence and curtailing activities leading to an overall decline in health and mobility. Regular activity can positively affect their overall well-being, functional capacity, strength, ability to manage chronic conditions, and contributes to a reduction in hospitalizations.

With the aim of expanding to locations across all  five Central West LHIN Health Link geographies, an implementation and evaluation stage is currently underway at locations in both the Brampton and North Etobicoke-Malton-West Woodbrige Health Link's.


Mental Health and Addictions

Reducing Wait Times for Supporting Housing and Supports | The Central West LHIN has approved a business case, through Supportive Housing in Peel (SHIP) that will result in housing and support for 104 residents.

By March 2016, all clients will receive support services in their current housing situation, including those that are homeless or at risk of homelessness. In addition, 40 and 64 clients will be transitioned to more safe, affordable and stable housing by March 2016 and January 2017 respectively.

With a combined investment of LHIN community funding for support services,and funding anticipated from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) specifically targeted to housing, this investment will reduce the housing and supports wait list by upwards of 25%. 


Services for Seniors

New Nurse Practitioners funding for Central West LHIN Long-Term Care HomesBased on recommendations from the Central West LHIN, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) announced new funding for two new nurse practitioners to support resident care in Faith Manor and Grace Manor (operated by Holland Christian Homes), and Shelburne Residence and Dufferin Oaks.  This announcement was part of the first wave of 30 nurse practitioners to be embedded in Long-Term Care (LTC) homes across the province.  A total of 75 LTC homes will receive nurse practitioners in three waves.

Pay for results funding helps to improve patient transitions | The Central West Behaviour Supports Ontario (BSO) program has recently been enhanced through the use of Pay for Results funding. This funding was used to create three BSO Transition Nurse positions who will work with hospitalized patients, most of whom are seniors, assisting those those with responsive behaviours to transition to Long-Term Care or a community-based environment. 

  Streamlining Transitions & Navigation

Health Links

Dufferin Area Health Link introduces use of Care Coordination Tool (CCT) | The Dufferin Area Health Link went ‘live’ with the Care Coordination Tool (CCT) on September 23rd. The training and education components will continue in support of expanded deployment of CCT across several clinical sites including physician offices, community providers, CCAC and at Headwaters Health Care Centre (HHCC). To date approximately ten care plans have been completed since the go-live data, this number is above the target of at least two in the first two weeks of deployment. 


Telehomecare / Telemedicine

Telehomecare update | The Central West LHIN’s Regional Telehomecare program has currently enrolled a total of 1,480 patients. The rate of enrollment has been increasing, reflective of the engagement strategies being conducted in the LHIN.  

Moving forward, William Osler Health System - host for the Central West LHIN program, OTN and the LHIN are looking to provide Telehomecare in Assisted Living settings, broadening the ways Telehomecare can be integrated with other regional programs in the Central West LHIN. 

The Telehomecare  program enables patients with Chronic Heart Failure (CHF) and/or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and  who have visited the hospital multiple times to self-manage their chronic conditions from the comfort of their own homes or local communities. 


Enabling Technologies

Expanding the reach... of REACH | Rapid Electronic Access to Clinical Health information (REACH) is a Clinician portal that enables the sharing of patient acute care and CCAC encounter information across organizations in the Central West and Mississauga Halton LHINs. Access to REACH had been limited to clinicians within acute care organizations. Earlier this year, REACH was expanded to include Central West and Mississauga Halton CCAC clinicians. 

The Information Technology Integration Steering Committee of the Central West and Mississauga Halton LHINs has recently identified a new and valuable opportunity to expand access to REACH to community based Health Service Provider (HSP) clinicians, enabling them to: 
  • provide information to support collaboration and coordination of patient car
  • facilitate better decision making by the providers
  • increase efficiency in provider operations by providing patient information available 24/7
  • lerages existing investments.
To date, REACH access has been granted to five Long-Term Care (LTC) Homes in the Central West LHIN. Access to additional LTC homes and community based providers will accelerate with the receipt of additional investment from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).

Together, making healthy change happen!
The Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) plans, funds, integrates and monitors local health care services for the communities of Brampton, Caledon, Dufferin County, Malton, north Etobicoke and west Woodbridge. For more information on your Central West LHIN please contact Tom Miller, Director Communications and Community Engagement – - or visit Our email address is:

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