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LHINsight is the Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant Local Health Integration Network (HNHB LHIN) electronic newsletter.  Please share it with colleagues, clients, friends and family.

Strategic Vision: Creating a health care system that helps keep people healthy, gets them good care when they are sick, and will be there for our children and grandchildren.

Strategic Aim: Dramatically improve the patient experience through quality, integration and value.

Update from the Board Meeting - September 28

The minutes from the September 28 board meeting will be posted following approval at the October 26 meeting. In the meantime, please read through some of the board meeting highlights. 


  • HNHB LHIN Board of Directors by-laws 1 and 2 were amended to remove the word 'educational' from the definition of Board Meeting
  • As part of the LHIN Health System Update, the board heard that the Niagara Health System (NHS) is now live on ClinicalConnect. Patient data is now available to more than 2,000 physicians in real-time. The NHS joins Hamilton Health Sciences, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and the HNHB CCAC. In the near future the remaining hospitals in the LHIN will start contributing information to ClinicalConnect, as will our Community Health Centres.
  • The Board of Directors approved a holdback on 2010/11 Stabilization Funding, on that portion of the stabilization increase greater than 1.575 percent, for the community support services, acquired brain injury, supportive housing, mental health and addictions sectors. The holdback will be used to advance the Integrated Health Service Plan, including and not limited to the following initiatives for improved health, client experience and sustainability: 
    • implementation of common assessment tools in both the community services and mental health sectors
    • funds will be required to complement provincial resources
    • building capacity among community providers by introducing business processes for service quality, client safety and client transitions
    • support potential infrastructure costs to advance, for instance, centralized access to transportation

Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo 2010

Congratulations to the 12 successful applicants in our LHIN!

The organizations below will feature their innovative projects at the Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo on November 10th. 

  • Cama Woodlands Nursing Home - C.H.I.C (Continuous Holistic Improvement Coordinator)
  • Hamilton Family Health Team - Practice Profile: Using Data to Drive Quality Improvement in Primary Care
  • Hamilton Health Sciences - 1 Heart 2 Places...An Innovative Approach to Improving Remote Cardiac Telemedicine
  • Hamilton Health Sciences - General Internal Medicine Rapid Access Outpatient Clinic
  • Hamilton Health Sciences - Improving Quality and Decreasing Costs through a Clinical Resource Centre
  • Hamilton Health Sciences - Redesign of Multi-Site Hospital Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) Processes
  • Hamilton Health Sciences - Translating Hay Report Benchmarking into Action
  • Hamilton Health Sciences McMaster University Medical Centre Diabetes Care and Research Program - Virtual Lifestyle Management for Diabetes Management
  • Nursing Health Services Research Unit, McMaster University - A Framework for Integrating Internationally Educated Nurses into the Health...
  • St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Changing Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviours toward Seclusion and Restrain
  • St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Improving Surgical Bed Assignment Process 
  • St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton - Transitioning from Old Technology: New Patient Identification Labels

The year's six new Expo themes focus on the Excellent Care for All Strategy, which centres on creating a high quality, integrated health care system with better patient outcomes and improved access to care. Themes: 

  • Improving Integration
  • Improving Patient/Resident Centredness
  • Improving Evidence-Based Practice
  • Improving Access
  • Improving Safety
  • Improving Efficiency

More information on the above themes

Linking Rehab Across Communities

As part of Cinical Program Integration - a priority outlined in the Inetgrated Health Service Plan and Clinical Services Plan - a working group has formed to develop a LHIN-wide model of care for rehab services.

The working group is seeking input from health service providers on ways to improve access to rehabilitation services, while ensuring a high quality of care and minimizing costs.

This survey builds on the information gathered by the HNHB LHIN from citizens, health care providers and other stakeholders over the past four years, regarding people’s values, preferences and priorities for a better health care system.

Who should take the survey?

Health care providers working in hospitals and in the community (i.e. physiatrists and other physician specialties, family physicians, rehabilitation therapists, nurses, administrators, personal support workers, case managers, etc.), are invited to take the survey to help find ways to improve the health of the population, to improve the rehabilitation patient/client experience, and to ensure resources are used efficiently.

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Rehab Redesign

Ontario Gerontology Association Annual Conference

The Ontario Gerontology Association (OGA) in partnership with the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario (RGPs) invites practitioners, educators, clinicians, researchers, administrators, seniors and students to submit a proposal for presentation at the 30th Annual OGA Conference: Partnership and Integration: Working to Promote Positive Aging. The conference takes place the evening of May 4, 2011 and all day May 5, 2011.

The 30th annual conference will focus on Partnership and Integration, which covers new research with implications for practice, new practices and policies that affect older people living at home, in the community or in institutional settings. The main focus of this theme is finding ways to work effectively with other agencies and organizations to provide the best and most effective support for seniors.

The OGA Conference Planning Committee is seeking presentations for workshops and papers. Submissions are encouraged from a wide variety of topic areas. The deadline for submissions is November 13 2010.

Click here for more details including topic suggestions and how to make a submission.


Upcoming Events

Community Events

Monday, October 11, 2010
Thanksgiving Day

Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Niagara-on-the-Lake InfoHealth Series: Learn About the New Hospital and Cancer Centre
2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010 
Free Quit Smoking Program
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Port Colborne

Thursday, October 14, 2010
What is the Cause of Cancer: Theories, Reseach and Reality
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, October 14, 2010
Cancer Peer Support Group (open to anyone who wants to learn more about ovarian cancer)
7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Family Literacy Event
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Port Colborne

Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Bridges Community Health Centre Community Open House
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010
HNHB LHIN Board Meeting
4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

For more community events, click here. 
Health Service Provider Events

October-November 2010: Dying for Better Care - Increasing Health Care Providers' Competency in HIV/AIDS (Six-part lecture series).   

Wednesday, October 20, 2010: Osteoporosis Conference - McMaster University Continuing Health Sciences Education (More McMaster University CHSE events) 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010: 
 Raising the Bar in Chronic Disease Prevention and Management - CHSEE Event

Thursday, October 28, 2010: Information Security Seminar

Friday, October 29, 2010: 
 Identification and Facilitation of Dementia Research and Leading Practices in LHIN 4 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010: 
 Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo 2010 

Saturday, November 13, 2010: CALL FOR PAPERS Ontario Gerontology Association 30th Annual Conference - May 4-5 2011  

Wednesday, November 24, 2010:
 Innovations in Hospice Palliative Care 

For more HSP events, click here. 



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LHINs are the only organizations in Ontario that bring together health care partners from the following  sectors – hospitals, community care, community support services, community mental health and addictions, community health centres and long-term care – to develop innovative, collaborative solutions leading to more timely access to high quality services for the residents of Ontario and HNHB LHIN communities.  By supporting these important partnerships, LHINs are ensuring that Ontarians have access to an effective and efficient health care system that delivers improved health care results and a better patient experience.

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