Canada's Frailty Network announces name change and welcomes prominent healthcare leaders to Board of Directors

KINGSTON, ON, March 3, 2016 /CNW/ - Effective today, Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network (TVN) is now Canadian Frailty Network.

Russell Williams, Chair of the Board of Canadian Frailty Network, says the new name better reflects the mandate of Canada's only health network dedicated to improving the care of older Canadians experiencing frailty – those with chronic illness, multiple health problems and poorer health outcomes.

"Frailty is a common, yet under-recognized health state affecting well over one million older Canadians," Mr. Williams says. "Canadian Frailty Network is working to integrate scientific discovery and frailty assessment within evidence-based medical treatment and comprehensive care to improve health outcomes for frail seniors."

Canadian Frailty Network also announces the appointment of Jean Gray, Yolande James and Sharon Straus to the Board of Directors. These individuals are innovators and experts in health and social services reform.

Mr. Williams says these additions bolster the network's efforts to build knowledge bridges to all areas of Canadian healthcare in order to generate a fundamental shift in thinking and practice on the complex needs of frail elderly Canadians.

"These individuals are renowned international knowledge experts, authors and patient champions," Mr. Williams says. "They are tireless advocates for adapting health and social services in ways that provide sustainable and evidence-based care for our vulnerable older population."

Jean Gray CM, MD, FRCPC, LLD, DSc, FCAHS is Professor Emeritus and former Associate Dean of Postgraduate Medical Education and Associate Dean of Continuing Medical Education in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University. She is former Editor-in-Chief of Therapeutic Choices, a, trusted source for evidence-based treatment options, and member of the Order of Canada and Fellowship of Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. She chairs the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, serves as Jury President for Prix Galien Canada, and is a member of the CIHR Drug Safety and Effectiveness Steering Committee.

Yolande James BCL, LLB is a political analyst with RDI television, and former Quebec MNA and Cabinet minister, serving as Minister of Immigration and Cultural Communities, and Minister of Family. She was the first black female MNA and the youngest, as well as Quebec's first ever black cabinet minister. She also serves as Foundation Board Director with West Island Palliative Care Residence in Montreal.

Sharon Straus
MD, MSc, HBSc, FRCPC is Director of the Knowledge Translation (KT) Program at Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and Deputy, Physician-in-Chief at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto.  She is also Vice Chair, Medicine and Division Director of Geriatric Medicine at University of Toronto. She holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in KT and Quality of Care, and is author of widely published books on evidence-based medicine, KT in healthcare and mentorship in academic medicine.

 

SOURCE Canadian Frailty Network

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For further information: Contact/Interviews: Denis Abbott, Canadian Frailty Network: tel 613-549-6666 ext. 6209; denis@cfn-nce.ca

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