Children's Treatment Network of Simcoe York awarded $100,000 prize for creating integrated homecare model



    SickKids Foundation announces winner of the 2008 Rotman Award in
    Paediatric Home Care Innovation

    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - SickKids Foundation has announced that
Children's Treatment Network of Simcoe York (CTN) will receive the prestigious
Rotman Award in Paediatric Home Care. This award will help CTN expand its
highly successful services delivery model for children with multiple needs in
York Region and Simcoe County.
    Created by SickKids Foundation and generously donated by Janis Rotman,
The Rotman Award in Paediatric Home Care Innovation recognizes the need to
focus on and encourage excellence in paediatric home and community care
programs as almost 15 per cent of all home care recipients are children and
youth. The largest award of its kind, this is the third year of the award.
Previous winners include, Capital Health Edmonton Area Home Care Children's
Services in 2007 and the Intensive Care Service (IACS) at The Montreal
Children's Hospital in 2006.
    "What really stood out to the National Selection Committee was how
successful the CTN program was in Simcoe County and York Region and how their
treatment model is broadly applicable to other settings where collaborative
care is needed," said Joanne Kviring, Director, National Grants, SickKids
Foundation. "The selection committee felt it was important to support further
development of this program and to enable others learn from this
evidence-based family centered model of care."
    Spanning a service area that reaches from Steeles Avenue in the north of
the Greater Toronto Area to Georgian Bay, and providing support to families
from urban, rural and multicultural backgrounds, Children's Treatment Network
serves more than 4,500 children - from birth to age 19 - with multiple
disabilities.
    Each multi-needs child requires a complex schedule of therapeutic support
services such as physiotherapy, occupational and speech therapy, as well as
nutrition services. Parents often struggle to navigate the healthcare,
education and community systems in order to find the rehabilitation services
and support their child needs. They are often faced with long waitlists,
traveling long distances for services not available locally, having to brief
numerous therapists on their child's history, and coordinating services from
multiple service providers.
    The CTN is the first home care delivery model to link over 45 healthcare,
education, recreation and social services agencies including hospitals, school
boards and rehabilitation providers so they can take a team approach to each
child's care. The impact of a single point of contact for a coordinated
continuum of care has had dramatic and positive effects on the multi-needs
children from the region.
    "Support in paediatric home care is critically needed," said Bob Morton,
CEO, Children's Treatment Network of Simcoe York. "With continued cooperation
with our partners and support like the Rotman award we will be able to expand
the range of treatment and services available in the community, while removing
access barriers to help kids with physical, developmental, and communication
needs progress and participate fully in daily living, school and play."
    "The CTN treatment model is scaleable and can be translated from
region-to-region across the country," added Kviring. "This is exactly the kind
of sustainable and collaborative thinking that the Rotman Award in Paediatric
Home Care Innovation was created for."

    About Children's Treatment Network of Simcoe York
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    Children's Treatment Network of Simcoe York is a new not-for-profit
service delivery model for children with multiple disabilities and their
families in Simcoe County and York Region. This unique integrated network
model builds on the strengths of existing service providers, including
healthcare, recreation, education, social and community resources, to create a
revolutionary new system that provides a single point of contact and single
plan of care for children and youth from birth to age 19 who have special
physical, developmental, and communication needs. Children's Treatment Network
is funded by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services. For further
information, please visit www.ctn-simcoeyork.ca.

    SickKids Foundation
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    SickKids Foundation was established in 1972. Its mission is to inspire
its communities to invest in health and scientific advances to improve the
lives of children and their families in Canada and around the world. Its
vision is: "Healthier Children. A Better World."
    In addition to its support of The Hospital for Sick Children, the
Foundation has a mandate to support children's health on a national basis.
SickKids Foundation invests $4 million annually across Canada in paediatric
research, focusing on issues important to children's health which have not
been addressed elsewhere.
    Home and community care for children, youth and families is an area where
research was virtually non-existent, and, as the shift of care to the home
increased, answers were needed with increasing urgency. For more information,
please visit www.sickkidsfoundation.com.





For further information:

For further information: Chelsea Novak, Tel: (416) 813-6166 Ext. 2021,
c: (416) 459-5229, Email: chelsea.novak@sickkidsfoundation.com; Kathryn
Boothby, Children's Treatment Network of Simcoe York, Tel: (905) 330-0943,
Email: kmboothby@sympatico.ca

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