New Health Network Takes Over From Provincial Ministry



    About $800 Million In Funding For Local Health Care Comes To South East
    LHIN

    BELLEVILLE, ON, March 29 /CNW/ - A critical milestone in Ontario health
care delivery is scheduled for April 1, 2007. On that day Queen's Park turns
the responsibility for approximately $800 million worth of funding over to the
South East Local Health Integration Network (South East LHIN), affecting
hospitals, long-term care homes, Community Care Access Centres, and other
health organizations throughout the region.
    First announced by the government in 2004, the 14 LHINs in Ontario are
charged with the job not just of funding health services, but of finding new
solutions to integrate health care delivery across their regions. The South
East region extends from Brighton to Cardinal, up to Smith Falls and Perth,
and over to north of Bancroft.
    "This puts decisions for our local health care organizations in the
community's hands," says Georgina Thompson, chair of the South East LHIN Board
of Directors. "In the past year, we have been building relationships with
health organizations and throughout the community, and we are eager to take
the next step. We're ready."

    Patient-Centred Focus
    The South East LHIN will assume responsibility for planning and funding
114 local health services. This includes seven hospitals as well as all
long-term care homes, Community Care Access Centres, community support service
agencies, mental health agencies, addiction agencies, divested psychiatric
hospitals, and community support services. The health ministry retains
responsibility for provincial policies and strategic planning, and some
provincial programs, including health human resources and public health.
    LHINs will oversee two thirds of Ontario's health care budget, or nearly
$20 billion a year.
    "Our government is standing by its commitment to build a health care
system around the needs of our communities and local patients," said Minister
of Health and Long-Term Care George Smitherman. "LHINs will make it easier for
patients to access the different health services they need. They will break
down barriers and ensure that local health care decisions are made with
patients' needs in mind."
    Building on the strengths of local health organizations, LHINs allow for
better matching of health care resources to community needs. "Our mandate goes
far beyond writing cheques," says Paul Huras, the South East LHIN CEO. "The
South East LHIN will be responsive to changing community needs, and engaged
with the community and local care providers in planning for these changes.
Finding solutions through creative, innovative integration across the whole
range of care should provide better access for the people who live and work
here."

    
    Facts & Stats - April 2007

    Priorities for the South East LHIN
    ----------------------------------
    The South East LHIN set priorities based on 109 meetings in 22 communities
across the region in 2006. They were set out in October 2006, in the
Integrated Health Services Plan, and include:

    -   Access to health care, including primary, speciality, acute, long-
        term, and other levels of care
    -   Seamless transitions across health care (e.g., emergency department,
        acute care, long-term care, rehabilitation, home care, community
        support services)
    -   Enhancement of provincial wait times strategy
    -   Service provision to aboriginal and First Nations communities
    -   Service provision in French.

    Key facts about the South East LHIN
    -----------------------------------
    -   All South East LHIN Board meetings are open to the public. Some
        meetings will be held across the region, as well as at the office in
        Belleville
    -   The Board of Directors comprises nine individuals from the region
    -   All Ontarians remain free to go to the health organizations and
        providers of their choice, regardless of LHIN boundaries
    -   Total South East LHIN budget for 2007-2008 is approximately
        $800 million.

    South East LHIN population
    --------------------------
    -   Population in the region is about 470,000, or 3.84% of the Ontario
        population
    -   Population density is lowest of the LHINs in southern Ontario, so
        this is the most rural LHIN in southern Ontario
    -   Health service use is the most self-contained of all the LHIN regions
    -   Most people living in the region get their health care in the region
    -   South East LHIN has highest proportion of older individuals of all
        the LHINs, throwing a spotlight on health needs associated with
        aging.

    114 health service organizations under the South East LHIN
    ----------------------------------------------------------
    -   7 hospitals (some are multi-site): Perth and Smith Falls District
        Hospital, Providence Continuing Care, Brockville General Hospital,
        Hotel Dieu, Lennox and Addington Hospital, Quinte Health Corporation,
        Kingston General Hospital
    -   6 addiction services
    -   1 Community Care Access Centre (multi-site)
    -   22 mental health organizations
    -   35 long-term care homes
    -   39 community support services
    -   4 community health centres.
    




For further information:

For further information: Polly Thompson, South East LHIN, (613) 967-0196
No.221, or toll-free 1-866-831-5446 No.221

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