South West LHIN Board of Directors allocates $2.4 million to area programs



    TORONTO, Sept. 4 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    At its meeting on August 26 2009, the South West LHIN Board approved a
total of $2.4M for 2009/10 in one-time and base funding as part of its Urgent
Priorities and Aging at Home initiatives. These initiatives and projects
support the priorities identified in the LHIN's Integrated Health Service Plan
(IHSP) and will help to address health care pressures within the South West
LHIN.
    Each initiative/project was assessed according to a number of factors
including:
    
    -   merit as an investment;
    -   advancement of integration;
    -   actionable, sustainable and progresses health system directions;
    -   demonstrates partnerships as applicable; and
    -   aligned with provincial and LHIN priorities.
    

    The allocations include 18 initiatives that represent either new programs
or continuation of initiatives that have already proven successful, or the
next phase of major initiatives. Many of the funded projects involve
partnerships among health service providers, which the LHIN strongly
encourages and supports. The attached backgrounder provides a complete list of
projects, the lead health service provider and the amount allocated.

    QUOTES

    "The Board is very happy to see so many of our health service providers
working together to achieve a common goal - better health outcomes for the
residents of the South West LHIN," said Norm Gamble, Chair, South West LHIN
Board of Directors. "It is also very encouraging to see innovative projects
achieving the results intended."


    
          South West LHIN Board of Directors allocates $2.4 million
                               to area programs

    BACKGROUNDER                                           September 4, 2009
    

    At its meeting on August 26 2009, the South West LHIN Board approved a
total of $2.4M for 2009/10 in one-time and base funding as part of its Urgent
Priorities and Aging at Home initiatives. These initiatives and projects
support the priorities identified in the LHIN's Integrated Health Service Plan
(IHSP) and will help to address health care pressures within the South West
LHIN. Below is the list of projects that received funding for fiscal year
2009/10.

    
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    Project     Allocation   Health Service
               for 2009/10      Provider                Description
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    GAIN CD         23,000   Addiction        LHIN-wide training on the
     Screener                Services of      Global Appraisal of Individual
     Training                Thames Valley    Needs - Short Screener
                                              (GAIN-SS), a tool to facilitate
                                              universal screening for
                                              concurrent disorders
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    Supportive      47,850   Cheshire Homes   Supportive housing to provide
     Housing                                  support to alternate level of
                                              care (ALC) designated patients
                                              who have significant physical
                                              disabilities.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Community       24,800   Dale Brain       Provide assistance to
     Support                 Injury           community support service
     Services                                 agencies to become compliant
     MIS                                      with Ontario Healthcare
     Initiative                               Reporting Standards.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Huron Perth     49,000   Huron Perth      The HPHA TeleHomeCare Program
     Mental Health           Health Alliance  will use communication and
     TeleHomeCare            (HPHA)           information technology to
                                              provide remote care and
                                              monitoring for mental health
                                              patients within the Huron Perth
                                              region.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Hips and Knees  41,000   London Health    This initiative has three main
     Care Path/              Sciences Centre  goals:
     Guidelines/
     Education                                -  To develop and implement an
                                                 evidence based (or informed)
                                                 guideline that can be used
                                                 by Family Physicians to aid
                                                 them in their decision
                                                 making regarding when to
                                                 refer a patient to an
                                                 orthopaedic surgeon,

                                              -  To confirm and disseminate
                                                 an in-hospital care path to
                                                 hospitals and providers
                                                 across the LHIN, and

                                              -  To develop and disseminate
                                                 education tools to be
                                                 provided to patients who
                                                 need a joint replacement
                                                 within our LHIN.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Build a        125,017   London Health    To build a responsive system of
     system of               Sciences Centre  interprofessional care and
     interpro-                                education (IPC/E), with clearly
     fessional                                defined roles/processes, that
     care for                                 extends outside of the walls of
     patients                                 the intensive care units to
     requiring                                effectively and safely
     long-term                                transition long-term
     mechanical                               ventilation patients back to
     ventilation                              their communities, and ensure
                                              continuing care.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Improving      154,500   London Health    Improving cancer surgery wait
     cancer                  Sciences Centre  times by improving data quality
     surgery                                  and patient queuing practices
     wait times
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Community       99,000   Meals on         In follow-up to phase one, this
     Support                 Wheels London    phase will continue the
     Services                                 development of a robust
     Performance                              performance measurement
     Management                               framework with standardized
     Phase 2                                  indicators.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Community       32,000   Participation    Supportive housing to provide
     Support for             House            support to alternate level of
     ventilator                               care (ALC) designated patients
     dependent                                who are ventilator-dependent.
     care
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Strengthening   27,500   Southwest        Continue the partnership
     our                     Ontario          between the South West LHIN
     Aboriginal              Aboriginal       and Erie St Clair LHIN to fund
     communities             Health Access    the Aboriginal Health Lead
                             Centre (SOAHAC)  position for the remainder of
                                              2009/10 and 2010/11.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Centralized     18,560   South West       Current state analysis of the
     Access for              Community        complex continuing care beds,
     complex                 Care Access      creating admission and
     continuing              Centre (CCAC)    discharge criteria, gain an
     care beds -                              understanding of current
     phase 1                                  access rules, and establish an
                                              optimal future model.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Paediatric     397,205   South West       Enhancing overnight support for
     complex care            CCAC             medically fragile children
     pilot                                    through a technology based
     project                                  inter-disciplinary team
                                              approach.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Chronic        241,332   South West       Phase one involved development
     disease                 CCAC             and implementation of a
     self-                                    self-management curriculum and
     management                               toolkit. Phase two includes
     phase 2                                  offering self-management
                                              toolkit training sessions and
                                              development of a web-based
                                              community of practice for
                                              providers.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Program and     70,000   South West       The Program and Service
     services                CCAC             Inventory project is the first
     inventory                                step in moving toward the
                                              vision of an online data
                                              repository with secure query
                                              and report capabilities.
                                              This project will produce a
                                              Microsoft Access database
                                              containing information on South
                                              West LHIN Health Service
                                              Providers. The information will
                                              then be accessed using standard
                                              Microsoft Access functionality.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    LHIN-wide      142,350   South West       Development of:
     wound                   CCAC             -  An integrated wound care
     management                                  framework,
     initiative                               -  An integrated education
                                                 framework, and
                                              -  A sustainable structure
                                                 for the selection of wound
                                                 supplies and products
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Transitional    80,714   South West       Partnership to facilitate the
     Care Unit -             CCAC             discharge process to the
     integrated                               Transitional Care Unit and
     discharge                                trial an integrated discharge
     planner                                  model in this unit.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Transitional   829,431   St. Joseph's     Due to the success of this
     Care Unit -             Health Care      project, funding for this unit
     Parkwood                                 is extended to October 2010
     Hospital                                 when convalescent care beds
                                              are expected to open and a
                                              significant number of new
                                              long-term care beds will be
                                              operational.
    -------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Benefits        28,500   St. Joseph's     Leveraging the power of group
     Realignment             Health Care      purchasing to achieve savings
     Project                                  in the provision of employee
                                              benefits for participating
                                              hospitals in the South West
                                              LHIN.
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For further information:

For further information: Annabelle Mackey, (519) 672-0445, ext. 2573,
annabelle.mackey@lhins.on.ca, Toll-free: 1-866-294-5446,
www.southwestlhin.on.ca; Matthew Clarke, (519) 672-0445, ext. 2566,
matthew.clarke@lhins.on.ca

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