/ R E P E A T / - Media Advisory - Leading health care organizations hold national conference in Toronto

    OTTAWA, June 7 /CNW Telbec/ - Featuring solutions to the most pressing
health system challenges, the 2007 National Healthcare Leadership Conference
opens Monday, June 11, 2007 in Toronto, Ontario. Hosted in partnership by the
Canadian College of Health Service Executives and Canadian Healthcare
Association, the conference is the largest national gathering of health system
decision-makers in Canada, bringing together delegates from across the
    With a theme of "Innovation in Health Services: From Local Leadership to
National Performance," the conference explores the challenges facing the
Canadian health system, appropriate solutions and successful approaches
undertaken by health system leaders.
    The conference features numerous presentations by leading health
authorities on pressing health system issues, including patient safety and
quality care, health human resource planning, the use of information
technology in delivering quality care, and many other issues.

    Conference highlights include:

    - Canada's Health Temperature: Roy Romanow, head of the Commission on the
      Future of Health Care in Canada, will assess progress made in
      implementing the changes proposed in the Commission's 2002 final
      report. (June 12, 9:15 to 10:15 am)

    - Creating a "WOW" Culture in Health Care Organizations: Recruiting and
      retaining human resources is one of the key challenges facing health
      organizations. Max Valiquette, President of Youthography - Canada's
      leading youth marketing consultancy - and other experts will discuss
      connecting with youth, improving work cultures and an evidence-based
      strategy for making health-sector workplaces healthier places to work.
      (June 11, 3:30 to 5:00 pm)

    - High Reliability Organizations - The Key to Improving Quality and
      Safety: Leading Canadian and American experts on patient safety and
      quality care, including Wendy Nicklin - President and CEO of the
      Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation - will focus on how
      health organizations can implement changes to improve safety and
      quality. (June 11, 9:00 to 10:30 am)

    Other presentations of note explore:

      - an innovative work approach based on concepts used by automobile
        manufacturer Toyota that can be applied in health organizations;
      - health human resource planning that takes into account Canada's
        changing demographics;
      - primary health care reforms such as the use of interdisciplinary
        teams; and
      - the benefits of information technologies such as an electronic health
        record in managing costs and improving access to health services.

    More information, including a complete list of presentations, is
available at www.healthcareleadershipconference.ca.

    When: Monday, June 11, 2007 from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm; and Tuesday,
    June 12, 2007 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (EDT)

    Where: Westin Harbour Castle, 1 Harbour Square, Toronto, ON

For further information:

For further information: or to schedule an interview: Graeme Wilkes,
Communications Advisor, Canadian Healthcare Association, (613) 241-8005 x 205,
Mobile: (613) 282-6003

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