Champlain CCAC Welcomes Collaborative Review

    OTTAWA, Jan. 29 /CNW Telbec/ - The Champlain Local Health Integration
Network (LHIN), which is responsible for funding home care in this region, has
requested a review of the Champlain Community Care Access Centre (CCAC). The
CCAC welcomes this opportunity to work with the LHIN to address some of the
challenges it faces in providing equitable access to high quality care.
    "We're committed to being transparent and fully accountable for the
resources entrusted to us," says newly appointed Executive Director Sheila
Bauer. "This is an opportunity to take a close look at some difficult issues
and work together to craft creative solutions."
    The Champlain CCAC provides home and community care and access to
long-term care homes to a population of nearly one million in a vast region
encompassing the counties of Renfrew, Prescott and Russell, Stormont, Dundas
and Glengarry, North Lanark and North Grenville, and the city of Ottawa.
    Among the issues that sparked the review is a recent announcement by the
new Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, David Caplan, that signals an
expanded role for CCACs in coordinating health care and connecting various
sectors of the health care system. As well, the review will address reasons
for the budget surplus at the Champlain CCAC in 2007-2008, wait lists for some
services, and a shortage of health professionals to provide services to rural
clients. "We are passionate about delivering quality care to all our clients,"
says Lynn Graham, Chair of the Champlain CCAC Board. "We are eager to
collaborate with the LHIN in this process and prepare ourselves to play an
even more important role as care connectors in the health system."
    The review will be led by a Steering Committee composed of
representatives of the CCAC, the LHIN and others from the Champlain region. A
consulting firm will be chosen through a Request for Proposal process to
implement the review. The CCAC has already begun an internal review of
corporate services, and will make its findings available to the Committee. The
consultants will also be asked to research best practices in case management.
A final report and recommendations will be shared with the Steering Committee
and then released to the public.
    "The CCAC has a wonderful opportunity to support quality and
sustainability in our health system," says Bauer. "We look forward to
implementing the recommendations of the review and moving forward to serve the
people of Champlain better than ever."

For further information:

For further information: Rachal Fleury, Communications Coordinator,
Champlain Community Care Access Centre, (613) 745-8124 ext: 5990,

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