LHIN Symposiums Aimed At Improving Health Care For Residents

    Health Leaders Gather in Owen Sound, London

    LONDON, ON, May 29 /CNW/ - The South West LHIN will be holding two
working symposiums with health system providers and other key partners in
early June to help design a health services system that meets the changing
needs of local residents. Close to 400 health care experts and leaders from
health care and related organizations will be attending one of two symposiums
being held in Owen Sound on June 1-2 and in London on June 8-9.
    Symposium participants will discuss and provide their advice on improving
health care delivery to residents - including evaluating the present state of
health care services, how well these services respond to the needs of
residents, and what changes may be required to meet the health care needs of
individuals and families in the future.
    Participants will include representatives from more than 150 health
service providers in the LHIN - including hospitals, long-term care homes,
mental health and addiction agencies, community support services, community
health centres, the South West Community Care Access Centre, as well as family
physicians, public health units and others.
    The recommendations and input gathered at the symposiums will form a key
part of the Health System Design Blueprint being developed by the LHIN aimed
at creating a high-quality, sustainable health care system. This work will
also be a core component of a renewed South West LHIN Integrated Health
Service Plan, which will guide LHIN activities for 2010 to 2013.
    The South West LHIN is also planning extensive community engagement in
mid-July and early September to seek input from the public. Further details on
17 public forums planned for communities across the LHIN will be circulated in
    More information about the Health System Design Blueprint Project and
Integrated Health Service Plan is available on the South West LHIN website at


    "The perspective and participation of front-line providers and health
system leaders across the LHIN is critical as we work together to improve
health services and meet the health care needs of residents. In partnership
with our health system partners, we will strive to create a health care system
that balances access, quality and sustainability," said Michael Barrett, CEO
of the South West LHIN.
    "The Symposiums are an important opportunity for different health care
providers and partners to work together to create a health care system that
helps people stay healthy, delivers good care to them when they are sick and
will be there for their children and their grandchildren as we plan for the
future," said Norm Gamble, Chair of the South West LHIN Board of Directors.

For further information:

For further information: Attendance at the symposiums is by invitation
only to health care leaders in the South West LHIN. For media interviews with
South West LHIN spokespersons please call Jim Durham, Communications Lead,
South West LHIN, During symposiums at (226) 688-4151; Following symposiums at
(519) 640-2596 or 1-866-294-5446

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