Ontario Strengthens Critical Care System

    Dr. Avery Nathens To Lead CritiCall Medical Care Transition Team

    TORONTO, March 18 /CNW/ - Dr. Avery Nathens has been named as Medical
Director for CritiCall Ontario. CritiCall is responsible for facilitating the
efficient flow of patients requiring acute medical services across Ontario.
This includes coordinating clinical consultations and patient transfers
between hospitals.
    As Medical Director, Dr. Nathens will work with hospitals and physicians
from across the province to develop improved protocols for inter-facility
medical consultation and patient transfer. A priority task will be to work
with the members of the Neurosurgical Expert Panel to ensure patients
requiring neurosurgical care can get access to care as close to home as
    Dr. Nathens is currently the Division Head in General Surgery and
Director of Trauma at St. Michael's Hospital, in Toronto. He has extensive
experience evaluating trauma systems and patient care.


    "Dr. Nathens' work in analyzing regional trauma systems has provided
important insights into managing how patients move across Ontario's hospital
network," said Dr. Bernard Lawless, Provincial Lead, Critical Care and Trauma,
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. "The results of this work will be used
to improve patient care for Ontario residents."
    "Ensuring patients get access to the right care at the right time is a
key objective for each of Ontario's 14 Local Health Integration Networks,"
said Tony Woolgar, CEO, South West LHIN. "We look forward to working closely
with Dr. Nathens and supporting his efforts to achieve this goal."


    -  Every year, over 10,000 critically ill patients are moved from one
       Ontario hospital to another in order to access the correct specialty

    -  CritiCall Ontario supports physicians across Ontario in accessing and
       managing the critical care needs of patients, coordinating patient
       transfers and working to ensure that patients receive care as close to
       home as possible.


    Visit CritiCall Ontario (https://www.criticall.com/info/index.shtml).


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For further information:

For further information: Laurel Ostfield, Minister's Office, (416)
212-4048; David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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