Board Meeting Highlights
The following are highlights of the Board of Directors meetings held by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) in Ottawa, Ontario on February 9 and 24, 2016.
Regional Planning and Community Engagement
The Ottawa Hospital Cancer Treatment Centre Stem-Cell Project – Decision
The Champlain LHIN Board of Directors endorsed a request from The Ottawa Hospital to renovate and expand its stem cell transplant program at the General Campus.
The Ottawa Hospital is one of three regional cancer programs in Ontario that performs a full range of stem cell transplant procedures for treating some patients with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood disorders (other such programs are located in Toronto and Hamilton).
Due to significant patient demand, Cancer Care Ontario had identified a need to increase capacity at all three provincial sites.
The Ottawa Hospital plans to create additional space for inpatient beds, outpatient services, and related support services including pharmacy, laboratory and diagnostic imaging. The total cost of the capital project is estimated to be more than $7 million.
LHIN Board members agreed that The Ottawa Hospital’s pre-capital submission aligns with LHIN priorities. The expanded services also fit with the hospital’s current and future role within the Champlain health system. In addition, Board members were assured the project would not disrupt care for current patients and would not have a negative impact on the hospital’s operating budget.
The proposal will be shared with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (Ministry) for additional review.
CEO Report to the Board
- Champlain LHIN CEO Chantale LeClerc provided a summary of local stakeholder consultations related to the Patients First discussion paper, which was released by the Ministry in December 2015. Ms. LeClerc and LHIN staff met with a number of groups, such as a network of long-term care home residents’ councils, the Indigenous Health Circle Forum and primary-care networks across the region. “We’re being very respectful in that after every session we send the notes back out to the participants and ask them if we’ve captured their thoughts appropriately,” Ms LeClerc told the Board. A detailed account of all Champlain LHIN stakeholder sessions will be submitted to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
- Ms. LeClerc also spoke about a recent provincial webinar and regional workshop in which roughly 50 Champlain addictions and mental health providers took part. Attendees discussed how the Ontario Health Reporting System could be improved to better support health system planning, performance management, and accountability monitoring. Click here to learn more about the LHIN's mental health and addictions work.
LHIN Accountability Agreements with Long-Term Care Homes – Decision
Accountability agreements define the obligations and responsibilities of the LHIN and its funded agencies. An agreement must be in place before the LHIN can distribute funding to a health provider.
Accountability agreements between the Champlain LHIN and the 60 long-term care homes in Champlain will expire on March 31, 2016. To help prepare the next set of agreements for this sector, LHIN staff recently reviewed annual planning submissions from all homes in the region.
The Ministry and LHINs have joint responsibility for the long-term care home sector. One of the Ministry’s responsibilities is to ensure all long-term care homes meet regulated care standards. The LHIN then has a role in reviewing the Ministry’s compliance status reports. For more information on the compliance status of long-term care homes in Ontario, please visit the Ministry website.
The new long-term care agreements contain specific local obligations. For example, the homes must report to the LHIN on activities to increase Indigenous cultural awareness and sensitivity of its staff, physicians and volunteers. They will also collaborate in the planning of a system that connects long-term care data with hospital and other data to improve care and decision-making.
The Champlain LHIN Board of Directors supported the accountability agreements with all 60 Champlain long-term care homes, covering a three-year period from 2016 to 19.