The Champlain LHIN’s mission is to build a coordinated, integrated and accountable health system for people, where and when they need it.
Since it began, the LHIN has been engaging people who use health services, health service providers (HSPs) and other members of the community in discussions about how the health system in our region can be more responsive to people’s needs.
Champlain residents have told us they want:
A health system they can rely on to give quality care when and where they need it. They want to make sure that they don’t have to wait too long for diagnosis and treatment.
More emphasis on preventing illness and keeping people healthy at home and in the communities where they live.
More attention paid to how the health system is performing and containing costs so health services will be there today and in the future.
Our three-year strategic plan, the Integrated Health Service Plan 2010-2013 describes how the Champlain LHIN will fulfill its mission and move forward on its vision for the health system. The plan encompasses all Champlain residents, and identifies three populations on which to focus: People with:
Diabetes, or Pre-Diabetes
Mental Health Issues and/or Problematic Substance Use
Complex Health Conditions.
By ensuring the health system properly responds to these populations, the LHIN will measure success with goals that fall under three strategic directions:
Improved Champlain Residents’ Health
Improve Champlain Residents’ Experience with the Health System, and
Improve the Performance of an Accountable and Sustainable Health System.
Why Health Service Planning?
To improve Champlain residents’ health, their experience with the health system and the performance of the health system, a new configuration of services is needed. People told us:
All communities in our region need access to quality primary health services.
They need access to “service hubs” for a range of services that can be offered in hospitals and other convenient locations closer to home.
They need safe, accessible and high-quality, community-based hospitals and teaching hospitals that provide specialized staff, equipment and services.
In all, these components need to work better together to ensure a seamless quality system of health services for people living in Champlain.
How we do Health Service Planning?
The Health Service Planning Team works with health and community services providers across Champlain to support planning and integration initiatives at a local, district and regional levels.
1) LHIN-Wide Initiatives :
LHIN-wide, or regional, programs are being developed to help provide coordinated and consistent quality of care across our region for some health specialty areas. Some advantages to regional programs are that they:
Build on existing networks
Set standards for best practices, facilitate / knowledge transfer and collaboration
Oversee the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of services
Provide teams to respond to population needs.
Examples of current LHIN-wide or regional programs include:
Champlain Orthopedic Program Planning Initiative (COPPI)
This initiative was created in January 2012 to produce a plan:
To create a regional orthopedic program (structure, roles, functions, funding, implementation, etc.), and
For the distribution of orthopedic services driven by patient need organizational capacity, and high performance. A set of four criteria were established to guide decisions: capacity, access, efficiency, quality / safety.
COPPI was launched on the advice of hospital CEOs participating in the West Champlain Surgical Services Planning Initiative, based on a review of issues and opportunities. The initiative has accelerated as a consequence of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s roll out of a patient-based hospital funding, including "quality based, per-procedure" funding for certain orthopedic procedures. The distribution and management of total hip and knee replacement procedures will be decided first, followed by other orthopedic procedures and rehabilitation. A regional program model will be proposed for consideration in late 2012. Stakeholder engagement and consultation are being undertaken throughout the planning process.
The COPPI Leadership Group is co-chaired by Pierre Noel, CEO, Pembroke Regional Hospital and Dr. Andrew Falconer, Chief of Staff, Queensway-Carleton Hospital. Members include clinical and administrative leaders from:
Carleton Place Hospital (on behalf of small hospitals)
Community Care Access Centre
Cornwall Community Hospital
Hawkesbury & District General Hospital
Hôpital Montfort Hospital
Kemptville District Hospital
The Ottawa Hospital
Pembroke Regional Hospital
Rehabilitation Network of Champlain.
Information about the Champlain Regional Hip and Knee Replacement Program is here.
Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program
Sept 2012 Update: Chantale LeClerc, Champlain LHIN CEO, is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Andrée Gruslin as the Champlain LHIN Interim Regional Medical Lead - OB/GYN. Please click here for more information!
With the goal of improving the health of mothers and newborns in Champlain, and after much consultation, collaboration and cooperation, the LHIN released a report entitled:
A BluePrint for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies, Healthy Future in 2010.
This document established the framework for the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program (CMNRP) and was enthusiastically received. Subsequently, the Champlain LHIN issued a decision requiring the parties to begin implementation of the Program.
Specifically, this decision:
Identifies the levels of newborn and maternal care to be delivered by the Parties
Establishes a four-site, urban model for the Champlain region
Initiates the planning process for a transition to a three-site urban model for Champlain
Confirms six existing rural sites and
Requires the Parties to work with the LHIN and each other to realize service improvements and other benefits that are expected from the integration initiatives in an operational Program.
The CMNRP Network advises both the Leadership Team and the LHIN. Membership includes an interdisciplinary representation of Health Service Providers, Partners, LHIN, and other key stakeholders, from maternal and newborn services across rural, urban, community and tertiary settings within the diverse communities across the LHIN.
In April 2011, the CMNRP Network and CMNRP staff participated in a strategic planning exercise to clearly translate the strategies outlined in the Blueprint into strategic directions to begin implementation, and to confirm the structure and accountabilities of the program. The vision, mission, values, guiding principles and strategic directions were all confirmed. In the 2011/14 CMNRP Strategic Plan, key strategies, deliverables, timelines and outcome measures are further developed for each strategic direction and aligned with clear accountability and responsibility to the Network committees.
Dec 2010 Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program communiqué
Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program
The goal of the Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program (CHPCP) is to create an integrated system of hospice palliative care to ensure the best end-of-life services for Champlain residents.
In May 2010, the CHPCP was created, as approved by the Champlain LHIN Board. In Jan. 2011, the CHPCP endorsed, and LHIN Board supported, a proposed plan for sustaining and improving community hospice services. The plan proposes keeping the current 25 hospice beds at Hospice at May Court and Bruyère Continuing Care, and adding 30 hospice beds across Ottawa. The total cost would be $6.5 million, and come from existing funds.
The progam has established a leadership council, Executive Director and subcommittees, who have begun implementing their workplan priorities. For more information, contact:
Célestin Abedi, Executive Director, CHPCP
Traditionally, non-urgent transportation initiatives have been local in nature and revolved around the needs of clients and caregivers residing in or around the City of Ottawa, the Eastern Counties and Renfrew County. Some initiatives were more successful than others; however, through the years, non-urgent transportation remained a priority issue for Community Support Services (CSS) in Champlain.
In September 2011, the Champlain LHIN announced annualized funding of $737,400 for a regionally coordinated and integrated non-urgent transportation system in Champlain and specifically, to address the needs of people requiring transportation to dialysis treatments, Adult Day Programs and caregiver respite.
The Champlain Community Support Network (CCSN) accepted to oversee the project and authorized the establishment of a Regional Steering Committee to continue the project’s work. As part of this initiative, Renfrew Carefor has taken on the regional coordination and financial management role. This project will focus on the development of a coordinated and integrated non-urgent transportation system and address the priority needs noted above while respecting the current local efforts underway in the different communities of Champlain.
Sept 02, 2011 News Release
Telemedicine Nursing Project
The Champlain LHIN has received funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to support the expansion of the telemedicine services across the province. In the Champlain region, the LHIN has been a large supporter of telemedicine and works closely with the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) to enhance and grow the use of telemedicine. Telemedicine is a key strategy to reach the goals within our Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP) and ensuring quality health services are provided as close to home as possible.
The Champlain LHIN has been allocated 15 nursing positions to increase the number of clinical telemedicine events. We have allocated these nursing resources across our communities of care as follows:
Renfrew County – 4 nurses
North Lanark, North Grenville – 2 nurses
Ottawa – 1 nurse
Eastern Counties – 4 nurses
Consultant sites in Ottawa – 3 nurses.
The overall goal of the telemedicine nursing project in Champlain is to develop and implement a Champlain-wide plan for telemedicine which will:
Align with the Champlain Integrated Health Services Plan
Increase the number of clinical telemedicine events
Increase efficiency of health service delivery
Provide high quality health services for clients as close to home as possible.
A regional telemedicine plan will be developed and implemented across Champlain in collaboration with the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN).
July 17, 2012 News Release
2) District Initiatives:
In larger geographic areas or district levels, focused planning is occurring to plan distribution of specific services (such as surgery or senior services). Examples of current district programs include:
Eastern Counties Health Services Distribution Plan
The Eastern Counties Hospital Clinical Services Distribution Plan was developed as part of the LHIN’s goal to establish an integrated health system across its region. The Eastern Counties project focused on integration and clinical services distribution planning with five hospitals in the area, home to about 200,000 people.
The process engaged a Steering Committee, four clinical working groups from the five Eastern Counties hospitals, a Citizen’s Advisory Panel and other committees. Over 12 months, the planning process entailed extensive stakeholder involvement and significant investment of staff and consultant time.
An Eastern Counties Clinical Services Planning preliminary report was prepared and presented to the LHIN Board of Directors in May 2010. The Board endorsed the overall direction outlined in the report, and directed the Steering Committee to begin integrating the input of the Citizen’s Advisory Panel, along with other consultation advice into an implementation action plan.
Citizens' Advisory Panel:
As part of the planning for the Eastern Counties Clinical Services Distribution Plan, a 24 member Citizens' Advisory Panel was formed. The Panel represented the various ages, geographical communities and languages in Eastern Counties.
Panel members met for three full Saturdays to provide advice on potential integration and distribution of hospital services. This group’s input was compiled and provided to the Steering Committee for consideration in the action plan development. While much of what the Citizens' Panel proposed was out of scope for this planning exercise, Steering Committee is forwarding their recommendations to the appropriate group(s) for consideration. The Citizens' Advisory Panel Report is available here: CAP Final Report .
Based on feedback from consultations and availability of time and resources, the Steering Committee decided to initially focus on two areas for Eastern Counties:
Marc Leboutillier, CEO Hawkesbury & District General Hospital, led the development of an action plan for mental health and addictions, while Bonnie Ruest, CEO of St. Joseph Complex Continuing Care Centre, led a group to look at the coordination of Eastern Counties geriatric services. Action plans are in development with consultation with community partners.
eCommuniqué (Dec 2010)
eCommuniqué (Aug 2010)
eCommuniqué (Nov 2009)
eCommuniqué (Aug 2009)
News Release (Mar 18, 2010)
News Release (Aug 24, 2009)
Media Technical Briefing Presentation (Aug 24, 2009)
Eastern Counties Population Health Statistics