At its September 28, 2016 public meeting, the Champlain LHIN Board of Directors approved sub-regions as an important way to achieve the LHIN’s mission of building a coordinated, integrated and accountable health system for people where and when they need it. These sub-region geographies address a variety of perspectives and population-health dimensions, while considering existing community networks and partnerships.
- A sub-region is a smaller geographic planning region within the Champlain LHIN that will help the Champlain LHIN better understand and address patient needs at the local level.
- Sub-regions have been in place informally in the Champlain LHIN for many years and they are now being formalized.
- By looking at care patterns through a smaller, more local lens, the Champlain LHIN will be able to better identify and respond to community needs and ensure that patients across the entire LHIN have access to the care they need, when and where they need it. This includes the needs of Francophone Ontarians, Indigenous communities, newcomers and other individuals and groups within the Champlain LHIN whose health-care needs are unique and who often experience challenges accessing and navigating the health system.
- The approach will not restrict Ontarians as they make their health-care decisions.
- Sub-regions are not an additional layer of bureaucracy. They will not be separate organizations or administrations, and will not have their own staff or boards.
- Champlain LHIN sub-regions were established based on existing care patterns to achieve a more local approach that will better serve Ontarians by ensuring that services reflect the unique needs of patients and communities.
- In formalizing our sub-regions, the Champlain LHIN used the best available evidence – including patient referral patterns and insights gleaned from local engagement with patients, providers and community members – to make sure that sub-regions align with local needs.
- Physicians, nurses and other clinicians, as well as patients, caregivers and their families will play a role in planning, priority-setting and implementing improvement activities at the Champlain LHIN sub-region level to ensure the needs of patients and communities are being met.
Please read our supporting documents, below, to learn more about the consultations, and how the feedback we received shaped the final sub-region boundaries.
If you have questions, please contact James Fahey, LHIN Director, Health System Planning (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 613.747.3215 [toll-free 1.866.902.5446 x 3215]).