The following are the highlights of the Champlain Local Health Integration Network Board of Directors meeting held in Ottawa, Ontario on October 24, 2018.
Integration Decision: Sub-Acute Capacity Plan for the Champlain Region
Sub-acute services provide rehabilitation and restoration to people after an acute event such as a stroke, surgery or illness.
The LHIN Board of Directors approved a new plan for these services across the Champlain region. The aim is to ensure people receive the right sub-acute services, at the right time, and in the right place.
The approval followed a 45-day public consultation that generated valuable insight and recommendations from health service providers and members of the public. Seventy submissions were received. The input resulted in adjustments to the draft integration decision, and will also be incorporated into the sub-acute care activities as they proceed.
The main objectives of the plan are to:
- Provide more sub-acute services in community settings
- Increase the frequency and intensity of inpatient rehabilitation to ensure better outcomes, mainly for people who have suffered a stroke or an acquired brain injury
- Convert unused capacity in complex continuing care beds to meet current and future demands for rehabilitation beds
- Develop a plan to consolidate stroke rehabilitation beds located in Ottawa with acute stroke services at The Ottawa Hospital
- Put in place a formal network of partners to implement the plan.
“It’s encouraging to see hospitals and service providers working closely with the Champlain LHIN to create a regional model to improve access to rehabilitative treatment,” said Champlain LHIN CEO Chantale LeClerc. “This decision will help make better use of existing resources.”
For more information on the Sub-Acute integration decision, please click here.
Health System Performance – April to June 2018 Results
The Champlain LHIN’s first quarter report for 2018-19 showed positive results regarding hip and knee replacement surgery wait times. In fact, over 90 per cent of patients now have their surgery within the target time (182 days or less), up from 72 per cent five years ago.
The improvement can be attributed to an innovative model of care brought in several years ago by the Champlain LHIN, in collaboration with hospitals and physicians. The model includes a central intake system for patient referrals, as well as timely patient assessments to determine the best course of treatment.
A broader challenge for the region remains the length of time patients spend in emergency rooms.
The Champlain LHIN and its partners continue to work diligently to solve this important challenge. Funding to hospitals has increased to add more beds, for example. As a result, patients in the emergency room can be admitted to a hospital bed more quickly. Emergency-room diversion is another key strategy. The LHIN and partners have expanded community-based health programs for people with chronic illnesses, thus reducing avoidable emergency room visits.
The winter season is a particularly busy time for emergency rooms due to higher rates of influenza. During the Board meeting, Dr. Greg Taylor (LHIN Board member and adjunct professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa), reiterated the importance of getting the flu shot, to effectively reduce pressures on hospitals.
French-Language Health Services at the Champlain LHIN
The Champlain region is home to over a quarter of a million French-speaking residents, roughly 20 per cent of the population.
It is therefore important for LHIN staff to work and dialogue effectively with Francophone providers, partners and members of the public. The LHIN is also required to ensure that the home-care services it delivers are provided in both official languages.
Champlain LHIN French Language Services Advisor, Myriam Taillon, explained that the organization has designated 40 per cent of its staffing positions as bilingual. She explained that of the designated bilingual positions, 97 per cent of them are staffed by a bilingual employee, a good result given recruitment challenges for certain roles.
For more information on French-language health services, please click here.