Central West CCAC, Headwaters and Osler win health care governance award for creating strategic board partnership.
November 11, 2014 BRAMPTON/ETOBICOKE/ORANGEVILLE – The Central West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), Headwaters Health Care Centre (Headwaters) and William Osler Health System (Osler) have won the 2014 Award in Leading Governance Excellence through the Ontario Hospital Association's (OHA) Governance Centre of Excellence.
The award recognizes the organizations' Board of Directors for their work in developing a Strategic Partnership Committee to support the creation of a more unified health care system to better serve patients and families in the Central West region. The announcement was made during an education session at OHA HealthAchieve on Monday, November 3, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
"This award is a testament to the impact this partnership has and will continue to have on health care in the Central West region," said Rob Hamilton, Board Chair, Headwaters Health Care Centre. "It acknowledges that we are leading the way by creating innovative partnerships through cross-sector integration, and building a system to put patients first."
The joint Strategic Partnership Committee is the first of its kind in the province and is tasked with fostering solutions to some of health care's more challenging issues. These include improving transitions between hospital and community care and sharing of records and patient information. The committee is also focused on developing ways to improve patient care and access to health care services in the region, promote efficiency within administrative functions and align the performance and accountability of the three organizations.
"The Strategic Partnership Committee is a reflection of the commitment each organization has to creating a truly unified health care system and we are delighted that this award validates that," said Carmine
Domanico, Board Chair, Central West Community Care Access Centre. "By working more closely together than ever before, we are building a system that is more responsive to the needs of patients today and more sustainable for generations to come."
In August, the Central West CCAC, Headwaters and Osler integrated the three organization's non-clinical support functions – an initiative that was proposed by the Strategic Partnership Committee to maximize talent and resources.
"The creation of the governance partnership was a natural extension of the work and partnerships already in place at the front lines of these three organizations," said John Davies, Board Chair, William Osler Health System. "This initiative provides an unprecedented opportunity to explore new forms of partnership, joint
investment opportunities, and improve our combined ability to meet the health care needs of the patients and families we serve, now and into the future. We are truly honoured to be recognized for this work."
ABOUT THE CENTRAL WEST COMMUNITY CARE ACCESS CENTRE: The Central West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) helps ensure people have the health care and support they need to remain safe and independent for as long as possible. We are privileged to help people come home from hospital, live independently, and, when appropriate, transition into long-term care. Our care coordinators are regulated health professionals – nurses, physiotherapists, and others – with additional, specialized training in coordinating care across the health system. Last year, we served more than 35,000 patients at home, in school, and through the three hospitals located in our community. The Central West CCAC is funded by the Central West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).
ABOUT HEADWATERS HEALTH CARE CENTRE: Headwaters Health Care Centre is an 86-bed acute and complex continuing care facility, offering both inpatient and outpatient services, as well as an Emergency Department with 24/7 coverage. By offering care closer to home and putting patients first, Headwaters Health Care Centre aims to provide an exceptional experience every time.
ABOUT WILLIAM OSLER HEALTH SYSTEM: William Osler Health System is a hospital system 'Accredited with Exemplary Standing' that serves 1.3 million residents of Brampton, Etobicoke, and surrounding communities within the Central West Local Health Integration Network. Osler's emergency departments are among the busiest in Canada and its labour and delivery program is one of the largest in the province. William Osler Health System Foundation builds and fosters relationships in order to raise funds to support William Osler Health System's capital, education and research priorities at Brampton Civic Hospital, Etobicoke General Hospital and the new Peel Memorial Centre for Integrated Health & Wellness.
For more information: Cara Francis
Manager, Public Relations and Digital Communications William Osler Health System
P: 905-494-2120 ext. 59467
Photo caption: Members of the Boards of Directors from the Central West Community Care Access Centre, Headwaters Health Care Centre and William Osler Health System gathered on Monday November 3 at HealthAchieve to celebrate their 2014 Award in Leading Governance Excellence.