Toronto, June 22, 2021 – Home and Community Care Support Services welcomes Joe Parker as the new Board Chair and Donna Cripps as the Interim Chief Executive Officer to lead Ontario’s Home and Community Care Support Services organizations, effective July 1, 2021. These appointments will ensure strong leadership to support continuity of high-quality home care services and partnership in modernizing home and community care.
Home and Community Care Supports Services organizations are responsible for home care delivery, long-term care home placement and community referrals. They have a focused mandate to improve the delivery of home care as part of the government’s plan to an integrated, connected health care system through Ontario Health Teams.
"I am honoured to provide governance to this important step in integrating Ontario's health care system, while keeping a laser focus on stability of the home care and long-term care home placement services people rely on every single day,” said Mr. Parker. “Our commitment is to ensure Ontarians receive these important services where and when they need them. At the same time, we will advance our goals of integrating and modernizing home care in partnership with Ontario Health and health and community service providers right across the province, ensuring that the patient is at the centre of everything we do.”
“By working together as one with our 14 teams across the province, we will combine our knowledge, strength and expertise to continue to deliver high-quality home care services to Ontarians,” said Donna Cripps. “Our home care staff are demonstrating incredible strength, resiliency and capacity throughout the pandemic in helping keep patients safe and healthy at home, an important contributor to ending hallway health care. Their expertise and ongoing work is valued and vital as we work in partnership to build an integrated health care system with care coordinated for patients and families.”
A new, diverse and highly experienced board of directors will support a focused leadership team to govern and manage Home and Community Care Support Services. Remaining members of the Board of Directors will be confirmed in the weeks ahead.
“Home and community care plays a vital role in keeping people safe and healthy. Over the past year, we have seen how important these services are for people across the province," said Minister Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. "The strong leadership of Joe and Donna will ensure that as we continue to move forward with thoughtful, incremental changes to modernize home and community care, there will be no disruption to patient care. We will continue to work with Home and Community Care Support Services and our health sector partners to build a better, connected health care system centred around the needs of patients.”
Planning for the eventual and carefully phased integration of home and community care services into Ontario Health Teams will involve engagement with system partners. At all times there will be continuity of care for patients and caregivers, who can continue to access home and community care services in the same way and using the same contacts.
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About Home and Community Care Support Services
Home and Community Care Support Services (formerly known as Local Health Integration Networks) has a focused mandate to deliver local health care services such as home care, access to community services and long-term care home placement. These agencies previously had additional responsibilities for local health system funding and management, but these functions were transferred to and assumed by Ontario Health on April 1, 2021.
Home and Community Care Support Services is dedicated to ensuring the ongoing delivery of local services while Ontario makes changes to improve the health care system to give patients better connected care with health care providers working as one coordinated team in Ontario Health Teams.
Although these agencies are operating under new business names, services and contact information remain the same, including home and community care, long-term care home placement and help finding services and local doctors.