From the News Archive at North York General Hospital Nov 5, 2010Dr. David M. Kaplan, Deputy Chief, Family & Community Medicine Program at North York General Hospital, has been appointed to two leadership roles for the Central LHIN.Primary Care Diabetes Lead, Central LHINAs a part of the Ontario Diabetes Strategy, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) is creating a Regional Coordination Centre (RCC) in each of the 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). The RCCs are responsible for the coordination of and improvements in outcomes for diabetic prevention, education and care within the province including both general and priority populations.Dr. Kaplan will lead regional program development from a primary care perspective. He will act a resource, leader, and advocate for primary care providers in the region. Finally, he will help address diabetes service delivery issues within the Central LHIN region, such as quality management and unattached patient management.Chair, Central LHIN Primary Care Action Group The Central LHIN launched the Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP) 2010-2013 that outlined the LHIN’s key priorities for the next three years: 1. Emergency Room /Alternate Levels of Care; 2. Chronic Disease Management and Prevention; 3. Mental Health and Addictions; and 4. Health Equity.The Central LHIN identified primary care as a critical enabler to support an integrated health care system. To continue to move the strategy forward, Central LHIN established an interdisciplinary Primary Care Action Group to define a comprehensive primary care system vision for the Central LHIN and help improve access to primary health care for our residents. Dr. Kaplan’s leadership will help define the role of community-based primary care in these four key LHIN priorities.
Monthly Archives: November 2010
Family physicians and other primary care providers are the front line of the health system – caring for patients and their families closer to home and in their own communities, and contributing to continuity of care.The Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is collaborating with primary care providers to leverage resources, programs and services to enhance access to primary care for residents in our communities, with specific focus on those areas that may be underserved or where there may higher than average incidence of health conditions such as diabetes.As part of a provincial strategy to improve access to primary care the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care recently announced that 30 new Family Health Teams and 14 new Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics will be established throughout Ontario communities to improve access to comprehensive family health care.Three new Family Health Teams are being established in the Central LHIN – bringing the total number of teams in the LHIN to 11. Central LHIN will also benefit from the establishment of its first-ever Nurse Practitioner-Led Clinics thanks to the Ministry’s announcement of one clinic for Georgina and one for North York West.The addition of new primary care resources in Central LHIN supports our four planning priorities in the Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP) 2010-2013, including emergency department/alternative level of care, mental health and addictions, chronic disease management and prevention and health equity. We are working with our health service providers and the community to expand services where possible, reduce health inequities and improve overall health outcomes.To help us to do this, Central LHIN recently established an interdisciplinary Primary Care Action Group, co-chaired by Dr. David Kaplan, and comprised of a broad range of primary care providers and representatives from across Central LHIN health service providers.“Engaging with the primary care providers in our LHIN through the interdisciplinary Primary Care Action Group is key to the development of a primary care system vision for the Central LHIN, and to delivering on our IHSP priorities, said Kim Baker, Chief Executive Officer, Central LHIN. “We want to advance access to primary health care for residents in our LHIN and improve the quality and sustainability of our health care system.”The Primary Care Action Group’s first meeting is in October 2010. Watch our website for future updates regarding the work of this group.Did you know? There is now an easy-to-use doctor referral program, called Health Care Connect, which helps Ontarians find family doctors and nurse practitioners in their communities. So far, the program has referred 42,500 Ontarians to a family health care provider. You can also find out more about the health care choices available to you in your community by visiting Your Health Care Options