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.