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Nov 17, 2016 A System View Coming to Computers and Mobile Devices
It’s evident from research that information technology can be an enabler in empowering organizational operations and driving improvement, ultimately to the benefit of patients. To this end, the ESC LHIN and Oculys have collaborated to create the first regional LHIN-view tool to provide real-time information for dealing with flow processes in and between hospitals.
Jul 12, 2016 Top Tools to Find Your Health Care Options

Finding your health care options has become a lot easier thanks to the development of some excellent new tools. From phone, to online, to in-person, the following are resources that will help you locate the health care information and services you need.

May 30, 2016 Visiting the VON Adult Day Program
Just a short while ago, the Erie St. Clair LHIN’s very own Ron Sheppard, a Health System Manager for Windsor/Essex, paid a visit to the new VON Adult Day Program. The program was transitioned earlier this year into the community as a way of improving access and ensuring that it would be sustainable in the future.
Apr 18, 2016 New Online Library for Teens and Young Adults
The Windsor Essex Community Health Centre - Teen Health has launched a new online resource to help people ages 12 to 24 find important health information. The David Jaggs E-library is helping young people access accurate information about physical and mental health issues important to them.
Feb 10, 2016 New Transportation Partnership is a Win-Win for Windsor/Essex
Clients of the Alzheimer Society of Windsor & Essex County will be seeing the same friendly and helpful faces they always see, but arriving to pick them up in new vehicle thanks to a partnership with CareLink Health Transit.
Jan 14, 2016 Seeking Your Input on Doctor-Assisted Dying and End-of-Life Decisions
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) is looking for input on the topic of physician-assisted dying and end-of-life care decisions. Your feedback will be used to inform the MOHLTC’s approach to the sensitive and complex topic of end-of-life decisions and will help ensure that any future laws or policies meet the needs of people, respect personal wishes and support death with dignity.
Oct 02, 2015 City Centre Health Care Improves Appointment Wait Times by 75%
In May of 2014, staff at City Centre Health Care launched an initiative to find ways to reduce the time it takes to book follow-up appointments by 20%. One year later, the initiative has successfully reduced appointment wait times by 75%; far exceeding expectations.
Sep 03, 2015 Convalescent care infused with the joy of cooking
Convalescent care is a short-term program with a maximum stay of 90 days, and residents work towards their own goals.
Aug 06, 2015 The LDMH Neighbourhood of Care
The LDMH Neighbourhood of Care is improving resident’s access to addiction and mental health services by bringing health service providers together in one location.  Located on-site at the Leamington District Memorial Hospital (LDMH) campus, the Neighbourhood of Care is currently home to 18 agencies who are offering programing out of the hospital, free of charge.
May 07, 2015 Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is Looking for Your Vaccination Stories
Have you been personally affected by a serious, vaccine-preventable disease? If so, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care would like to hear your story and possibly use it in an upcoming campaign to promote the necessity and relevancy of vaccination in Ontario.
Feb 24, 2015 Erie St. Clair LHIN Lead Roles

Erie St. Clair LHIN Lead Roles. Strong leaders are well known to draw on the advice of experts and the Erie St. Clair (ESC) LHIN is no exception to this rule. By developing strong partnerships with experts and aligning them as LHIN Leads, the ESC LHIN is better able to plan and manage local health care needs.

Jan 27, 2015 CareLinks Health Transportation Services
Jan 08, 2015 Erie St. Clair LHIN Investment Turbo-Charges ConnexOntario
Dec 12, 2014 Long-Term Care and the Great Outdoor Air
When people think of Long-Term Care homes, they usually don’t think about toasting marshmallows on an open fire. But at the Blenheim Community Village Residence, the great outdoors, camp songs, and s’mores are something that both residents and staff enjoy.
Nov 25, 2014 Big News With Behavioural Supports Ontario
Our local Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) Team, at the Riverside Place Long-Term Care Home in Windsor, has some outstanding results to share. Thanks to the hard work of management, staff, and the Responsive Behaviour Team, Riverside Place has reduced physical response behaviours by 84 percent, and drastically improved the quality of life for its residents.
Oct 09, 2014 Working with Local Immigrants to Understand their Health Care Needs
The Erie St. Clair LHIN works hard to ensure that all residents in our area have access to equitable health care services. As part of our mandate, we actively work with and engage the community to get their feedback about what is working and where improvements can be made. 
Mar 24, 2014 2014 - 03 - 24 - 90-Second LHINfo Video - Westover Treatment Centre

90 Second LHINfo Video Westover Treatment Centre Stage Two Recovery March 24, 2014 Westover Treatment Centre provides a holistic treatment atmosphere that enables clients to overcome addiction or substance abuse issues and learn to lead healthy and productive lives. This

Mar 06, 2014 2014 - 03 - 06 - 90-Second LHINfo Video: New Diabetes Central Intake Form

This 90-second LHINfo video, featuring Sarah May Garcia from the Erie St. Clair LHIN, outlines why this new Diabetes Central Intake Referral Form  is important, what it means to health care providers, and how it will help to improve the quality of care.

 

 

Feb 19, 2014 2014 - 02 - 19 - LHINfo Minute - Pilot Project at Bluewater Helps Patients - final.pdf
Thanks to a partnership between the Erie St. Clair LHIN, Bluewater Health, and the CCAC, seniors and their families can now access portable tablets pre-loaded with video tours of Sarnia/Lambton long-term care homes.
Dec 18, 2013 2013 - 12 - 18 - New Chatham-Kent Health Link helps people with complex health needs - LHINfo Minute - final.pdf

People with complex or chronic health conditions are a priority for the ESC LHIN and local health service providers. To help ensure that people with complex health needs receive the care they need, over a dozen community health care providers and social service organizations have been meeting to develop the Chatham‐Kent Health Link (CKHL).

Nov 01, 2013 2013 - 11 - 01 - 90-Second LHINfo - Caring Connections Program

Caring Connections The Caring Connections program is offered by the House of Sophrosyne. Below is    The Caring Connections program is aimed to support pregnant and parenting women (parenting children 0 6 years of age) with substance misuse and addiction

Oct 03, 2013 2013 - 10 - 03 - LHINFO Minute - Homeward Bound Program - Red Cross.pdf

Florence, 82 years old, lives at home, and like many other people at around 11:40 in the morning, was on her way to the kitchen to make lunch. It was a perfectly normal Monday right up to the moment when Florence missed her footing on the last step of the stairs…

Sep 12, 2013 2013 - 09 - 12 - 90-second LHINfo - New beds at Vision LTC home in Sarnia

On April 29, 2013, the first new residents began to move into the 36 new and 32 renovated beds at Vision ‘74 Inc. long-term care home in Sarnia, Ontario. This new development is thanks in part to an investment of $1.4 million by the Erie St. Clair LHIN.

 

Jun 21, 2013 2013 - 06 - 21 - LHINfo Minutes - New Beginnings Club Integration.pdf

It’s been four years in the making, and it has been time well spent; the New Beginnings, Brain Injury Association of Chatham-Kent and the Sarnia-Lambton Stroke Recovery Association have successfully integrated their operations.

May 31, 2013 2013 - 05 - 31 - 90-second LHINfo - Improving Hospital Transfers in Sarnia Lambton
In the following 90-second video, Paul Brown, Health System Manager at the ESC LHIN, speaks about a powerful partnership and process improvement that results in better care for patients and health care providers in Sarnia/Lambton.
May 24, 2013 2013 - 05 - 24 - LHINfo Minute - Trillium Villa’s convalescent-care program - part 2.pdf

In this LHINfo Minute, we take a look at the second of two patient stories that have been brought to our attention. Jeanette Gravelle’s visited the Trillium Villa’s convalescent-care program and has experienced significant improvements in her quality of life - so much so that she is leaving long-term care and returning home.

May 17, 2013 2013 - 05 - 18 - LHINfo Minute - Trillium Villa’s convalescent-care program - part 1.pdf

It has been a trying two and a half months, but Gena Olsen will soon be returning home after Trillium Villa’s convalescent-care program helped her regain her mobility.

May 10, 2013 2013 - 05 - 10 - ESC LHIN Working for Patients: A Game-Changing Announcement

When only 5% of our residents use more than 50% of our health care resources, it's vital that the Erie St. Clair LHIN (ESC LHIN) and our funded health service providers find creative ways to improve the delivery of care.

May 10, 2013 2013 - 05 - 08 - LHINfo Minute - Ways you can engage with the ESC LHIN - Part 2.pdf

Erie St. Clair LHIN (ESC LHIN) Open Board Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of selected months. The public, media, and health service providers are invited to attend the meetings and hear the latest health care developments in Erie St. Clair.

May 03, 2013 2013 - 05 - 03 - LHINfo Minute - Ways you can engage with the ESC LHIN - Part 1.pdf

Over the past few years, the Erie St. Clair LHIN (ESC LHIN) has been working hard to ensure that the public, health service providers, and other key stakeholders are able to provide input and engage with the ESC LHIN...

Feb 08, 2013 2013 - 02 - 08 - LHINfo Minute - ESC LHIN Announces IHSP 3.pdf

“We’ve seen a lot of changes over the past six years. LHINs have established themselves as the planners, managers, and funders of local health care, and this latest refresh of our Integrated Health Service Planning document provides strong focus for achieving measurable improvements. The IHSP 3 directly reflects our goal to create better care, better experiences, and better value for everyone.” - Gary Switzer, CEO, Erie St. Clair LHIN

Dec 21, 2012 2012 - 12 - 21 - LHINfo Minute - Excellent Care for All Act - Understanding Hospital Quality - final.pdf

Hospitals have always been leaders in quality. The act is a key tool to help bring consistent quality across all hospitals and thereby provide a solid foundation for improving patient care.

Dec 17, 2012 2012 - 12 - 17 - LHINfo Minute - New Open Board Meeting Material Process - final.pdf

At the November 27, 2012, Erie St. Clair (ESC) LHIN Open Board Meeting, the Board passed a motion to change how, and when, their meeting material is to be shared.

Dec 11, 2012 2012 - 12 - 11 - LHINfo Minute - Excellent Care For All Act - New Role for Boards - Final v5.pdf

Everyone involved in health care is expected to become more accountable. As a result, boards are quickly realizing the growing responsibility being placed upon them.

Nov 12, 2012 2012 - 11 - 08 - Behavioural Supports in Ontario Special Update Part 2 - Angels Among Us

Behavioural Supports in Ontario Special Update Part 2 – Angels Among Us The Behavioural Supports in Ontario (BSO) Project is a $40 million dollar provincial investment addressing the needs of older adults with responsive behaviours due to mental health, addictions,

Nov 07, 2012 2012 - 11 - 07 - Behavioural Supports in Ontario Special Update - Part 1

Behavioural Supports in Ontario Special Update. Part 1 – Helping seniors and their families. Locally, Erie St. Clair has received $2.4 Million dollars towards helping us address the three pillars of the provincial strategy:

Nov 02, 2012 2012 - 11 - 02 - LHINfo Minute - Excellent Care For All Act - Overview - Final

In 2010, the province of Ontario introduced the Excellent Care For All Act with the goal of: improving the quality and value of the patient experience through the application of evidence-based health care.

Oct 12, 2012 2012 - 10 - 11 - Patent-based funding - part 2 - LHINfo Minute.pdf

In part 1 of this series we looked at how Patient-Based Funding is essential for executing the province of Ontario’s commitment to ensuring that patients get the right care, at the right place, at the right time. In this article we’ll examine the components of the new funding model, how they work, and how they impact care.

Sep 26, 2012 2012 - 09 - 26 - PATIENT-BASED FUNDING - Part 1 - LHINfo Minute.pdf

The province of Ontario is committed to ensuring that patients get the right care, at the right place, at the right time. This commitment is backed by one of the largest changes to the health care system since the creation of the LHINs. Through the Patient-Based Funding model, launched in 2012, Ontarians are seeing a shift in the way health care dollars are being spent for services.

Aug 24, 2012 2012 - 08 - 17 - LHINFo Minute - New Long-Term Care Bed Construction Is Building Options for Seniors and Their Families - final.pdf

In Sarnia/Lambton, the concrete is poured, the walls are going up, and every day is one step closer to when the paint can cover the drywall. This excellent news highlights the positive construction progress being made at both the Fiddick’s and Vision Nursing Homes.

Aug 02, 2012 2012 - 08 - 02 - ONTARIO’S SENIORS CARE STRATEGY - LHINfo Minute

Ontario is moving forward in developing its Seniors Care Strategy, which will help older Ontarians (age 65 and older) stay healthy, live at home longer and receive the right care, at the right time and in the right place. To support the development of this strategy, Dr. Samir Sinha, Expert Lead, Seniors Care Strategy, is asking all Ontarians, but especially older Ontarians, their families and caregivers, and health and social care professionals for their input.

Jul 11, 2012 2012 - 07 - 11 - LHINfo Minute - NEW ESC LHIN STRATEGIC PLAN STRIVES TO MAKE LOCAL HEALTH CARE BETTER.pdf

Over the past several years, the Erie St. Clair LHIN (ESC LHIN) has been actively addressing ways to reduce and eliminate these gaps through a tactical document known as the Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP). While we are having great success aligning services through our IHSP, we have added a new tool to our tool box – our strategic plan.

May 03, 2012 2012 - 05 - 03 - New Mental Health Strategic Plan Looks to Create a Supportive Community - LHINfo Minute
From patient stories of success to new programs and tools available, over the past few months you have read a number of mental health initiatives currently underway at the Erie St. Clair LHIN. While each of these steps have proven to be invaluable for improving the lives of those in our communities, it is the Erie St. Clair LHIN’s role to look at the system as a whole to ensure that it is moving towards providing better care, experiences, and value.
Apr 20, 2012 2012 - 04 - 19 - New Resource Helps People Access Windsor-Essex Walk-In Counselling Clinics - LHINfo Minute

Last year, more people experienced a mental disorder than any other illness - more than stroke, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and epilepsy combined. In an effort to help prevent Emergency Department visits, revisits, and to reduce our hospital admission rates, the Community Counselling Alliance (CCA) has launched a new tool for residents of Windsor and Essex County.

Apr 16, 2012 2012 - 04 - 16 - THE TOP 5 QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT LONG-TERM CARE - LHINfo Minute
When choosing long-term care (LTC), there are many decisions that need to be made. The first step to making an informed decision is to learn about your options for care.
Mar 29, 2012 2012 - 03 - 29 - Health Care for Pelee Island: A Successful Community and LHIN Partnership

In the summer of 2011, the residents of Pelee Island faced reduced access to their Nursing Station. This change would have a significant impact on their access to primary, urgent, and emergency care.

Mar 22, 2012 2012 - 03 - 22 - LHIN-wide Early Intervention, First Episode Psychosis Program - LHINfo Minute.pdf

There are a fortunate few Ontarians whose only ever connection to mental health issues will be through watching movies. But for the vast majority, mental health issues are a reality and for 1 in 5 people, it’s a daily challenge.

Mar 22, 2012 2012 - 03 - 22 - LHIN-wide Early Intervention, First Episode Psychosis Program

There are a fortunate few Ontarians whose only ever connection to mental health issues will be through watching movies. But for the vast majority, mental health issues are a reality and for 1 in 5 people, it’s a daily challenge. 

Mar 01, 2012 2012 - 03 - 01 - Mental Health - Behavioural Supports in Ontario.pdf

The Erie St. Clair LHIN (ESC LHIN) has created a Responsive Behaviours Action Plan which includes the development of 39 new jobs to provide clinical interventions for older adults.

Feb 16, 2012 2012 - 02 - 16 - LHINfo Minute - Mental Health Care in Erie St. Clair

Approximately one in five Ontarians will experience a mental health and/or addiction problem during their life. Unlike an obvious physical impairment, mental health strikes at a level that is less tangible, but equally as impactful.

Feb 01, 2012 2012 - 02 - 01 - LHINfo - Getting Better and Going Home
With high ALC rates impacting patient flow at Windsor hospitals, finding better ways to care for seniors while achieving immediate system pressure relief, continues to be a challenge.
Jan 17, 2012 2012 - 01 - 17 - LHINfo Minute - Assess and Restore.pdf

“We want to live at home” – that is the message that seniors across Erie St. Clair (ESC) have repeatedly told the ESC LHIN; and we’re listening...

Aug 10, 2011 2011 - 08 - 10 - LHINfo Minute - GEM Nurses Advocating Patients Rights and Improving Care

When Helen, an 88 year-old resident of a local long-term care home, was brought to Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital (HDHG) she had become agitated, aggressive, was refusing her medications...

Jul 29, 2011 2011 - 07 - 27 - LHINfo Minute - Husband and Wife Actively Age - Togther

Regina, a client of the Windsor Essex Community Health Centre, struggled with her weight and high blood pressure. On the advice of her primary care provider she joined the centre’s Active Aging and Health Management Program and began participating in their exercise classes.

Jul 20, 2011 2011 - 07 - 13 - LHINfo Minute - COMMUNITY AND LHIN COME TOGETHER TO KEEP ED OPEN.pdf

When Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital (CEEH) in Petrolia was having issues staffing its 24/7 rural Emergency Department (ED), the local physicians proposed a reduction in service hours to relieve the pressure and burnout they were facing.

Jun 30, 2011 2011 - 06 - 29 - CARE GIVERS GET RELIEF FROM LAMBTON ELDERLY OUTREACH - LHINfo Minute.pdf

Sharon Bidtnes is one of 1,500 clients that LEO serves. Sharon’s life changed when she fell victim to a stroke in 1994. The stroke had left her unable to walk and she only regained her ability to talk after countless therapy sessions.

Jun 16, 2011 2011 - 06 - 15 - LHINfo Minute - Nurse-Led Outreach Team Cares For Seniors.pdf

Worried about a resident’s change in behavior with the onset of confusion and lethargy, staff of a nursing home prepared to send Bob to the hospital. After assessment by the Nurse Led Outreach Team from Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital, Bob was diagnosed and treated for a urinary tract infection.

Jun 03, 2011 2011 - 06 - 01 - COMPASSIONATE END-OF-LIFE CARE AT HOME - LHINfo Minute.pdf
Fred, a middle aged man from Chatham with a debilitating chronic disease, had expressed an interest
to die at home.
Mar 30, 2011 2011 - 03 - 29 - RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM A SUCCESS - LHINfo Minute.pdf

Gerald and Rose are senior citizens and have been managing a number of health conditions. Several years ago, Rose was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and also received a knee operation.  Her recovery was not completely successful and after managing significant pain and trouble walking, she recently underwent full knee replacement surgery.

Mar 28, 2011 2011 - 02 - 23 - First Link program connects clients earlier with supports - LHINfo Minute.pdf

For patients and their families learning for the first time of a Dementia diagnosis, support with understanding the disease and how to cope with its effects is an important first step.

Mar 28, 2011 2011 - 02 - 09 - LHINs to release Community Engagement Guidelines - LHINfo Minute.pdf

With the creation of LHINs, the provincial government recognized Community Engagement as a key responsibility in administering health care for the 14 regions established across Ontario.

Mar 28, 2011 2011 - 01 - 11 - A Year in Review - LHINfo Minute.pdf

Looking back on progress made in 2010, the Erie St. Clair LHIN has made significant improvements to local heath care for the benefit of families living in Chatham-Kent, Sarnia/Lambton, and Windsor/Essex.

Mar 28, 2011 2010 - 12 - 01 - Dementia Awareness - LHINfo Minute.pdf

Those who work directly with or care for someone who has dementia understands the special care required in dealing with this difficult condition. However, dementia awareness is something that benefits the entire community.

Mar 28, 2011 2010 - 10 - 27 - AMERHERSTURG COMMUNITY SERVICES - LHINfo Minute.pdf

Meals on Wheels and Friendly Security Checks are two amongst many community support services that are provided by Amherstburg Community Services (ACS).

Mar 28, 2011 2010 - 11 - 16 - Homeward Bound Program - LHINfo Minute.pdf

Seniors in Sarnia are getting a lift home and more, through the help of the Homeward Bound Program run by the Canadian Red Cross, Sarnia-Lambton Branch.

Mar 28, 2011 2010 - 10 - 13 - NEW TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM - LHINfo Minute .pdf

Travelling to regular dialysis appointments at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital has just become easier for people living in Chatham-Kent and Essex County.

Mar 28, 2011 2010 - 09 - 13 - Falls prevention and rehab program - LHINfo Minute.pdf

Preventing seniors from experiencing a fall and providing greater options for community-based rehabilitation are the goals of the new services recently funded at the Chatham-Kent Community Health Centre (CK CHC).

Mar 28, 2011 2010 - 06 - 28 - Primary Health Care Task Group - LHINfo Minute.pdf

The inaugural meeting of the Primary Health Care Task Group – Steering Committee, was held on June 24, 2010.

Mar 28, 2011 2010 - 07 - 28 - New Funding to be announced to improve wait times - LHINfo Minute.pdf

Ontario is providing the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (ESC LHIN) with $4.4M for meeting specific emergency room (ER) wait time reduction targets.

Mar 28, 2011 2010 - 06 - 22 - Caring Culture supportive housing helps seniors - LHINfo Minute.pdf

Residents of Wiidsemshin Assisted Living Facility on Kettle and Stony Point First Nation are receiving care from a team of health care professionals, most of whom are from within their own First Nations community and share their same culture and values.

Mar 28, 2011 2010 - 08 - 03 - New program at LDMH to improve care for elderly - LHINfo Minute.pdf

Leamington District Memorial Hospital (LDMH) will be unveiling a new program on August 4, 2010, to improve the care delivered to frail elderly patients and reducing Alternate Level of Care (“ALC”) rates.

Mar 28, 2011 2010 - 06 - 14 - Protecting seniors from elder abuse - LHINfo Minute.pdf

As communities across the globe observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15, local seniors continue to be the prayed upon in Windsor/Essex.

Mar 28, 2011 2010 - 06 - 07 - Seniors are safe and sound - LHINfo Minute.pdf

Helping isolated seniors who are at risk is the goal of the VON Friendly Visiting and Security Checks programs. Funded by the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (ESC LHIN), through the Aging at Home Strategy, this program features new and expanded services geared towards providing companionship, either in-person or through a friendly phone call, to lonely or isolated seniors, or people with a disability.

Mar 28, 2011 2010 - 05 - 31 - Web site more accessible - LHINfo Minute.pdf

Although the Internet is typically viewed on screen, a new feature on the Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network (ESC LHIN) web site will have your computer reading the latest in local health care news to you.

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2013 - 06 - 12 - 90-second LHINfo – Improving Care on Pelee Island

90 second LHINfo – Improving Care on Pelee Island Sandra Lariviere, Health System Design Manager, Erie St. Clair LHIN, provides a quick update to the on going success story regarding access to care on Pelee Island. Over the past few

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