September 1, 2010

Dear Northerners,

Well, where to start. I have no doubt that you too have had a busy summer which hopefully included some R and R time at camp and lots of family and friend time! I will try to summarize the highlights of your NE LHIN’s work over the past two months, and please, if you would like more information, feel free to browse our site and enjoy.

From Left to Right: Senior Director Martha Auchinleck; CEO Louise Paquette; and  Interim Chair Peter VaudryIn July, I travelled to the Hudson and James Bay Coast with my Interim Chair Peter Vaudry (right) and Senior Director Martha Auchinleck (left). We participated in the historic signing of resolutions by three hospital boards to create a new Weeneebayko Area Health Authority, known as WAHA. WAHA will hold an accountability agreement with the NE LHIN and will deliver and oversee health care programs and services for approximately 11,500 people living along the Hudson and James Bay coastal communities. This is good news for our most Northerly communities whose health care needs are so great.

From Lerft to Right: Louise Paquette, NE LHIN CEO; Honourable Deb Matthews, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care; and Peter Vaudry, Interim Chair of the NE LHIN

In August, I had the pleasure of accompanying the Premier on his visit of the Hôpital Régional de Sudbury Regional Hospital and later that month visited the Sault Area Hospital with the Honourable Deb Matthews (center), Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

The final days of August brought great news to Northeastern Ontario with the addition of three new nurse practitioner-led clinics, six new family health teams, and $6.1 million dollars in aging at home initiatives to help support the health care needs of seniors in our region and their desire to age in place with home care supports.

Last week, we met once again with our HUBS group, which includes the CEOs and Chairs of our four larger hospitals – Sudbury, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay and Timmins - as well as the North East Community Care Access Centre.  Our two day meeting was extremely productive and we reiterated our collective support for a Home First Strategy to ease the alternate level of care pressures in our hospitals and meet the needs of seniors  who, time and again, have told us they would rather age at home than in a hospital or long-term care bed.

Our engagement sessions over the summer months have been plentiful. We are meeting on a regular basis with our four large hospitals, 22 rural hospitals, 41 long-term care homes, ALC Steering Groups, Aboriginal leaders, Francophone leaders and more. Our website’s community engagement page explains all of our recent activities in detail.

Please stay in touch--wishing you a wonderful Fall…

Your fellow Northerner,

Louise

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