Health Care Leads
Providing Expert Advice to the NE LHIN
The NE LHIN is responsible for many different facets of health care. In order to assist the organization in the decision making required to maintain the region’s health care priorities, the NE LHIN relies on the knowledge, advice and work of Leads. Each Lead is responsible for a particular facet of health care and to support both the NE LHIN and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) in their work. All Leads report directly to the NE LHIN CEO.
Shared critical care policies, protocols and procedures
Username: NE LHIN Critical Care Password: NECriticalCare
Dr. Derek Manchuk – Critical Care Lead
Dr. Derek Manchuk was named Critical Care Lead for the North East LHIN in May 2011.
Dr. Manchuk is currently a Staff Anesthesiologist/Intensivist at Healh Sciences North and has been a lecturer in the Clinical Faculty of Medicine, Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM). He has held medical positions in many Northern communities including Timmins, Marathon, Thunder Bay, and Atikokan.
Since January 2010, Dr. Manchuk has been Chief of Critical Care at Healh Sciences North. In 2010, Dr. Manchuk was named NOSM Family Practice Anesthesia Preceptor of the Year.
As the Critical Care Lead, Dr. Manchuk is responsible for:
- Helping to implement the province’s plan to improve timely access to critical care services.
- Working collaboratively with the Critical Care providers across the NE LHIN, and the NE LHIN CEO, to develop plans on the best use of critical care resources across the region.
- Working collaboratively with the other 13 Critical Care Leads across the province.
- Bringing NE LHIN critical issues to the Critical Care Secretariat which provides strategic direction to the province’s growing critical care system.
Dr. Manchuk’s current priorities as Critical Care Lead include:
- Critical Care Information System – understanding the data to help better manage the NE health care system.
- Surge Planning for Critical Care Units.
- Intensivist Led Level 3 Intensive Care Units.
- Closing the Trauma Gaps in the North East.
- Developing strategies to address the current gaps in emergency specialists' access across the North East.
- Planning for a shared web-link resource of critical care policies and procedures on the NE LHIN website.
- Chronic Ventilation Strategy.
- E-ICU pilot project.
For more information, please contact Dr. Manchuk at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Andrew Caruso – Emergency Department Lead
Dr. Caruso, currently Medical Director of Emergency Medicine at Espanola General Hospital and a former Chief of Staff there, will work with the NE LHIN to continue to champion improvements in emergency service delivery for Northerners. He was named the NE LHIN Emergency Department (ED) lead in April 2012.
From 2002-2006, Dr. Caruso was Medical Director of the Trauma Program at Sudbury Regional Hospital (now Health Sciences North). A 1995 graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Caruso has served since 2004 as an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
As the LHIN’s ED Lead, Dr. Caruso will:
- Work closely with the Ministry’s Wait Times team.
- Consult and participate on the Ontario ED Expert Panel.
- Work with physician leads involved in various emergency department strategies.
- Participate on the ED LHIN Leaders’ Provincial Table.
- Contribute to a provincial analysis of ED data on a quarterly basis.
- Support the ED Strategy and other system improvements.
- Participate in ED human resource planning across the NE LHIN.
- Chair the NE LHIN’s ED Network.
Dr. Caruso has been Medical Director of the CritiCall Program for Northeastern and Northwestern (Northern) Ontario since 2003. Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, CritiCall is a 24-hour-a-day emergency referral service for physicians. It provides medical information to respond to critically ill patient needs, such as the availability of hospital beds.
Dr. Caruso replaced Dr. Christopher Bourdon who completed his term as ED Lead for the NE LHIN.
Dr. Alan McLean - Primary Care Lead
A long-standing family physician in Sault Ste. Marie, Dr. McLean has been selected as the Primary Care Lead for the North East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). He will work closely with the North East LHIN to strengthen and align primary care planning and help build a more accessible system of care for Northerners.
Dr. McLean will continue his responsibilities as Lead Physician for The Superior Family Health Team and Sault Family Health Organization, and Preceptor with the Northern Ontario School of Medicine.
- Dr. McLean also served as the Chief of Staff for the Sault Area Hospital from 2006-2012.
Dr. Boji Varghese - Endocrinologist Lead for Diabetes
Dr. Varghese is a practicing Endocrinologist, based in Sudbury, who has provided diabetes and endocrinology care for patients across the North East for 10 years through his private practice and the Diabetes Program at Health Sciences North. Through the course of his patient-focused work, he has supported and collaborated with nurse practitioners, diabetes nurse educators, dieticians, social workers, pharmacists, and physiotherapists.
Dr. Varghese is equally committed to evidence based practice. He follows Canadian Diabetes’ guidelines in his practice and will work to highlight the changes to the revised guidelines across the region.
- Dr. Varghese is the Medical Director of the Complex Diabetes Program and the Bariatric Program, in Health Sciences North’s Sudbury Outpatient Centre. During his time at the hospital he has developed the inpatient insulin protocol for patients at HSN.
- He is also involved in teaching students from the Northern Ontario Medical School and regularly gives talks to family physicians, nurses and pharmacists throughout the north. In addition, Dr. Varghese has devoted himself to numerous research projects.
Barbara Kiely - Primary Care Lead for Diabetes/Chronic Disease Management
A Nurse Practitioner and Certified Diabetes Educator in Kirkland Lake, Barb Kiely has been involved with diabetes issues in various capacities since 1989. She has played a leadership role in diabetes education, treatment and advocacy as a founding member of her local Canadian Diabetes Association chapter, and with the Northern Diabetes Health Network.
Barb has worked with her local hospital, community agencies such as the Canadian Mental Health Association, Family Health Team, Community Living, the seniors’ Encore Club, First Nations groups, executive of the local chapter of the Registered Nurses I Association of Ontario, the Timiskaming Diabetes Program, and various other community agencies.
Barb is committed to sharing her knowledge, expertise and passion to work on a diabetes strategy made for Northern Ontario.
Barb graduated as a Nurse Practitioner in 2003 from Laurentian University, from which she also obtained a BS in Nursing in 1989.
She has extensive experience in board work with the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Ontario Lung Association, Timiskaming Palliative Care Program, and Victorian Order of Nurses.
Barb has participated in a diabetes medical mission to Nicaragua.