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Apr 1, 2014Hospice Beds Coming to South Georgian Bay
The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN) is pleased to announce an investment of $540,000 in the new 6-bed Campbell House Palliative Care Residence operated by Hospice Georgian Triangle. 
 
Mar 5, 2014OSMH ED Ranked 4th in Province
For the second year in a row, OSMH ED has established itself as one of the top performers in the province. 
 
Feb 25, 20142013 NSM Year in Review
Below are just some of the exciting initiatives and accomplishments that happened in 2013...
 
Jan 21, 2014Ontario Expanding Community Role for Paramedics
Ontario is supporting the expansion of community paramedicine programs to improve access to home care and community support services for seniors and other patients with chronic conditions. 
 
Jan 6, 2014Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Appoints New CEO
The Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Guy Chartrand to the position of President and CEO, effective April 1, 2014.  
 
Nov 25, 2013NSM LHIN Helping Seniors Get Care in the Community
Seniors and residents in North Simcoe Muskoka are receiving better access to home care and community supports to help them live independently and at home longer.
 
Nov 25, 2013Delivering Better Care for High-Need Patients in North Simcoe Muskoka
High-need patients in North Simcoe Muskoka will soon benefit from better coordinated care from three new Health Links that will bring together all health providers in the community. 
 
Nov 5, 2013Collingwood Hospital Accredited with Commendation
The Collingwood General & Marine Hospital is extremely pleased to announce its rating from Accreditation Canada – Accredited with Commendation. The award of Accredited with Commendation is the second highest award and indicates the G&M has exceeded the average level of standards met.
 
Oct 8, 2013More After- Hours Support for Dementia Caregivers
The Alzheimer Society of Ontario and the Ontario Dementia Network are working with Telehealth Ontario to help family caregivers prevent crises when regular services are closed. Funded by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Telehealth Ontario resources have been reviewed and strengthened specifically to support family caregivers of persons with dementia. 
 
Aug 8, 2013Telemedicine in Midland Enhances People’s Experience with Cancer Treatment
The Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre (CSC CHIGAMIK CHC) is using the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN) to increase access to oncologists for North Simcoe Muskoka (NSM) community members diagnosed with cancer.
 
Jul 24, 2013NSM Physician Leads Assist in Implementing Better Access to Care
In keeping with the 10 year Care Connections - Partnering for Healthy Communities integrated health system plan, and the provincial Emergency Department Strategy, Critical Care Strategy, and Primary Care Strategy, the North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN) is announcing the appointments of physician leads.
 
Jul 22, 2013Seniors Continue to Benefit From Exercise and Falls Prevention Classes in NSM
Seniors in North Simcoe Muskoka will continue to have access to combined exercise and falls prevention classes beginning August 1, 2013. In addition, beginning in the fall of 2013, new classes will be made available to North Simcoe Muskoka seniors who previously may not have had access to a class in their particular community.
 
Jun 15, 2013Understanding Transportation Needs for Community Based Simcoe Services
The County of Simcoe is inviting residents to provide feedback on Simcoe-Muskoka’s current transportation system and its impact on accessing community-based services throughout our region.   To learn more and rea how to access the survey link, please click here.
 
May 13, 2013Improving Health Care in Midland
Ontario is helping Georgian Bay General Hospital make upgrades to improve health services for local residents. The province is supporting renovations that will increase capacity of the hospital’s emergency department, add a four-bay ambulance garage and renovate space to marry the old with the new 6,000 square foot addition.
 
Apr 5, 2013New Investment for CHIGAMIK CHC
The Centre de santé communautaire CHIGAMIK Community Health Centre (CSC CHIGAMIK CHC) is pleased that the provincial government will invest $3.368 million in capital funding. 
 
Apr 4, 2013New Investment in South Georgian Bay CHC
Today’s announcement is that the provincial government will invest $6,107,900 towards building a permanent facility for the South Georgian Bay Community Health Centre in Wasaga Beach. 
 
Jul 4, 2012NSM LHIN Says Farewell to CEO
North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network Board Chair Robert Morton today announced the resignation of Bernie Blais as Chief Executive Officer effective August 31, 2012.
 
May 29, 2012NSM Seniors Benefit from Ground Breaking Provincial Project
Seniors living in North Simcoe Muskoka are starting to see changes in how care is provided in long-term care homes, hospitals and the community.  Through the Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO) Project new services, programs and training are now being introduced to provide appropriate care and support for an increasing number of seniors across Ontario and their families and caregivers, who live and cope with dementia, mental illness and/or other neurological conditions.  
 
Apr 20, 2012Waypoint, GBGH partner for new accessible site for Outpatient Services
Waypoint’s Outpatient Services Program will soon be on the move to a one-floor, fully accessible building located on the grounds of the Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) Midland site. The move to the empty building formerly used by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit allows Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care (Waypoint) to realize a long standing dream of an accessible location for clients .
 
Feb 3, 2012Local Family Physician Joins LHIN Team
The North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN today took another major step in strengthening and further integrating primary care into local health planning by naming Dr. Harry O’Halloran as the Primary Care Lead for the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN.  
 
Jan 30, 2012Ontario’s Action Plan To Transform Health Care
Ontario is launching an Action Plan to transform the health care system and deal with the demographic challenges as well as the province’s deficit. 
 
Jan 17, 2012Health System Integration Fund
Health System Integration Fund (HSIF) Letters of Intent are being invited to indicate interest and readiness to develop a multi year proposal to implement a health service integration project beginning in 2012 13 and ending in March 2015. Eligible recipients
 
Mar 24, 2011Collingwood General & Marine Hospital Increasing Dialysis Service
The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network is pleased to announce increased dialysis funding to the North Simcoe Muskoka Regional Kidney Care Program (NSM-RKCP) for Collingwood General and Marine Hospital (CGMH). 
 
Feb 8, 2011NSM Hospitals' ERs Continuing to Improve
Ontario is improving patient care at a majority of North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN hospitals by lowering ER wait times.  Through the Pay-for-Results program, the province is ensuring that more patients are admitted or discharged within the provincial wait time targets and helping hospitals reduce the total time patients spend in the ER.  
 
Jan 12, 2011Improving Rural and Northern Health Care
Ontarians are being asked to provide their feedback on how to provide the best access to quality health care services in rural and northern areas of the province. 
 
Jan 5, 2011Ontario Appoints Supervisor for Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital
Ontario has appointed Ken Deane as supervisor for Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital (HDGH).  Ken Deane will draw on his extensive health care policy and administrative experience to implement the governance and management recommendations for HDGH, outlined in the Report of the Investigators of Surgical and Pathology Issues at Three Essex County Hospitals.  
 
Dec 17, 2010Rural and Northern Health Care Panel Report
The Rural and Northern Health Care Panel has submitted its report to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. The report contains 12 recommendations for the ministry to consider in developing a rural and northern health care framework.
 
Dec 15, 2010Ensuring Active Role For Francophones In Health Services
Ontario is setting up a new French language health planning entity to ensure the needs of local francophones are reflected in health planning.  The Entité de planification pour les services de santé en français #4 Centre Sud-Ouest will be working with the area Local Health Integration Network to provide guidance on ... 
 
Dec 15, 2010French Language Health Services Fact Sheet
LHINs will engage the French language health planning entities on francophone health issues.
 
Dec 13, 2010PIP is the ‘seed’ for positive change at GBGH
Georgian Bay General Hospital (GBGH) is one of 15 hospitals participating in Ontario’s Emergency Department Process Improvement Program (PIP) and is number one when it comes to less urgent wait times!
 
Dec 13, 2010Local doctor named president of the Ontario College of Family Physicians
Dr. Anne DuVall, one of Royal Victoria Hospital’s most dedicated family physicians has been named the newest President of the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP). Her presidency was announced at the annual Scientific Assembly held November 25th at the Toronto Metropolitan Hotel. DuVall, who has had a family practice in Barrie for the past 24 years, is the 55th president of the OCFP and will hold her title for the 2010 - 2011 fiscal year.
 
Dec 13, 2010Doorways Swings Open Today
Today, Community Care Information Management (CCIM), in partnership with the Sault Area Hospital (SAH), four Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) – Champlain, North East (NE), North Simcoe Muskoka (NSM), and North West (NW) – and eHealth Ontario, have completed the launch of the Integrated Assessment Record (IAR) health provider portal - Doorways.
 
Nov 25, 2010Health Minister Deb Matthews Celebrates Innovation with NSM LHIN
Minister of Health and Long Term Care Deb Matthews, today joined over 350 people in celebrating the over 20,000 person-hours of workshops and meetings that have resulted in an Integrated Health System Design for the North Simcoe Muskoka (NSM) LHIN.
 
Nov 23, 2010Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare Receives $4.5M Increase in Base Funding
The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network today announced that Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare (MAHC) will be receiving a $4.5 million increase in their operational base funding beginning fiscal year 2010-2011.
 
Nov 22, 2010Georgian Bay General Proud Flag Waver
Georgian Bay General Hospital has been sporting the ‘green and white’ since September 24; that’s the day the Franco-Ontarian flag was raised at both sites of the hospital.
 
Nov 22, 2010MHCP - Preferred Proponent Selected
Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene (MHCP) and Infrastructure Ontario announced today that Integrated Team Solutions (ITS) is the preferred proponent selected to design, build, finance and maintain a new, state-of-the-art forensic mental health facility. Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene and Infrastructure Ontario are in the process of negotiating with ITS, a final contract which will be entered into by MHCP and ITS.
 
Nov 12, 2010New Executive Vice-President for MHCP Clinical Services
Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene's new clinical executive Vice President brings a solid combination of senior hospital and community leadership, mental health and quality performance.
 
Nov 11, 2010Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene Wins Innovation Award!
Mental Health Centre Penetanguishene has been recognized for their innovative program entitled “Tips and Tricks to Improve Your Metabolic Health”.  This initiative is making a difference for those who suffer from serious mental illness.
 
Nov 11, 2010Innovation Winners
Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo 2010 showcased some of the leading initiatives driving renewal of Ontario’s health care system. The Expo presents an opportunity to share knowledge and generate the potential for new approaches to improve health care delivery for Ontario.
 
Nov 3, 2010Celebrating Innovations In Health Care Expo 2010 Finalists
Celebrating Innovations in Health Care Expo 2010 showcases some of the leading initiatives driving innovation in Ontario’s health care system and presents an opportunity for health care workers to share knowledge and generate ideas for new approaches to improve health care delivery.
 
Oct 20, 2010Raising The Bar For Accountability And Transparency
Ontario is proposing strict new rules that would prevent organizations funded with taxpayer dollars from using public funds to hire external lobbyists to ask for more funding.
 
Oct 20, 2010Raising The Bar For Accountability And Transparency Backgrounders
In addition to ending the use of taxpayer dollars to hire lobbyists, the new rules would expand Freedom of Information legislation to cover hospitals, require hospitals and LHINs to post expenses of senior executives online and require hospitals and LHINs to report annually on their use of consultants.
 
Jun 17, 2010Ontario On Target for Surgical Wait Times
Ontario has achieved a major milestone in its efforts to reduce wait times. The latest data show provincial wait times for all surgical areas in the province are within target...
 
Jun 17, 2010Ontario's Wait Time Strategy
Ontario now reports wait time information in more ways and more frequently than any other province in Canada. Ontario is now reporting wait times for all surgical areas at hospitals across the province.
 
May 28, 2010Orillia Soldiers' Memorial Improves ER Wait Times
Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital (OSMH) is being recognized for significantly reducing emergency room wait times and improving patient care in its emergency room (ER).  Soldier’s Memorial Hospital has reduced wait times by ....
 
May 27, 2010Four LHINs Partner on Mental Health and Addictions Pilot Project
Four of Ontario’s fourteen LHINs are working together with Ontario’s Community Care Information Management (CCIM) leads to establish a portal for service providers to securely share and access accurate health information electronically.   
 
May 26, 2010Electronic Hospital Reports Improving Patient Care in Barrie
Barrie’s Royal Victoria Hospital (RVH) is now electronically sending 2,500 patient reports per week to physicians at the Barrie and Community Family Health Team (BCFHT). The reports are sent directly into the patient’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) at the BCFHT.
 
May 3, 2010Improving Health Care for Ontarians
Ontario is proposing comprehensive new initiatives to improve the quality and accountability of the province's health care system and ensure the needs of patients come first.
 
May 3, 2010Patient-Based Payment for Hospitals
Ontario will continue moving larger hospitals towards a patient-based funding payment model where hospitals are reimbursed based on the types and volumes of patients they treat.
 
May 3, 2010Proposed Excellent Care for All Act
Ontario is introducing the proposed Excellent Care for All Act that is intended to make health care providers and executives accountable for improving patient care.  The aim of the legislation is to foster a culture of continuous quality improvement where the needs of patients come first.
 
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