North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN Releases Strategic Plan

Improved access to coordinated care will contribute to a sustainable system

April 5, 2016

The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (NSM LHIN) has released its fourth Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP) – Improved Access. Coordinated Care. Sustainable System.

Developed in partnership with the NSM LHIN Board of Directors, residents and leaders from the local health care system, the IHSP also reflects input from the NSM Patient Caregiver Family Advisory Panel, indigenous and francophone planning partners, physicians as well as broader system partner organizations including public health, housing providers and municipal governments.

The NSM LHIN’s Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP) establishes the direction for the local health system over the next three years. The IHSP aligns the provincial directions identified in the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, along with strategic directions and priority areas for all 14 LHINs, with the needs of the North Simcoe Muskoka population. This plan identifies local strategic priorities and key implementation goals that will guide the work required to deliver on the NSM LHIN’s vision for the local health system: Healthy People. Excellent Care. One System.

NSM LHIN’s three strategic priorities for 2016-2019:

  • Improve access to appropriate care - reflects the importance of ensuring residents have timely access to the best possible care, in the most appropriate setting, in order to optimize their health outcomes.  Getting people out of hospital when they no longer need this level of care is a top priority in accessing appropriate care. This includes improving access to primary care, appropriate use of emergency services, enhanced mental health and addiction services, access to specialty care, and both culturally safe and linguistically appropriate care for NSM’s diverse residents and communities.
  • Build capacity and enhance coordination - underscores the need for coordinated care from providers across the continuum. Included in this priority are actions aimed at improving the care of seniors and those with complex health needs, strengthening palliative care services, and increasing electronic integration between providers.
  • Drive system sustainability - reflects the significant need to promote system sustainability, including accountability for results, return on investment, access to service and efficient use of system resources. This involves enhancing quality and efficiency in acute care, improving quality and safety in long-term care, ensuring transparency in the planning and directing of future investments, and strengthening oversight of existing investments.


“IHSP 16-19 clearly identifies those areas where the LHIN believes the North Simcoe Muskoka health care system needs greater focus and enhancement. We recognize the ever changing landscape for health care but know our three strategic priorities will continue to be applicable no matter what changes are made to the system.”

  • Robert Morton, Chair, North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN Board of Directors

“The IHSP enables LHIN staff and our health service providers to continue moving important initiatives forward that will result in changes to how health care is delivered in North Simcoe Muskoka. I’d like to recognize the contributions of everyone involved in the development of this strategic plan and know the alignment between health service providers and the LHIN will affect positive outcomes for the residents of North Simcoe Muskoka.”

  • Jill Tettmann, CEO, North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN


  • The North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN covers an area of 8,445 square kilometres and is divided into five sub-geographic areas: Barrie and area, Collingwood and area, Midland/Penetanguishene and area, Muskoka, and Orillia and area.
  • North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN is home to a population of 475,700, representing 3.5% of Ontario’s population, and is projected to grow by more than 10% over the next 10 years.
  • North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN holds service accountability agreements with 71 funded health service providers including 6 hospitals and 1 specialty psychiatric hospital; 26 long-term care homes; 1 Community Care Access Centre; 27 community support services; 3 community health centres; and 7 community mental health programs.
  • Approximately 19% of North Simcoe Muskoka’s population is aged 65 and up, one of the highest proportions of seniors in the province.

Please visit Integrated Health Service Plan on the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN website to download a copy of the document and supporting appendices.