North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN Welcomes Clinical Leads

October 20, 2017

The North Simcoe Muskoka Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is pleased to announce the appointment of Clinical Leads:


 Clinician    Sub-Region 
 Dr. Monica Wolnik   Barrie and Area 
Dr. Kim McIntosh    Couchiching 
 Dr. David Mathies   Muskoka
 Dr. Herman Jilesen   North Simcoe
 Dr. Harry O'Halloran   South Georgian Bay


As respected practicing physicians within their communities, the part-time Clinical Leads will contribute their evidence-based clinical expertise and their experience serving patients to champion high-quality and safe care in their respective regions, reflecting local patient and health care provider priorities.

Under the guidance of Dr. Rebecca Van Iersel, the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN’s Vice- President Clinical, and with the support of other LHIN Clinical Leads, LHIN staff, and partners, the Leads will support the design and implementation of the LHIN’s primary care strategy. They will work closely with primary care providers, inter-professional teams, and health care administrators to assist in developing a more integrated network of care within their community, including primary care, public health, home and community care, mental health and addictions, long-term care, and acute care.

“Each of the five Clinical Leads understands the unique issues, priorities, and health care needs of their communities,” says Jill Tettmann, Chief Executive Officer of the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN. “I am confident they will bring their experience and perspective to build a culture in their communities where patients, families, and caregivers have a voice and the community remains at the heart of discussions and decisions.”

The leads were hired through a community based selection process, with an interview panel made up of representatives from across the health care sector in each local community.To lead our medical system towards culturally safe care, representatives from the Aboriginal Health Circle participated in the interviewing process and questions were created with the input of the Francophone and Indigenous communities.

All five Clinical Leads will start their work with the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN immediately.

Quick Facts: 

  • In addition to the Clinical Leads, the North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN Clinical Team 
    includes an Emergency Department Physician Lead, Dr. Kylie Bosman, and a 
    Critical Care Physician Lead, Dr. Adarsh Tailor. 
  • The North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN also works closely with a Regional Specialized 
    Geriatric Physician Lead, Dr. Kevin Young, and a Palliative Care Physician Lead, 
    Dr. Deb Harrold. 
  • Sub-regions are localized geographies that allow LHINs to better plan, integrate, 
    and improve the performance of local health services. They also help the LHIN to 
    identify and understand the diverse population needs. 
  • LHIN boundaries and sub-region boundaries are for planning purposes only. 
    They do not restrict how residents of North Simcoe Muskoka make their health 
    care decisions. 

    For more information, contact:

    Jessica Dolan 
    Communications and Social Media Associate 
    North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN 
    705-326-7750 ext. 3243