North Simcoe Muskoka LHIN Annual Care Connections Forum 2016

This year's Forum was once again a great success! The LHIN would like to thank everyone who attended for your active participation and in addition, your generous donations to our local food banks. 

NSM forum 2016 attendees

Thank you to those who have taken the time to provide feedback.  If you attended the May 11th Forum and haven’t yet shared your thoughts with us yet, your input would be most appreciated.  It helps us plan future events.

Agenda and Presentations:

 8:30 - 8:40   Welcome/ Opening Remarks – Jill Tettmann CEO, NSM LHIN
 8:40 - 9:00  Blessing Ceremony
 9:00 - 9:15  Working Hand in Hand – Dan’s Story
 9:15 - 9:25  Table Discussion
 9:25 - 10:25  "Bringing Care Home" - Keynote Speaker Gail Donner
  BREAK 10:25 - 10:45 
 10:45 - 12:00  Panel Discussion on system changes and putting patients first
Facilitator: Peter MacLeod Mass LBP
Participants: Gail Donner, Lee Fairclough Health Quality Ontario, Dr. Rebecca Van Iersel, Dr. Chuck Gardner 
 LUNCH 12:00 - 13:00
 13:00 - 14:30   

Breakout Sessions:

  BREAK 14:30 - 15:00
 15:00 - 16:00  Where does patients’ choice and patients’ rights fit with Patients First? - Maria McDonald
 16:00 - 16:15  Table Discussion
 16:15 - 16:30  Wrap Up and Adjournment – Bob Morton, NSM Board Chair

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Peter MacLeod Principle and Founder, MASS LBP

Peter MacLeod is the co-founder and principal of MASS, and one of Canada's leading experts in public engagement and deliberative democracy. Under his leadership, MASS has led some of Canada's most original and ambitious efforts to engage citizens in tackling tough policy options while pioneering the use of Civic Lotteries and Citizen Reference Panels on behalf of a wide array of clients. More about Peter

Gail J Donner BscN, PhD, Chair, Expert Group on Home and Community Care, Professor Emerita, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University  of Toronto.

In 2012 Gail chaired the Long-Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety that developed an action plan to prevent abuse and neglect in long-term care homes in Ontario.  Currently she is Chair of the Expert Group on Home and Community Care, appointed by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to provide advice to the Minister on how to achieve the Ministry’s vision of  patient-centered, integrated, accountable  home and community programs and services that provide value to both patients and taxpayers. More about Gail

Dr. Charles Gardner

Dr. Charles Gardner, MD, CCFP, MHSc, FRCPC, Medical Officer of Health, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit

Dr. Gardner has been the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit since 2005, after having served as MOH with the Leeds, Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit for seven years. Prior to that, he worked in general medical practice for four years in communities in Newfoundland and New Brunswick, and a year in Zimbabwe. More about Charles

 Lee Fairclough Health Quality Ontario  

Lee Fairclough, Vice President, Quality Improvement, Health Quality Ontario

Lee is the former Vice President of Strategy, Knowledge Management & Delivery at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, a national organization responsible for improving cancer control in Canada, after initially joining their executive team to establish the newly created organization. More about Lee

Rebecca Van Iersel 
Dr. Rebecca Van Iersel
, MD, CCFP, NSM LHIN Physician Lead, Clinical Planning & System Integration

Dr. Van Iersel is a family physician in Orillia with a keen interest in health system improvement leading to improved care for area residents.  She has been an active participant in the Improving and Driving Excellence Across Sectors (IDEAS) province-wide initiative. More about Rebecca

Maria Macdonald

Maria McDonald
, BComm, JD, MHSc (Bioethics), Consultant in Bioethics and Health Law

Maria McDonald works as an independent consultant in bioethics, privacy and health law.  Previously, she worked as the Bioethicist at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital from 2007 to 2013, and as the Privacy Officer from 2010 to 2013.  She has over 16 years of experience as a member of Research Ethics Boards in the Toronto area. More about Maria