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Integrated Health Care group advances health system transformation

Chris Marchand

Chris Marchand served as editor of the Dryden Observer from August 2009 to April 2018.
Kevin Queen and Wade Petranik, each co’chair of the Dryden Integrated Health Care Organization Working Group sign a charter which will guide their efforts to better integrate health care services in the Dryden area. Photo submitted


The Dryden Integrated Health Care Organization Working Group (DIHCO) remains committed to exploring opportunities to improve the delivery of care so that people living in Dryden and the surrounding area have better access to more coordinated care.

Over the past three months, senior staff and Board Members from 12 participating LHIN-funded agencies and organizations have focussed on examining the current state of services with a focus on acknowledging strengths, identifying gaps and gaining an understanding of the client experience navigating the current health system.

“We’re excited about the opportunity for change,” said Wade Petranik, Co-Chair of the DIHCO. “Transitions in care and how people access services are sometimes cumbersome, confusing and frustrating. We need to better coordinate care and take advantage of opportunities to minimize travel so that people can get the care they need in a timely and effective manner.”

Kevin Queen, Co-Chair of the DIHCO stated, “Exploring opportunities and creating a new vision for the way we provide care includes recognizing and placing value on the services that help people live well in their own homes for as long as possible. We’ve had encouraging and exciting discussions about what a transformed, well-coordinated system may look like.”

The DIHCO has created momentum to move forward with integration opportunities, keeping people and the services they need at the centre of its discussions and planning. Members of the Working Group have formally signed a Terms of Reference, and Phase 1 Rural Health Hub Initiative: Team Charter and Work Plan that will further guide their work in establishing a vision for better integrated and coordinated care and advance the North West Local Health Integration Network’s Health Services Blueprint and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Patients First initiatives.

“The progress made so far is very encouraging,” said Brian Ktytor, Acting Chief Operating Officer with the North West Local Health Integration Network. “The commitment made by the Working Group to advance the North West LHIN Health Services Blueprint and to explore transformational change in the organization and delivery of healthcare services will help improve the health and well-being of the people living in Dryden and area.” “The courageous leadership the members of the Working Group are demonstrating will help sustain an accessible, high quality healthcare system for generations to come,” added Ktytor.

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