South East LHIN Joins all Other LHINs in Welcoming and Appreciating Opportunity for Improvement  

Recently, the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario released the 2015 Annual Report including a value-for money audit of Ontario’s LHINs – with a focus of ensuring that LHIN systems and procedures are facilitating the provision of the right care at the right time and in the right place for all Ontarians. 

The LHINs were established to plan, fund and integrate local health care, improving access and patient experience while engaging with communities.  Since 2007, the LHINs have fully assumed this role over six (6) health sectors:  community support services, community mental health and addictions programs, community health centres, hospitals, Long-Term Care homes, and Community Care Access Centres. 

The Report includes a number of recommendations for all LHINs.  The South East LHIN joins all other LHINs in welcoming and appreciating the recommendations in the Auditor Generals’ Report which will help us to achieve our shared purpose and passion for improving the patient experience, and health care outcomes. We are eager to continue our work with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to implement these recommendations. 

The solutions that are developed in response to the recommendations will continue to strengthen performance and quality both locally and across the province, and will sharpen our shared focus on leading change to improve the patient experience and health care outcomes.   Work on these recommendations is already underway across the LHINs, and much of our existing work in the South East is already resulting in progress towards many of the recommendations included in the report, which can be found on the Auditor General’s website at: http://www.auditor.on.ca/en/reports_en.htm

The South East LHIN, in partnership with all other LHINs, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, health service providers and other local and provincial stakeholders, looks forward to building on our progress to date as we move forward to achieve an integrated health system that will serve all Ontarians well, both today and into the future.

Paul Huras
CEO, South East Local Health Integration Network