Executive Summary

The Central West Local Health Integration Network’s (LHIN’s) fourth Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP 4) outlines the next phase of the LHIN’s commitment and actions to transform the local health care system into one that meets the complex health care needs of a rapidly growing, aging and culturally diverse population.

A shared strategic document, IHSP 4 outlines how the Central West LHIN intends to plan, fund, integrate and monitor the local health care system for the three-year period April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2019.

Ambitious yet actionable, and flexible in its ability to adapt to the changing needs of the health care environment, IHSP 4 is rooted in the common vision and priorities of Ontario's Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, and common objectives of Ontario’s 14 LHINs. It has also been developed based on an environmental scan of the LHIN, input from community members, client groups and local Health Service Providers (HSPs), and with guidance from the Central West LHIN Board of Directors and staff.

Focused on quality and outcomes, IHSP 4 is built upon four Strategic Directions which, together with their respective Strategic Initiatives and Actions, act as the foundation for a bold but realistic roadmap for the local health care community. Working together, these Directions, Initiatives and Actions establish a comprehensive, focused and disciplined approach toward the attainment of desired outcomes, and reaffirm the Central West LHIN’s commitment to put people and patients at the centre of their local health care system... to improve their health care outcomes and experiences.

To advance the priorities outlined in IHSP 4, the Central West LHIN will continue to focus on partnerships among patients, caregivers, providers, cross-sector partners and the community at large. The LHIN will also monitor and report on its progress to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), and broader community. Through a variety of reports that include the Central West LHIN’s Annual Business Plans (ABPs) and Annual Reports (ARs), local residents, patients and providers will have access to up-to-date information about the performance of their local health care system, and how well the LHIN is progressing with its Strategic Directions.

The Central West LHIN has been a significant driver of healthy change since 2006. Gains that have been achieved, and those it plans to achieve in the future, are based on hard work by Health Service Providers (HSPs), community partners and the LHIN over the past decade. While the local health care system is further ahead today, much work remains to be done – particularly in achieving a genuinely integrated health system. IHSP 4 provides the Central West LHIN with the foundation necessary to meet new challenges and to take a leadership role in the advancement of high-quality, patient-centred health care across Ontario.