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The Mississauga Halton Palliative Care Network provides planning and strategic implementation of palliative care resources and services at the local level to ensure a system-wide approach to palliative care that’s patient focused. It is made up of local partners such as home care agencies, hospitals, long term care, primary care, hospices and other organizations to improve palliative care for patients and families.
The goal of the Mississauga Halton Palliative Care Network is to provide leadership, direction and structure to facilitate the development of a comprehensive, integrated and coordinated system of palliative care within the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network which will support the provincial vision of hospice palliative care as outlined in Advancing High Quality, High Value Palliative Care in Ontario: The Declaration of Partnership and Commitment to Action.
The Mississauga Halton Palliative Care Network serves the municipalities of South Etobicoke, Mississauga, Halton Hills, Oakville and Milton. Click here to see boundaries.
In March 2016, the Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) was officially launched.
This provincial network is disease-agnostic and was developed to serve the needs of all Ontarians. The OPCN is an organized partnership of community stakeholders, health service providers and health systems planners who together are developing a coordinated, standardized approach for delivering hospice palliative care services in the province.
The OPCN has been working with the regions to create 14 Regional Palliative Care Networks. These networks are jointly accountable to both the LHIN Chief Executive Officer and the Regional Cancer Program’s Regional Vice President. The OPCN’s collaboration with all Regional Palliative Care Networks is critical to the success of advancing high quality, high value, and patient-centered hospice palliative care.
The Mississauga Halton Palliative Care Network (PCN) includes an Administrative Director (four days/week) and two Multidisciplinary Clinical Co-Leads (one day/week each) who are accountable to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the Regional Vice President (RVP) of the Mississauga Halton Central West Regional Cancer Program (RCP). Together with their local partners, this triad of leaders collaborates to improve hospice palliative care across all patient populations, illness trajectories and health care settings. This is achieved through the development, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive regional work plan that has set objectives and deliverables.
The Secretariat of the Mississauga Halton Palliative Care Network provides guidance and direction to fulfill the mandate of the network.
The Secretariat consists of:
Sharon Lee Smith - Interim CEO, Mississauga Halton LHIN
Leslie Starr - Regional Vice President, Mississauga Halton Central West RCP
Liane Fernandes - Vice President - Regional Programs, Mississauga Halton LHIN
Farah Khan - Regional Director, Mississauga Halton Central West RCP
Katherine Davison - Administrative Director, Mississauga Halton PCN
Dr. Laura Harild - Multidisciplinary Clinical Co-Lead, Mississauga Halton PCN
Carol Sloan - Multidisciplinary Clinical Co-Lead, Mississauga Halton PCN
Mississauga Halton Palliative Care Network Executive Committee
The Mississauga Halton Palliative Care Network Executive Committee was established to provide advice to the Mississauga Halton LHIN and Mississauga Halton Central West Regional Cancer Program on: planning, oversight and leadership for all Network activities.
Further, they provide collaborative leadership to advance standardization, education, coordination, equity and continuous quality improvement across all sectors within the LHIN. This committee’s work is based on best practices in accordance with the Ontario Palliative Care Network (OPCN) direction and the Advancing High Quality, High Value Palliative Care in Ontario: The Declaration of Partnership and Commitment to Action and will align with both the Mississauga Halton LHIN Integrated Health Service Plan and the Regional Cancer Programs Strategic Plan.
Membership is comprised of individuals who have the skills and ability to influence change and reflect issues/concerns from regional stakeholders, including families and caregivers regarding the delivery of high quality, high value palliative care services for patients and families.