Haliburton County/City of Kawartha Lakes Facilitated Integration

Starting in January 2013, a group of Health Service Providers (HSPs) from Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes met as part of a facilitated integration process at the direction of the Central East Local Health Integration Network.  Please review the information and links below to follow the group's progress as they first met to develop their integration plan through to current status today. 

Current Status - posted February 2, 2015

On March 7, 2014 Ross Memorial Hospital and HHHS announced the appointment of Thomas Jones as their new Director, Integrated Mental Health Services as a joint initiative to create a broader, more integrated and inclusive Mental Health Services program. This had been included in the “Strategic Alliance” recommendations between Ross Memorial Hospital and Haliburton Highlands Health Services in the FINAL Integration Plan and is one of a number of new initiatives that is having a positive impact on the residents of Haliburton County and the City of Kawartha Lakes including shared service partnerships in areas such as Laboratory Services, Medical Device Reprocessing, Mental Health Leadership, Diagnostic Imaging Management and much more.

In the City of Kawartha Lakes, the accountability for the delivery of the Acquired Brain Injury Adult Day Service program was transferred from the Victorian Order of Nurses – Ontario Branch, Peterborough, Victoria and Haliburton to Four Counties Brain Injury Association effective August 1, 2014 after the LHIN Board approved the two agencies’ Transition Plan. Service volumes remained the same and clients now have access to strengthened expertise in delivering this type of specialized program. 

On December 3, 2014 at its Open Board meeting the Central East LHIN Board approved the Transition Plan developed by Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada – Ontario Branch (VON) and Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes (CCCKL) which will see CCCKL become accountable for the delivery of the Adult Day Program in Lindsay.  This integration will be completed by April 1, 2015.  For more information, please click HERE.

On January 13, 2015, HHHS announced that seniors and residents from across Haliburton County will now have access to new and expanded services with an investment of more than $1 million by the Central East LHIN and the Ontario government in new inter-disciplinary teams  providing more community health services to individuals with complex medical, social and/or cognitive issues.  To review that press release, please click HERE.  To review a video created by Highlander TV on the announcement, please click HERE

Creation of One Entity in Haliburton County - posted October 17, 2014

On October 1, 2014 the One Entity in Haliburton County was launched.  To view a video from Highlander TV on this integration and what it means to local patients and caregivers, please click HERE.  

Transition Planning - posted June 25, 2014

In Haliburton County, Haliburton Highland Health Services (HHHS) and Community Care Haliburton County (CCHC) moved forward with their transition planning to form One Entity, through the voluntary integration of CCHC into HHHS, after the LHIN approved their Transition at its June 25th Open Board Meeting. The Transition Plan outlined the key transition planning activities, timelines and milestones to be achieved as the organizations worked towards an implementation date of October 1, 2014. This included developing a governance structure, including a community advisory committee, developing a comprehensive human resources plan to transfer staff to HHHS, transitioning clients and volunteers and determining facility requirements for programs and staff. The Transition Plan also included the processes required to transfer the accountability for the delivery of hospice services from Supportive Initiatives for Residents in the County of Haliburton (SIRCH) Community Services to the One Entity and Haliburton County adult day programs from the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) – Ontario Branch, Peterborough, Victoria and Haliburton to the One Entity. 

Final Integration Plan - posted December 18, 2013

After months of due diligence and stakeholder engagement, the Integration Planning Team, which was comprised of senior administrative representatives from six local agencies, developed an “Integrated Governance and Service Delivery Model” which was included in a “FINAL Integration Plan - Hospital and Community Health Services Integration – Haliburton County and City of Kawartha Lakes.”

The FINAL Integration Plan recommended how hospitals and community-based health services could be delivered in the future to improve client access to high-quality services, create readiness for future health system transformation and make the best use of the public’s investment.

The Plan was presented to the Health Service Provider Boards in November and early December and LHIN Board on December 18th for any FINAL decisions and was approved by all parties. 

To download a copy of the FINAL Integration Plan and additional supporting documents, please click on the links below:

Integration Updates - March to November 2013

To make sure that everyone is aware of what was discussed at the Haliburton County/City of Kawartha Lakes Integration Planning Team (IPT) meetings, the group had been sharing a summary of their discussions each month with their board members, staff, clients/caregivers and community residents.

  • November 2013 Update, please click HERE.
  • Fall 2013 Update, please click HERE
  • July 2013 Update, please click HERE
  • June 2013 Update, please click HERE
  • May 2013 Update, please click HERE
  • April 2013 Update, please click HERE
  • March 2013 Update, please click HERE.
  • For more information on the LHIN's Community Health Services Integration Strategy, please click HERE.