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South West LHIN seeks public participation in setting health care priorities

London, ON, Aug. 20, 2012 – The South West Local Health Integration Network is developing a three-year Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP) to identify priorities and strategies to improve our local health system.

A key part of developing the IHSP is hearing from health service providers (including Hospitals, Long-Term Care Homes, Community Support Senior Avenues, Community Care Access Centre, Community Mental Health and Addictions, and Community Health Centres), stakeholders and the public. The South West LHIN invites everyone to complete a short online survey, download a self-led group discussion guide to host a conversation with colleagues or friends and/or plan to attend a public meeting near you this September. Please visit for details.

The IHSP will align with the Ontario Government’s Action Plan for Health Care and work towards the vision of a fully integrated system of care outlined in the South West LHIN’s Health System Design Blueprint – Vision 2022.

Ontario’s health care system is a $45-billion system and the South West LHIN represents a $2 billion part of that important system. We strive to ensure that the health care providers and local communities in the South West LHIN regions are reflected in the plans we make and the IHSP helps accomplish that as we work towards creating a more integrated, sustainable health care system.

See the attached backgrounder for a schedule of the public meetings, or visit


“The IHSP is such an important document as it sets the course for health system transformation for the next three years. That is why it is critical that people become involved and we hope that by hosting various types of engagements in multiple forums, everyone will be able to have their say.” – Jeff Low, Chair, South West LHIN Board of Directors

“The IHSP impacts every one of us and belongs to everyone in the South West LHIN. We hope to see a good turnout at our public meetings. We can only be sure we are meeting local health needs if we hear from the people who live it every day.” – Michael Barrett, CEO, South West LHIN


The South West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) is a crown agency responsible for the planning, integration and funding of nearly 200 health service providers including hospitals, long-term care homes, mental health and addictions agencies, community support services, community health centres, and the South West Community Care Access Centre. The South West LHIN covers an area from Lake Erie to the Bruce Peninsula and is home to almost one million people.



South West LHIN seeks public participation in setting health care priorities

The South West LHIN is currently in the process of updating its Integrated Health Service Plan for 2013 to 2016. This three-year plan identifies priorities and strategies for your local health system. Please join us to become informed and to share your ideas and concerns.


St. Thomas
St. Thomas Seniors’ Centre
Monday September 10, 2012
7:00-9:00 pm
225 Chestnut Street

Army, Navy and Air Force Veterans Unit 261
TuesdaySeptember 11, 2012
7:00-9:00 pm
151 Lorne Avenue E.


Aboriginal Health Committee
Non-committee members, please contact Gertie Mai Muise Tuesday September 11, 2012
10:00 am – 12 :30 pm
South West LHIN, 201 Queens Ave., Suite 700

Knights of Columbus Hall Wednesday
September 12, 2012 7:00-9:00 pm 99 Kerr Drive

Davidson Centre
Thursday September 13, 2012
7:00-9:00 pm
601 Durham Street


Woodstock District Community Complex
September 17, 2012
7:00-9:00 pm
381 Finkle Street

Owen Sound
Bayshore Community Centre
Tuesday September 18, 2012
7:00-9:00 pm
1900 3rd Avenue E.


École Mgr Bruyère
This session will be entirely in French
Tuesday September 18, 2012
7:00-9:00 pm 920 Huron Street

South London Community Centre
Wednesday September 19, 2012
7:00-9:00 pm
1119 Jalna Blvd.

Thursday September 20, 2012
Event details (URL) will be posted on the South West LHIN website soon

Complete our short online survey or use our self-led discussion guide to host a conversation with your colleagues or friends. For more information visit

Learn more | Get involved | Stay informed

For further information:
Annabelle Mackey
519 672-0445, ext. 2573
[email protected]

Toll-free: 1 866 294-5446