December 3, 2014

Dear Northerners,

People often ask me “So in your job, what keeps you awake at night?” Quite frankly, I am so busy during the day that staying awake at night isn’t a problem. But there are times when I do think about whether Northerners, particularly our frail elderly, are finding and receiving the care they need in community, from hospital care to home care.

A few weeks ago, the North East LHIN published its first book – Community Hospital and Health Care in Northeastern Ontario: Transforming the Patient Experience. It chronicles the history and evolution of our 20 community hospitals, as well as the shifting landscape and demographics of our region.

The book not only looks at the transformation of hospitals and health care across our region, it asks Northerners to consider our future and write the next chapter. We will continue to talk to people about their ideas on transforming care and setting priorities that meet the health care needs of Northerners today and tomorrow.

This month we are also asking Northerners to help guide our work through a short survey. Half-way through our 2013-2016 Strategic Plan, we are touching base with people to hear what they have to say. And when it comes to health care, Northerners have a lot to offer – more than 650 people have completed the survey so far!

If you haven’t had a chance to let us know what you think, please take the time now. Among other survey questions, we want to know, “What is the single most important thing that can be done to improve home and community care for you in Northeastern Ontario?”

You can take the survey online or visit our website at to link up to it. We can also send you a paper copy – give us a call at 1-866-906-5446. The survey will run until midnight, December 9th.

I welcome your ideas, experiences and concerns. You can always stay in touch through email at . As I’ve said before, the North East LHIN is your LHIN and together we need to strengthen our system. Interesting enough, someone recently challenged us to “prove” Northerners aren’t happy with the status quo. Well, 4,000 Northerners can’t be wrong. And that’s what they told us during our community engagements. 



On October 30, several Northern leaders gathered to launch the North East LHIN’s community hospital book.  From left to right, Dr. John Lewko, Director, Centre for Research in Human Development (CRHD); Danielle Bélanger-Corbin, Board Chair, North East LHIN; Louise Paquette, CEO, North East LHIN; and Derek Graham, CEO, Manitoulin Health Centre.