South East LHIN Clinical Leadership

Among the many directions and benefits of the Patients First Act, 2016, the increase in clinical leadership capacity and improved clinical engagement has been a major addition to the functionality of Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). Each Clinical Lead provides support to both the South East LHIN and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in a particular facet of the health care system. More importantly, these Clinical Leaders capture the perspective of physicians from across our region.

Together, with Citizen Leadership from the general public and Executive Leadership from our Health Services Providers, this addition and growth in Clinical Leadership is helping us understand how we can help health professionals help their patients. The South East LHIN’s Clinical Leads act as leaders, resources and change champions within their particular area of focus within the health care system.

Executive-level clinical leaders integrate clinical engagement activities into cohesive engagement plans and strategies to improve the coordination of local palliative care, primary care, home care and other areas.

VP Clinical – Dr. David Zelt

The VP Clinical provides main oversight and coordination of other Clinical Leaders and is also able to provide expert input to all clinical decisions. Currently in the South East LHIN, the VP clinical is the driving force behind regional medical human resource planning, something much needed and not undertaken in the past.

Sub-Region – Clinical Leads

Quinte – Dr. Kristina Moreau
Rural Hastings – Dr. Carolyn Brown
Rural Frontenac – Dr. Kim Morrison
Kingston – Dr. Dan Borschneck
Lanark Leeds Grenville – TBC

Sub-Region Clinical Leads convene local tables of providers to co-design equity-based models to improve access to inter-professional, team-based primary care with close connections to home and community care and mental health and addictions.

Emergency Department Clinical Lead – Dr. Chris Evans

Critical Care Lead – Dr. John Drover

Emergency and Critical Care Clinical Leads develop regional surge plans and lead the response to local emergency or critical care needs.

Primary Care Physician LHIN Lead – Dr. Deanna Russell Primary Care

Clinical Leads assess primary care service capacity to address current and future challenges in primary care access, and work to advance access to specialist strategies.

Quality Care Clinical Lead – Dr. Colin Wilson

In association with Health Quality Ontario, the Clinical Quality Leads help influence positive change and advance the quality agenda and engage regional partners, which is achieved by building on and accelerating existing efforts to promote a culture of quality that will improve patient outcomes and care experiences.