Small and Rural Transformation Fund

In support of the Government of Ontario’s Action Plan aim of creating a better coordinated health care system, the Small and Rural Hospital Transformation Fund was provided again in the 2013-14 budget.

As reflected in the South East LHIN’s 2013-2016 strategic Integrated Health Services Plan (IHSP3), this funding will help us support targeted organizations. The funded projects will assist us in developing a regional system of integrated health care across the care continuum, from primary care and public health through to community and acute and long-term care  and the patient experience with a focus on the transition points in care. 

Patients will benefit from this funding by having better, easier access to hospitals, primary care and their community service partners for more seamless coordinated care.

Support for Small and Rural Hospitals in Southeastern Ontario

Ontario is providing funding to hospitals in southeastern Ontario for projects that will improve access to patient care and enhance integration and collaboration between hospitals and community care partners. The funding is a part of the Ontario government’s $20-million, one-time investment in small and rural hospitals.

Lead Hospital
Description of program(s) / benefit to patients

Quinte Healthcare Corporation



ED Primary Care Notification Pilot

Project notifies primary care providers about patients’ visits to the emergency department. 

Benefits of the project include:

  • Identifying individuals needing support to avoid hospitalization
  • Facilitating design of care models around targeted populations (e.g. frail seniors, end-of-life care, high-volume users)
  • Enhancing collaboration and communication between primary care and hospitals in the south east.

Quinte Healthcare Corporation

Improving the Patient Journey

This initiative maps the path of care for patients from North Hastings Hospital (NHH). The project looks at finding efficiencies and improving the patient care experience through the use of formal LEAN* resources and co-operation between NHH and the community agencies and community family physicians.


This would ensure access to core services, ensure collaboration with community services and improve the quality and safety of services for patients.

Quinte Healthcare Corporation


Health Records Initiative/Scanning Expansion Project

Funding will further QHC’s adoption of electronic health records (EHRs):

  • Scanning documents to help North Hastings Hospital physicians access and view patients’ EHRs.
  • Purchasing voice recognition licenses for physicians to improve turnaround times; and provide vital patient information for physicians/patient care.

Quinte Healthcare Corporation

ED CCAC Notification Expansion Project

The Notification System is a joint initiative of the South East Community Care Access Centre (CCAC), SE LHIN, Kingston General Hospital and Hotel Dieu Hospital.


This project will expand the South East ED-CCAC Notification System to Lennox and Addington and Quinte Healthcare Corporation. The system will:

  • Improve communication and co-ordination between the South East CCAC and SE LHIN hospital emergency department staff.
  • Allow more timely identification and response to the care and support needs of CCAC clients presenting to the ED. 

Lennox and Addington County General Hospital


iCART (Integrated Community Assessment and Referral Team)

The project will support the implementation of:

  • A centralized information and referral source supporting community service delivery and service co-ordination.
  • Innovative use of navigators to work directly with clinicians, individuals and families, and foster access to required services.
  • An information and education strategy to inform all health care providers.

Lennox and Addington County General Hospital


Physician Documentation in Meditech

This project will combine technology and LEAN management to complete the implementation of the Electronic Health Care Record, and transform business processes to improve information flow.

Lennox and Addington County General Hospital


Health Records Transformation

In conjunction with Physician Documentation in Meditech, this project will, using LEAN management:

  • Review and align processes within the Health Records Department to reflect the change from paper-based records to electronic
  • Implement redesigned processes
  • Eliminate storage of paper based records

Lennox and Addington County General Hospital


Radiology Voice Recognition

The purpose of this initiative is:

  • To facilitate the electronic delivery of radiology reports
  • Reduce the time between exam and report delivery
  • Facilitate information transfer between internal departments.

Lennox and Addington County General Hospital


Discharge History and Physicals

This initiative will:

  • Facilitate the electronic delivery of discharge summaries, histories and physicals to the EMR, CDR and physicians EMR
  • Facilitate information transfer between internal departments when the patient is admitted.