June 2024

BAOHT Partner Bulletin

Stay informed and connected with us! Committed to supporting patients, families, caregivers, and health partners, we provide the latest insights, resources, and community highlights.

Continuing to connect with our community

In the month of June, the BAOHT Operations Team attended two additional community events to connect with residents and share valuable programs and resources. Through these events, the BAOHT not only provided valuable health information but also gathered crucial insights into what matters most to our community. We are committed to using this feedback to drive future conversations with partners and to ensure we are meeting the health care needs of all residents.

If your organization is hosting a community event and would like to invite the BAOHT to participate, please reach out to baoht@rvh.on.ca.

Melissa Keown (right), Administrative Coordinator, BAOHT, connects with community members during the recent Seniors Fair at the Barrie Public Library on June 24.
Rebecca Coyle, BAOHT Project Coordinator and Lisa Rhodenizer, BAOHT Project Management Lead, participated in the Wholistic Wellbeing Fair presented by RVH and BANAC at Georgian College on June 25.

New title for Advisors aligns with role of BAOHT patients, families and caregivers

Patient Family Caregiver Advisors of the BAOHT will now be known as Lived Experience Partners (LEPs). This new title better reflects how these invaluable individuals view themselves as integral contributors to the BAOHT. As we move forward, we will begin updating all documents and references to ensure the new name is consistently applied across all platforms and communications. This change signifies our ongoing commitment to recognizing and honoring the vital role of those with lived experiences in shaping and improving our health care system.

Basecamp supports launch of the BAOHT’s Primary Care Network

We are excited to announce the launch of the BAOHT Primary Care Network (PCN), using Basecamp as our preferred collaboration platform. Basecamp is a project management and team collaboration tool that helps organize tasks, share files, and communicate through message boards and group chats. Primary Care Providers (PCPs) can use it to coordinate patient care, share important documents, and ensure effective communication among team members.

The PCN on Basecamp will enable local PCPs to connect, ensure their voices are heard in OHT decision-making via the Primary Care Council, and facilitate access to clinical supports to foster improvements in primary care. This initiative aligns with Ontario Health’s guidance on the implementation of a PCN, engaging family physicians and interprofessional primary care providers in OHT planning, decision-making, and the implementation of provincial and local clinical priorities (e.g., attachment and access to primary care), in accordance with the provincial PCN Guidance. To date, we’ve seen tremendous uptake on Basecamp, with almost 90 percent of those invited having joined the network. If you are a PCP or know one interested in joining, please contact Rebecca Coyle, Project Coordinator, at coyler@rvh.on.ca.

Leadership announcement for the BAOHT

As we bid farewell to two respected leaders within the BAOHT partnership, we want to take a moment to acknowledge their vital contributions since the inception of our OHT. We extend our heartfelt thanks to Merideth Morrison, Co-Chair of BAOHT and Dr. Valerie Grdisa, CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association – Simcoe County Branch..

We are pleased to announce that Alison Howard, Director Health System Planning, will represent the County of Simcoe at the BAOHT Collaboration Council and Dr. Jennifer Fillingham has been appointed as the Interim CEO of CMHA-SCB and will assume Valerie’s position on the BAOHT’s Executive Planning Committee and Collaboration Council.

Tracey Fletcher, Co-Chair of BAOHT, will continue collaborating with the Operations Team to develop both interim and long-term strategies to guide the OHT forward following Merideth’s departure. Thank you, Merideth and Valerie, for your dedication and leadership.

Sharing on behalf of Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH)

RVH researchers awarded major grant to share innovative tool

After a Canada-wide competition, a team of researchers at Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) have received a $668,968 grant to help reduce the administrative burden physicians face when conducting goals of care discussions.

Led by RVH intensivist and Chief Research Scientist, Dr. Giulio DiDiodato, the two-year project – made possible through the Health Care Unburdened Grant program established by the Canadian Medical Association, MD Financial Management Inc., and Scotiabank, – will support the dissemination of an innovative e-tool that facilitates a new clinical standard for how hospitals, family health teams, and long-term care homes conduct goals of care discussions.

“Building on these initial successes, the Health Care Unburdened Grant now paves the way for us to share this homegrown innovation with our health care peers across the province,” says Dr. Jesse McLean, RVH’s Director of Research and co-author on the grant. “We will also be working with several community partners to help spread the tool, including teams at Georgian College’s School of Computer Studies and Henry Bernick Entrepreneurship Centre, as well as Barrie and Area Ontario Health Team, and the University of Toronto’s Family Medicine Teaching Unit located at RVH”.

To read more, click here.

RVH physicians Dr. Giulio DiDiodato (left to right): Dr. Chris Martin, Dr. Doug Austgarden developed the Goals of Care tool that will be shared across the province through the Health Care Unburdened Grant

Sharing on behalf of the Ministry of Health

A milestone in home care modernization

The Ontario government is approaching a significant milestone in its plan to modernize home care services as part of a connected and convenient health care system.

When the Convenient Care at Home Act, 2023  is proclaimed into force on June 28, 2024, the 14 Home and Community Care Support Services organizations will be amalgamated to form a single new service organization named Ontario Health atHome. Read more here

Sharing on behalf of Ontario Health

All OHT Webinar hosted by Ontario Health

On June 25, Ontario Health hosted an All OHT Webinar with a focus on Primary Care Networks, Integrated Clinical Pathways, OHT Engagement Framework and OHT Performance Framework. To view the webinar recording, click here.