Value of LHINs

LHINs are the only organizations in Ontario that bring together health care partners from the following  sectors – hospitals, community care, community support services, community mental health and addictions, community health centres and long-term care – to develop innovative, collaborative solutions leading to more timely access to high quality services for the residents of Ontario and North West LHIN communities.

By supporting these important partnerships, LHINs are ensuring that Ontarians have access to an effective and efficient health care system that delivers improved health care results and a better patient experience.

To learn more about the North West LHIN, 

Because of LHINs, providers in the local health care system are working together to improve access to quality care for Ontario residents.

“It is remarkable that the Ministry has actually implemented a system solution that came from our community. Perhaps that’s the influence of the Local Health Integration Network.”

--  Carl White, health care columnist, on the announcement of the Centre of Excellence for Integrated Seniors’ Services (CEISS) project  

  • Through a Home First partnership with Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre, St. Joseph’s Care Group, and the North West Community Care Access Centre, there has been a substantial decrease in Alternate Level of Care patients in Thunder Bay Hospitals. Read more about the Home First philosophy which is being rolled out to communities across the North West LHIN and Mr. B’s client story
  • Over 4,000 contacts have been made with vulnerable persons with mental health and addictions issues in non-traditional locations such as shelters, food banks, soup kitchens and the streets in Thunder Bay. This service is provided through the Getting Appropriate Personal and Professional Supports Program through a team of care providers from Alpha Court, Canadian Mental Health Association, NorWest Community Health Centres and St. Joseph’s Care Group. Read about GAPPS from the front line perspective
  • Diversity sessions have been held for health care leaders to address cultural issues within the North West LHIN and improve the quality of the care experience for clients and their families.
  • Over 150,000 patients in the northwest are now benefiting from the electronic information sharing between 12 hospitals and 26 clinics, connecting 169 doctors. For details, click here.


Because of LHINs, the health care needs of people in your community are being identified, co-ordinated and addressed as a truly integrated system.   

“It is important for the North West Community Care Access Centre to support the vision of the North West LHIN and to work collaboratively with other health care partners to enhance access to care and improve the health of people.  With the leadership of the North West LHIN, communities see an increase in supportive housing options and community services that allow people to stay home longer and avoid premature admission into long term care homes. North West LHIN wide strategies such as Falls Prevention and Chronic Disease Prevention and Management advance the quality of life of the residents of Northwestern Ontario and enhance the health system capacity. “

--  Tuija Puiras, CEO, North West CCAC

  • The North West LHIN has embarked on a Health Services Blueprint which will identify opportunities for health system improvement within and between sectors in the coming decade. Click here to learn more
  • An Integration Leadership Institute was held for leaders of the health service providers funded by the LHIN to initiate thinking about amalgamating or sharing services to improve patient care. The theme was A Call to Action.
  • The North West LHIN-Wide Falls Management Program involved 36 teams from 26 organizations across the region which developed a community based approach to reducing seniors’ falls and injuries. The results were impressive:

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