Small, Rural and Northern Hospital Transformation Fund 2013

In April 2013, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) announced $20 million in provincial funding as a one-time investment to support Ontario’s small, rural and northern hospitals in improving patient care and transforming their organizations.  In 2013-2014, the MOHLTC has provided the North West LHIN with up to $3,773,800 in one-time funding.

This one-time funding builds upon last year’s goals, and requires that projects meet the following criteria:

  • Ensure patient access to core acute services, including emergency, surgical, medical and obstetrical care;
  • Ensure collaboration with community services, including family health care, home care, mental health and addiction services, and community support services;
  • Respond to community needs for post-acute and palliative services as appropriate; and
  • Improve the quality and safety of services for patients and deliver good value for money within existing resources.

In 2013-2014, a total of ten funding proposals were put forward to the North West LHIN for consideration.  Eight projects were selected using our board-approved decision-making framework.  In addition to the above criteria, these projects will:

  • Support and align with the North West LHIN’s Integrated Health Services Plan (IHSP) priorities:
    • Building an Integrated Health Care System;
    • Building an Integrated eHealth Framework; and
    • Improving Access to Care.
  • Support the North West LHIN’s Strategic Directions:
    • Population Health - Improved health outcomes resulting in healthier people
    • Care Experience - Access to health care that people need, as close to home as possible
    • Care Experience - Continuous Quality Improvement
    • System Costs -  A system-wide culture of accountability
  • Advance the coordination and integration of services at the local health hub, integrated district network and regional levels, and aligns with the North West LHIN’s Health Services Blueprint.

2013-2014 Approved Small, Rural
and Northern Hospital Transformation Fund Projects

Lead Hospital

Description of program(s) / benefit to patients

Dryden Regional Health Centre

Telemedicine Enhancement
Expand utilization of telemedicine services through the purchase and installation of equipment into locations that have limited or no access to telemedicine equipment. This project is intended to improve patient quality of care, access to care and reduce the need for patient travel.

Dryden Regional Health Centre

Community Wide Scheduling (Phase 2)
Expansion of scope of community wide scheduling to allow participating hospitals to complete online booking and scheduling for appointments at other sites using an electronic solution, and will allow the referring hospital to coordinate appointments where multiple diagnostic tests or consults are required.

Dryden Regional Health Centre

Knowledge Transfer Exchange
To allow hospitals to share experiences and lessons learned with stakeholders including other hospitals, LHINs and the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

Red Lake Margaret Cochenour Memorial Hospital

Obstetrical Services Training
Dedicated obstetrical services training for new nurses and enhanced training for existing staff.

Riverside Health Care Facilities

Integrated Project Management Office and Decision Support
Development and implementation of a LHIN-wide Project Management Office and Decision Support service for all hospitals in the LHIN.  This is a joint project that will provide small hospitals and select community service providers with access to project management and decision support resources. It will also provide Health Service Providers with resources required to make evidence-based informed decisions and implement projects.

Riverside Health Care Facilities

Medical Grade Wireless
Implementation of agency wide medical grade wireless network that will allow participation in new IT solutions that are intended to improve clinical care.

Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win 


Medication Management
Purchase of equipment and process redesign required to advance closed loop medication management. Closed loop medication management is proven to virtually eliminate medication errors which have a significant impact on the quality of care and patient outcomes.

Sioux Lookout Meno Ya Win


Quality Scorecard
Development of a quality scorecard appropriate for use by small and rural remote hospitals across the province. Funding for this project will be used to develop the potential quality indicators for use in the small and rural hospital context as well as extensive validation and refinement of the indicators.


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