Planning Our Healthy Future
Over the past year, Hamilton Health Sciences has been asking questions and receiving input about the care we provide, the growth of the population we serve, and the partnerships we need to provide care more efficiently in the next five, 10 and 20 years. This initiative is called Our Healthy Future and it’s our biggest planning effort in decades.
We have engaged local health and service organizations, community partners, political leaders, patients and families, community members, and staff and physicians through community conversations and information sessions, focus groups, patient-centered working groups, newsletters, events, and an online discussion forum. Now, we are using this input, along with population growth data, to inform the development of our Master Program, a capital planning (building project) submission to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC).
The Master Program is only one aspect of long-term capital planning and it is not a detailed plan for the capital projects we require today; rather, it is a vision for the future for HHS. Our vision includes five key elements: patients as partners; a population health approach; a new physical service delivery model; our regional role; and research, innovation, and learning. A summary of our clinical vision from HHS President & CEO Rob MacIsaac can be read here.
The Master Program was approved by the HHS Board of Directors in June 2016. It will now be reviewed by the Local Health Integration Network and Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Throughout the ongoing planning process, we will continue to assess our vision and engage staff, physicians, partners, and community members.