About our LHIN
The role of Local Health Integration Networks is to plan, integrate and fund local health care as well as deliver and coordinate home and community care. The South West covers an area from Lake Erie to the Bruce Peninsula and is home to almost one million people.
Our name says it all
The South West LHIN ensures that LOCAL
people -- health care providers and consumers -- help to identify health care priorities and solutions, based on local needs, wants, circumstances and expectations. The LHIN is responsible for ensuring the HEALTH
of the population within its geographic area, by providing high quality health promotion, prevention, diagnosis and treatment. LHINs will, for the first time, involve Ontarians in the health care conversation.
Another key word is INTEGRATION
. The LHIN brings together organizations across the health continuum, from health centres and community care to hospitals and long-term care, to ensure that consumers get the care they need, when and where they need it. Ultimately, integration means a more efficient and effective system – and that’s important at a time when health care costs are increasing and our population is aging.
By functioning as a NETWORK
– a group or organizations and individuals linked by shared goals – the LHIN ensures that the health care system is not a frustrating labyrinth for consumers, but rather a clear path to improved health for all.
Working together from Lake Erie to the Bruce Peninsula
The South West LHIN is responsible for engaging health care providers, consumers, volunteers and the public in the work that lies ahead.
By bringing together publicly funded health agencies and organizations in our area, the South West LHIN will help to ensure a seamless continuum of high quality care for health care consumers and their families. The South West LHIN will be responsible for the accountability arrangements and funding of:
Public and private hospitals
Community support service agencies
Community mental health and addictions agencies
Community health centres
Long-term care homes
The LHIN works closely with-- but is not directly responsible for-- the funding of physicians, public health, ambulance services, laboratories, and provincial drug programs.