Cancer Care at Southlake Regional Health Centre is part of the Central Regional Cancer Program. The Stronach Regional Cancer Centre at Southlake is the designated cancer centre for the Central Regional Cancer Program.
Regional Cancer Programs
A key factor in Ontario's health care system is the way cancer treatment is delivered. Created and funded by Cancer Care Ontario
the provincial cancer system is organized into 13 Regional Cancer Programs corresponding with the province's Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs). Each Regional Cancer Program has a designated regional cancer centre.
Regional Cancer Programs are designed to ensure that all Ontarians receive a consistently high quality of cancer care, as close to home as possible; address local cancer issues, act locally on provincial quality standards for cancer services, and work to continually improve access to care, wait times and quality.
Central Regional Cancer Program
The Central Regional Cancer Program provides cancer care within the Central LHIN
and oversees the delivery and quality of cancer services for residents of North York, York Region and south Simcoe County.
The Central Regional Cancer Program delivers cancer care through a network of service providers that includes Southlake Regional Health Centre, the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre at Southlake, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Mackenzie Health, North York General Hospital, Stevenson Memorial Hospital and Humber River Hospital, all of which have partnership agreements with Cancer Care Ontario. Other service providers include public health units, Community Care Access Centres, and hospices.
The Central Regional Cancer Program is led by Dr. David Fell, Regional Vice President, Cancer Care Ontario.
Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs)
In 2006, in a move to make health care more patient-focused, results-driven, integrated and sustainable, the Ontario government changed the way health care services are managed through the development of LHINs. These community-based organizations plan, co-ordinate, integrate and fund health services at the local level including hospitals, long-term care homes, community care access centres, community support services, community mental health and addictions services and community health centres.
LHINs are an important part of the evolution of health care in Ontario, moving from a collection of services that were often uncoordinated to a true health care system.