Cancer Care: How we fit in
Southlake Regional Health Centre is part of the Central LHIN, (Local
Health Integration Networks) one of 14 LHINs in Ontario. The Central
LHIN boundaries include a northern section of the City of Toronto, most
of York Region, and a part of south Simcoe County.
Local Health Integration Networks
In 2006, in a move to make healthcare 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 healthcare in Ontario,
moving from a collection of services that were often uncoordinated to a
true healthcare system. A key factor in Ontario’s healthcare system is
the way cancer treatment is delivered. Overseen by Cancer Care Ontario
(CCO), the agency responsible for continually improving cancer services,
the provincial cancer system is organized into Regional Cancer Programs
(RCPs) corresponding with the province's 14 LHINs. Each RCP is home to a
regional cancer centre. Southlake is part of the Central Regional
Cancer Program and the Stronach Regional Cancer Centre at Southlake is
the Program’s regional cancer centre.
Regional Cancer Programs
Established in 2005, Regional Cancer Programs are designed to ensure
that all Ontarians receive a consistently high quality of cancer care,
as close to home as possible. Individual Programs answer the need to
address local cancer issues, act locally on provincial quality standards
for cancer services, and improve timely access to services.
In the Central Regional Cancer Program, cancer care is delivered through
a network of service providers that includes the Stronach Regional
Cancer Centre at Southlake, Markham Stouffville Hospital, York Central
Hospital, North York General Hospital, and Humber River Regional
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 LHIN Regional Cancer Program is led by Dr. Louis Balogh, Regional Vice President, Cancer Care Ontario.