Minister's Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety is a competitive, annual program designed to recognize the excellent work that health care providers do every day. The Minister’s Medal provides an opportunity to recognize system champions who place the patient at the centre of the circle of care and have demonstrated exceptional work in collaboration and achieved sustainable results, while promoting system value and quality in the health care system.
The Minister’s Medal aims to showcase and honour health system partners who have worked to achieve successes in putting the needs of patients first, in alignment with Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care.
For more information, visit the 2016 Minister’s Medal website.
Congratulations to the 2016 Minister's Medal Winners and Honour Roll!
The Caregiver Respite Program offers five services that are available to support caregivers in taking care of personal needs while knowing a loved one’s care is in the best of hands. They include:
Emergency respite services when a caregiver is suddenly away from home for a few hours or days
Out-of-home respite (short stay) offers two short-stay beds where a person can stay for up to 14 days while the caregiver takes a break from their care giving responsibilities
Adult day services offers the family member with an opportunity to get out of the house and to meet other adults who share similar interests
In-home respite service/ recharge makes it possible for a family member to remain living in their own home by providing skilled substitute care giving by trained staff
Caregiver counselling and education where caregivers can learn about available respite programs and respite staff are trained in a variety of caring skills including for those with dementia, Alzheimer’s, difficult behaviors, and customer service
Weaving a Mosaic of Support:
Caregiver Respite Program in the Mississauga Halton LHIN
Individual Champion Recipient: Leah Bergstrome
Ms. Bergstrome is an Aboriginal Patient Navigator with the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Program. She received the honour for her exceptional work in facilitating and co-ordinating access to not only cancer services, but to all the basic needs patients require such as food, shelter, education and health care services. Ms. Bergstrome’s exceptional work addresses the cultural and spiritual needs of patients and their families. She networks with North Simcoe Muskoka First Nation, Inuit, Métis communities and non-Aboriginal partners for the betterment of her patients. She leverages her skills to mentor other providers on how to provide culturally competent care.
2016 Honour Roll Applicants
The following applications demonstrated outstanding performance across the Medal criteria. These applications made it to the final stages of the review process and are recognized as honour roll applicants:
Team-based Honour Roll:
Individual Honour Roll:
Suzanne Singh Pharmacist, Mount Sinai Academic Family Health Team
Kathy Bitove, Chair, Southlake Regional Health Centre’s Corporate Patient and Family Advisory Council
Brian Dunne, President & CEO, Participation House Support Services
Dr. Michael Lisi, Chief of Staff, Collingwood General and Marine Hospital
Lisa McCool-Philbin, Dean of Health, Human Care and Wellness, Schools of Biotechnology and Environmental studies, Canadore College
Jean West, Director of Mental Health, York Support Services Network