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Ontario Awards Prestigious Health Quality and Safety Medals

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Ontario Awards Prestigious Health Quality and Safety Medals

Province Celebrating Excellence in Ontario’s Health Leaders

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

Today, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, handed out two Minister's Medals to health care providers who went above and beyond to improve care for patients and families.

The Team Medal Award went to a Mississaugua Halton Local Health Integration Network-based team whose caregiver respite program, Weaving a Mosaic of Support, partnered with local organizations to deliver better coordinated home care for more than 1,200 families in the Mississauga Halton community in 2015-2016. The program helped transform fragmented and siloed services into care that is coordinated and integrated for those caring for loved ones at home.

The Individual Champion Medal was awarded toLeah Bergstrome, an Aboriginal Patient Navigator with the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Program. Ms. Bergstrome received the honour for her exceptional work in facilitating and co-ordinating access not only to cancer services, but to all the basic needs that patients require such as food, shelter, education and other health care services.

In addition to the medal winners, Ontario is recognizing 18 Honour Roll members for their exceptional work in delivering high-quality health care for patients and families.

Recognizing and supporting excellence in health care is part of the government's Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care, which provides patients with faster access to the right care; better home and community care; the information they need to live healthy; and a health care system that is sustainable for generations to come.

Quick Facts

  • The Minister’s Medals to Honour Excellence in Health Quality and Safety is a competitive, annual recognition program that celebrates the collaborative efforts of Ontario’s health care providers in improving care for Ontarians.
  • This year marked the fourth year of the Minister’s Medal program.
  • The medal is awarded to one individual who has demonstrated leadership in focusing on quality; and one team-based initiative that demonstrates commitment to collaboration, improvements in the health system and value for quality care.

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“This year's winners of the Minister's Medal are excellent examples of the incredible impact that Ontario’s health care professionals can have on improving the quality of patients’ lives. Both winners demonstrate how Ontario’s health care professionals continue to use innovation, collaboration and compassion to continually improve the care they provide to their patients.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins

Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

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