A number of partners—both organizations and individuals—play a significant role in making high-quality critical care services accessible to Ontarians.
Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs)
There are 14 Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), each of which are responsible for planning and managing the provision of healthcare services within their geographic regions. LHINs work with local hospitals and community members to determine the medical priorities within their region, and Critical Care Services Ontario frequently partners with LHIN CEOs and Critical Care Leads on critical care issues. For more information, please visit the LHIN website.
Hospitals and Medical Professionals
To ensure high quality and accessible critical care services for all patients, hospitals are accountable for entering data in the Critical Care Information System. Reports generated from this information are used by the LHINs and Critical Care Services Ontario to determine trends in unit level activity, system pressure points, resource utilization, and the overall the state of critical care in Ontario. This information helps CCSO identify areas in need of improvement.
Physicians and nurses in hospitals across the province leverage their medical and administrative expertise through membership on various Working Groups supported by Critical Care Services Ontario. For further information about these groups, please visit the Committees page.
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
The goal of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care is to establish a patient-focused, results-driven, integrated and sustainable publicly funded health system. This involves health promotion and illness prevention strategies, ensuring the delivery of quality care when people need it, and protecting the health system for future generations.
The Ministry provides overall direction and leadership for the system, focusing on planning and guiding resources to bring value to the health system. This focus includes:
- Establishing overall strategic direction and provincial priorities for the health system;
- Developing legislation, regulations, standards, policies, and directives to support those strategic directions;
- Monitoring and reporting on the performance of the health system and the health of Ontarians;
- Planning for and establishing funding models and levels of funding for the health care system;
- Ensuring that ministry and system strategic directions and expectations are fulfilled.
Information on Ontario's Critical Care Strategy can be viewed on the Critical Care Strategy website.
Health Quality Ontario
The mission of Health Quality Ontario (HQO)—to act as a catalyst for quality, an independent source of information on health evidence, and a trusted resource for the public—is derived from its legislated mandate as outlined in the 2010 Excellent Care For All Act. This landmark bill aims to transform the healthcare system by creating greater public accountability, ensuring that executives, clinicians and healthcare organizations focus on quality, increasing the patient’s voice in the shaping of the system and using the best scientific evidence to drive change.
In 2008, Health Quality Ontario was mandated by the Ontario government to measure and report to the public on the quality of long-term care and resident satisfaction. Later that same year, it was also tasked with measuring and reporting to the public on the quality of home care services and client satisfaction with these services. HQO envisions a health care system that is sustainable, improves continually and uses evidence to optimize population health and provide excellent care for all Ontarians. Critical Care Services Ontario aims to align its activities with the strategic initiatives of HQO.