February 05, 2016 15:11 ET

Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and St. Joseph's Health System honoured with IPAC Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Gold Award

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 5, 2016) - The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) and Deloitte announced the winners of its IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards program for outstanding leadership in public policy and management. The Gold Award was awarded to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Local Health Integration Networks, and St. Joseph's Health System (SJHS) for implementing integrated funding models in Ontario.

Five years ago, staff at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH), a part of the St. Joseph's Health System (SJHS) approached Ontario's Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care with an idea that they felt could help address the challenges involved in transitioning surgical patients from hospital care to follow-up care at home or elsewhere. They proposed that for certain patients-those undergoing lung cancer surgery, for example-the Ministry would provide a single "envelope" of funding to support the integrated provision of care in the hospital and beyond. The Ministry agreed to take part; later, encouraged by the positive outcomes of the SJHS experience, it encouraged other Ontario healthcare providers to submit their own innovative, patient-centred, solution-driven proposals that would make use of an Integrated Funding Model (IFM) approach.

"In this model we brought home care providers and surgeons together to identify what outstanding care looks like for patients at every stage of this journey," said Dr. Kevin Smith, CEO, St. Joseph's Health System. "The structure is truly evolving to say, eradicate silos and ensure that the system can wrap holistic care around the patients as well as the providers, so they can have confidence in the hand off."

Rather than providing prescriptive direction, the Ministry provided a policy framework and empowered Local Health Integration Networks to take a leadership role themselves in determining how best to deliver integrated care. Bundled care supported by IFM has proven to be better, faster, and less expensive than traditionally delivered services: as well as improved efficiency across the system, patients report high satisfaction with their care, hospital stays are shorter, and readmissions are lower. Moreover, IFM has helped foster stronger relationships and better communication among healthcare partners. Today, IFM represents potentially the biggest reform in Canadian healthcare-and an important step forward on the path towards truly patient-centred care.

"The leadership required to bring the Integrated Funding Model was about providing support rather than prescribing a direction - the Ministry helped create an environment where integrated care could thrive, and is letting the healthcare providers at the front lines lead the way in figuring out how best to make it work day to day," said Melissa Farrell, Assistant Deputy Minister, Health System Quality and Funding Division, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. "Today, we now have six separate teams using IFM, and each has taken a different approach to delivering integrated, patient-centred care. It really shows how with the right leadership support, opportunities can take root and flourish."

For more information about the IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Awards, including a list of the advisory committee and all finalists, please visit:

About IPAC

Founded in 1947, the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) is a dynamic association of public servants, academics, and others interested in public administration. IPAC is a membership-based organization that creates knowledge networks and leads public administration research in Canada. See

About Deloitte

Deloitte, one of Canada's leading professional services firms, provides audit, tax, consulting, and financial advisory services. Deloitte LLP, an Ontario limited liability partnership, is the Canadian member firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited.

Deloitte refers to one or more of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a UK private company limited by guarantee, and its network of member firms, each of which is a legally separate and independent entity. Please see for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited and its member firms.

About St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton

St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton is a regional leader in patient-centred care providing acute care, research, teaching, community and international outreach programs throughout our network. Since being founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1890, our hospitals span three specialized campuses in the Greater Hamilton Area (Charlton Campus, West 5th Campus and King Street Campus), with St. Joseph's Villa Dundas providing long-term care and St. Joseph's Home Care providing personalized home care traversing the reach of our region. For more information about St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton, please visit

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  • Emily Richardson
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    Marta Guzik
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    Membership Services and Awards
    Institute of Public Administration of Canada
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    Maria Hayes
    Communications Specialist
    St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton
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