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Joint Centres for Transformative Healthcare Innovation

The Joint Centres is a partnership between seven large community hospitals focused on collaboration and sharing to improve quality, safety and performance in health care. Member  hospitals comprise Humber River Hospital, Mackenzie Health, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Michael Garron Hospital, North York General Hospital, Southlake Regional Health Centre, and St. Joseph's Health Centre.

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As a platform for innovation and collaboration, the Joint Centres is guided by five strategic directions:
  1. Seek and share innovative ideas that improve service delivery and/or value across the system
  2. Serve as a living laboratory to demonstrate innovation
  3. Provide a forum for the rapid execution of new ideas, technologies, products and processes to improve system performance
  4. Provide a test environment for Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and/or LHIN sponsored innovation and demonstration projects
  5. Create opportunities for shared innovation, learning, and knowledge transfer among the member organizations, their staff and physicians

Partner hospitals

Humber River Hospital is one of Canada's largest regional acute care hospitals, serving a catchment area of more than 850,000 people in the northwest GTA. The hospital currently operates out of its Wilson Avenue site with a total of 656 beds, 3,300 staff, approximately 700 physicians and 1,100 volunteers.

Mackenzie Health is a dynamic regional health care provider serving a population of more than a half million people across York Region and beyond. Nationally recognized for its commitment to safety and quality patient care, Mackenzie Health is a health care leader with a wide variety of academic partners. Mackenzie Health includes Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital, the future Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital, as well as a comprehensive network of community-based services in Richmond Hill, Vaughan and the surrounding communities.

Markham Stouffville Hospital is a progressive, two-site community hospital with leading diagnostic services and clinical programs in acute care medicine and surgery, addictions and mental health and maternal and child rehab/transitional care; all of which are focused on the needs ofits rapidly growing communities. Partnering with other specialist providers, the over 450 physicians, 17 midwives, and 1,900 staff of the hospital make it the centre of community care for the almost 400,000 residents of Markham, Stouffville and Uxbridge.
 
Michael Garron Hospital is an award-winning urban community teaching hospital that has served the diverse population of East Toronto since 1929 when it opened as a 110-bed general hospital. The hospital consists of its primary site on Coxwell Avenue and two satellite offices that provide community-based mental health and withdrawal management services. The hospital has developed a revitalized patient-centred focus and, additionally, staff and physicians are committed to reducing avoidable health inequities to ensure that everyone from their diverse catchment area has equitable access to quality care.
 
North York General Hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto, is one of Canada's leading community academic hospitals. The hospital offers a culturally diverse community a wide range of acute care, ambulatory and long-term care services acrossmultiple sites. Through partnerships, collaboration and academic endeavours, North York General seeks to set new standards for patient- and family-centred care. Working together with patients and their families, we are making a world of difference.

St. Joseph's Health Centre is a community teaching hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto, serving the health care needs of the city's west end. The hospital's vision is to advance the health of their community by being Canada's best community teaching health centre. Their people – staff, physicians, volunteers and students – live their vision and values every day, and are committed to serving patients and their local community with compassion.

Southlake Regional Health Centre is a full-service hospital with a regional, clinically advanced focus. Southlake offers almost 400 patient beds and accommodates more than 90,000 visits to the Emergency Department, 22,000 inpatient admissions, and 600,000 outpatient visits each year. As a regionally designated site, Southlake is responsible for developing and providing advanced levels of care to the more thanone million people who reside in York Region, Simcoe County, and in some cases, as far north as Muskoka.


News Release January 22, 2018 — Joint Centres for Transformative Healthcare Innovation welcomes new partner to expand innovation in community hospitals
 
Joint Centres for Transformative Healthcare Innovation welcomes new partner to expand innovation in community hospitals

January 22, 2018 — The Joint Centres for Transformative Healthcare Innovation is pleased to welcome Humber River Hospital as a new member.

Humber River Hospital will join the six founding members— Mackenzie Health, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Michael Garron Hospital, North York General Hospital, Southlake Regional Health Centre, and St. Joseph's Health Centre in their ongoing commitment to fostering a culture of innovation in healthcare.

Collectively,the Joint Centres hospitals have worked on a number of initiatives including violence prevention in the workplace and infection prevention and control. The partners have also spread a number of successful innovations including reducing the number of C-sections and Choosing Wisely – an Adopting Research to Improve Care (ARTIC) Program supported project aimed at reducing unnecessary medical treatments. More recently they have added strategies to reduce harm as an area of focus. These are consistent with the overall objectives of collaboration and innovation, engagement, awareness and advocacy and capacity.

The partnership is active throughout the year and once a year has a showcase for the hospitals and other partners to highlight some of the innovations and collaborations. This year, the showcase, InnovationEx, will be celebrating its fifth year with an event on May 4 at the BMO Institute for Learning.

“We are thrilled to have Humber River Hospital join the Joint Centres partnership,” say Jo-anne Marr, Chair of the collaborative and President and CEO of Markham Stouffville Hospital. “We have had great success to date and are looking to further that success with a new partner. Humber brings a great commitment to innovation and patient care and we are so excited to be working with the team.”

With Humber joining the Joint Centres, all large hospitals in the Central LHIN are now members – further increasing the ability to impact patient care across that LHIN. “Through the Joint Centres, we have the ability to impact over a million patients and that is tremendously exciting,” says Marr.

“At this time in Humber River Hospital's evolution, we thought it was a great time to join the Joint Centres and become a full partner,” says Barb Collins, President and CEO, Humber River Hospital. “With our move to a brand new building, we had the opportunity to build innovation into our everyday practice. We are excited to share that learning with our Joint Centres partners and to benefit from the great work that they have been doing for the past five years.”

Contact
Lisa Joyce
Vice President, Corporate Communications
Markham Stouffville Hospital
905-472-7032
ljoyce@msh.on.ca

About the Joint Centres for Transformative Healthcare Innovation

The Joint Centres is a partnership between seven large community hospitals focused on collaboration and sharing to improve quality, safety and performance in health care. The Joint Centres comprise Humber River Hospital, Mackenzie Health, Markham Stouffville Hospital, Michael Garron Hospital, North York General Hospital, Southlake Regional Health Centre and St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto. The goals are to: seek and share innovative ideas that improve service delivery and / or value across the system, serve as a living laboratory to demonstrate innovation, provide a forum for the rapid execution of new ideas, technologies, products and processes to improve system performance and create opportunities for shared innovation, learning and knowledge transfer among the member organizations, their staff and physicians.