Central East LHIN Patient and Family Advisory Committee
Since its inception, the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) has recognized the value of listening to the voice of patients and their family/caregivers. Taking action on the lived experience of patients and their caregivers has resulted in the establishment of new programs, improvements to existing services and, when warranted, the re-design or re-assignment of accountability for services.
To support the implementation of the 2016-19 Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP 4) by the LHIN and its Health Service Providers (HSPs), the Central East LHIN developed a Patient and Family Engagement Strategy and, in late October 2016, actively recruited community members to participate in a Central East LHIN Patient and Family Advisory Committee (PFAC).
After an excellent response to the call, six individuals, who have been patients, or caregivers of patients in the Central East LHIN, and who reflect the diversity of the people and communities within the LHIN, have been invited to join the committee as inaugural members.
Members of the Central East LHIN Patient and Family Advisory Committee
Randy Filinski, Pickering - Co-Chair
Randy Filinski is a resident of Pickering who has taken a keen interest in health care over the last 14 years since retiring from IBM. Specifically, Randy has focused on senior health care issues from a consumer and caregiver point of view.
Having enjoyed employment as a marketing and sales executive with IBM on a global basis for 22 years, he decided to redirect his energies to explore volunteer opportunities in the health care sector in his local community. He has volunteered for several Boards and Local Advisory Committees and has worked actively in many programs such as Community Care Durham, VON Central East and Durham, the United Way, the Durham Cancer Society, Habitat for Humanity Durham North, Durham West Special Olympics, RVHS Community Advisory Group and many others on an event basis.
In addition to volunteering, he has researched health care from a consumer point of view in all sectors in Durham, and, with the announcement of the LHINs, has focused on the Central East Region. As a consumer, he has been an active member in the development of the Central East LHIN from the first meeting in 2004 and has worked on various LHIN committees focused on the Seamless Care for Seniors initiative, the Aging At Home work groups and recently, worked with a team developing a set of Regional Specialized Geriatric Services for the Central East LHIN now known as the Seniors Care Network.
Over the past 6 years, he has chaired the Ajax-Pickering CARP Chapter with over 4,000 members and has developed a community health care advocacy team focused on patient/caregiver health care for seniors and caregivers.
Recently, he has been selected to the Ontario Patient/Caregiver Advisory Panel to represent the community in the effort to improve home and community care, a directive from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care for Ontario.
His objective, as a non-health care professional, is to bring a very strong focus from a consumer point of view to all sectors of health care and utilize his community contacts and marketing, integration and project management skills for the betterment of health care in his community.
Mieko Ise, Toronto
Mieko Ise started her career in the corporate sector and then made the decision to offer her marketing skills to the charitable sector. Over the past 25 years she has managed fundraising programs that have raised millions of dollars for a variety of organizations and causes dealing in the arts, environment, health care and social services. During this time she has also coordinated the efforts and motivated the spirits of thousands of volunteers. She is an avid practitioner for building strong, synergistic relationships between donors, volunteers and the charities they serve, as well as for strategically developing new initiatives that balance the needs of all parties and that enrich the concept of giving within the community.
Mieko has also been for many years a volunteer at the board, committee and front-line levels with a diverse group of organizations and looks forward to serving on the Central East LHIN’s Patient-Family Advisory Committee.
||Craig Lindsay, Toronto
Craig Lindsay was born and raised in Scarborough. Having worked previously in Emergency Health Services, he is a recent kidney and pancreas transplant recipient. Craig is active as a volunteer, chairing the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital Home Dialysis Peer Support Program and co-chairing the Scarborough Regional Nephrology Program Patient and Family Advisory Council. He has served as a member of the Scarborough and Rouge Hospital Community and Patient Advisory Council, actively embedding the patient voice in care planning and delivery within the hospital. He enjoys volunteering with the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Ontario Branch.
|Patricia Teskey, Lindsay
Patricia has been an advocate for people with mental health problems and their families for more than 20 years. She volunteered with mental health organizations in Toronto before moving to the town of Lindsay in rural Ontario in 2008 where she joined the Board of Directors of the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. In 2016 Patricia coordinated and led a family group that successfully advocated for a family caregiver to be appointed to the Mental Health and Addictions Leadership Advisory Council of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
In 2000 Patricia made a presentation at the Government of Ontario’s public hearings for proposed changes to the Mental Health Act. In 2009 she made a presentation at public hearings of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, tri-party Select Committee on Mental Health and Addictions, which was developing recommendations for a comprehensive mental health and addictions action plan for Ontario. She also speaks to community groups to promote awareness and inclusion of people with mental health problem and their families.
As a professional writer and editor, Patricia’s er Harticles in the health field have been published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal; Schizophrenia Magazine; Anchor: Overcoming depression, bipolar and anxiety; and the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario’s A Reason to Hope.
|Kerrianne Thompson, Whitby
Kerrianne brings her knowledge as a patient, family caregiver, and Registered Nurse to this committee. Kerrianne’s family caregiver experience with her father, took her through both the long-term care and hospital settings from fall 2013 till spring 2017. Kerrianne has practiced as a Registered Nurse for over 13 years, and has a nursing diploma from Durham College, and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Ryerson University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Nursing degree from Athabasca University. Her nursing experience includes both hospital (Medicine and Telemetry) and public health nursing (Infectious Disease Prevention and Control, Chronic Disease Prevention, and Prevention of Injury and Substance Misuse). Kerrianne is currently employed as a Public Health Nurse for the Regional Municipality of Durham.
Kerrianne currently volunteers as a workplace liaison for the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario, and is on the Patient and Family Experience Advisory Council (PFEAC) for Lakeridge Health. She has held previous volunteer roles at Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre, and as a nursing preceptor assisting various post-secondary institutions.
Kerrianne is a Whitby resident, and has resided there for the last 12 years.
*Kerrianne’s membership role on this committee is personal in nature, and is not affiliated with the above-mentioned organizations.
|Anne-Marie Yaraskavitch, Whitby - Co-Chair
Anne-Marie brings a mixture of family caregiver and patient knowledge to her role as a member of the Central East LHIN’s Patient and Family Advisory Committee.
She has had first-hand experience within the health care system as a family caregiver supporting loved ones living with cardiovascular disease, dementia and cancer and has also journeyed with a loved one receiving palliative care services at end of life. Her family caregiver experiences have occurred in hospital, community and long term care settings, in both urban and rural communities. She herself has also been a patient in both hospital and community settings.
Since her retirement in 2001 Anne-Marie has concentrated her volunteer efforts in areas related to health care initiatives focused on improving the system of care and support for patients and family caregivers, with a special focus on older adults. Anne-Marie also has a special interest in palliative care. She is currently a public member on the board of the Seniors Care Network in the Central East LHIN. Anne-Marie’s past volunteer work has included being a senior/caregiver representative on the Central East LHIN’s Seamless Care for Seniors Steering Committee, the Central East LHIN Caregiver Support and Well-Being Priority Project and the Seniors Care Network’s Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Network (GAIN) redesign project. She is also a past board member of the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region, the Durham Senior Games and a past chair of the Dementia Network of Durham Region.
Anne-Marie’s 28 year career with Bell Canada spanned work in a number of areas within the organization, including leadership positions in client services and business management. After her retirement in 2001 she pursued studies in the area of aging, completing a bachelor’s degree in Gerontology.
Anne-Marie and her husband have lived in Whitby for over 30 years.
Terms of Reference
Based on its Terms of Reference, the PFAC will both advise and collaborate with the Central East LHIN, its leaders, HSPs and staff regarding system-level policies, practices, and strategy, planning, and delivery of patient- and family-centred care within the Central East LHIN region as members:
- Identify strategic priorities relating to patient- and family-centred care, and supporting/ co-designing solutions to help realize these priorities.
- Provide direction and support on system-level practice change relating to patient- and family-centred care.
- Develop draft policies or position papers in support of policy change aimed at supporting patient- and family-centred care.
- Identify opportunities for improving quality of care in the Central East LHIN, and participate in quality improvement activities.
- Establish a strategy to increase meaningful patient engagement, and advance the culture of patient- and family-centred care within the Central East LHIN.
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For more information on the establishment of the provincial Patient and Family Advisory Council, please visit the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care website - Public Information.