Community Health Services Integration Strategy - Durham Cluster 

Starting in spring 2012, a group of Health Service Providers (HSPs) from Durham Region met as part of a facilitated integration process at the direction of the Central East Local Health Integration Network.  Please review the information and links below to follow the group's progress as they first met to develop their integration plan through to current status today. 

Community Health Services Integration – Durham Cluster, Group 1 Integration Plan

After a year of engagement and due diligence, the Boards of the 10 organizations that formed the Durham Cluster CHS Integration Planning Team reviewed and decided in February and March 2013 whether they approved integrations affecting their organizations that were contained in the “Community Health Services Integration – Durham Cluster, Group 1 Integration Plan”.

The 187-page Plan included information on how the facilitated integration process began, a profile of the Durham Cluster, the current state of community health services, an outline of how integration opportunities were identified, a high level analysis of the options, the proposed DRAFT Integrated Service Delivery Model and information on proposed transition planning and implementation.

  • To download a copy of the Integration Plan, please click HERE.

At the LHIN's March 27, 2013 Board meeting a series of motions were passed, incorporating the decisions made by each of the 10 organizations at their board meetings.

  • To download a copy of the March 27th presentation and motions, please click HERE.

With the strategic goals of improving client access to high-quality services, creating readiness for future health system transformation and making the best use of the public’s investment, LHIN staff worked with the respective organizations on each of the integrations.

Current Status

Integration of hospice services between Durham Hospice and VON for Canada (Ontario Branch, Durham Region Site) - updated April 2, 2015

On April 1st, 2015 Durham Hospice successfully transitioned the delivery of its Information and Education, Bereavement, Palliative Care, and Day Hospice programs to VON Durham (Victorian Order of Nurses).  Under the new program name, VON Durham Hospice Services, services continue to be provided to existing clients with no interruption and access to all services remains the same.  VON also announced that all staff and volunteers of Durham Hospice were warmly welcomed as new members of the VON family.  Transition of Durham Hospice will enable staff and volunteers to offer a wider variety of programs and services and continue to identify unmet needs in the community. The office location remains the same and all donations and support should be directed to VON Durham Hospice Services at www.von.ca.

Integration between The Youth Centre and the Oshawa Community Health Centre to form a single integrated CHC to serve South Durham - updated April 20, 2015

On January 28, 2015, the Board Chairs from the Oshawa Community Health Centre (OCHC) and The Youth Centre (TYC) presented an integration and transition plan at the Open Meeting of the Central East LHIN Board of Directors that will see their two organizations amalgamate into a single Community Health Centre by October 2015.  In their presentation, the Board Chairs of both the Oshawa Community Health Centre and The Youth Centre stated that their Boards agreed that the creation of an integrated Community Health Centre, that builds on the combined strengths and capacities of both organizations, will allow a new organization to achieve a continuum of consistent, quality services and resources for clients in South Durham including Whitby and Pickering.  To review the presentations, please click HERE. The two organizations are currently recruiting strong community leaders to the Transition Governance Committee which will eventually become the new Board of Directors for the amalgamated CHC. To learn more about this opportunity, please click HERE.

Integration of congregate dining services and supportive housing between Community Care Durham and Sunrise Seniors – complete

The Board of Sunrise Seniors worked with Community Care Durham to develop a transition plan that transferred the accountability for delivering Congregate Dining and Supportive Housing from Sunrise to CCD effective August 31, 2013.  Together the two organizations developed a plan that saw services transferred without any disruption to the residents of the Sunrise Seniors buildings including the ongoing availability of the Lifeline support system. 

Integration of congregate dining services and supportive housing between Community Care Durham and Faith Place Support Services - complete

Staff teams from Faith Place and Community Care Durham developed a transition plan that transferred the accountability for delivering Congregate Dining and Supportive Housing from Faith Place to CCD effective April 1, 2014.  Together the two organizations developed a plan that saw services transferred without any disruption to the residents of the Faith Place building.

Integration of volunteer visiting services between Community Care Durham and VON for Canada (Ontario Branch, Durham Region Site - complete

Staff team from VON and CCD worked together to ensure that the transition of Volunteer Visiting Services that had been provided by Victorian Order of Nurses Canada, Ontario Branch, in Durham Region (VON) was seamlessly transferred to Community Care Durham (CCD) effective April 1, 2014. The transfer of services enhanced the range of services available to clients, better integrated services with other community based support services and ensured that services are sustainable for the long-term.

Integration to create a “Durham North Zone” partnership and strategic alliance - complete

A group of health care providers, delivering care in the North Zone of the Durham Cluster created a partnership and strategic alliance so that health care access for local residents will be provided as close to home as possible, and so that those in greatest need will receive coordinated care and support, and those at highest risk will receive the assistance required. With the shared goal of delivering on a collaborative and client focused approach based on evidence and best practice and rooted in the promotion of health and wellbeing to build a healthier north Durham Region, the partnership continues to work together.  To view their latest update to the Central East LHIN Board of Directors, please click HERE.