CEO confirmed for the new South West LHIN

February 3, 2017
Sent on behalf of Jeff Low, Board Chair, South West LHIN


On December 7, 2016, Ontario passed Bill 41, the Patients First Act 2016.  The approval of this legislation is a significant step in supporting the transformation of the health system, and is intended to put the needs of patients at the centre of the health care system. As part of this transformation, CCACs will be integrated into the LHINs beginning as early as May 1, 2017.

The South West LHIN and CCAC have a strong history of collaboration, and will leverage the collective expertise throughout this integration to come together as one organization. The South West CCAC has played a critical role in that success by coordinating and delivering services that have helped people leave hospital earlier, and stay independent in their homes longer.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that Michael Barrett will continue in his role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the South West LHIN as the Patients First Act is implemented locally, and the South West CCAC is integrated into the LHIN. 

In transferring the functions and employees of the CCACs to LHINs, the Board’s foremost priority is to maintain the continuity of patient care. The Board has expressed its confidence in Michael to ensure that continuity of patient care remains paramount.

The Board has also expressed its strong support for all staff of both the CCAC and LHIN that work hard every day to provide or support high quality care to patients across the communities of the South West.  Leading up to this transition, the Board has asked that Michael work closely with both CCAC and LHIN staff to listen to them, and gather input and advice to support bringing the best of each organization forward into one organization.  Please watch for more information in the coming weeks around staff engagement.

The Board is pleased that Michael can bring his history of health system leadership to the new LHIN.  In addition to his LHIN responsibilities, he provides leadership to several key provincial initiatives including the Provincial Council for Maternal and Child Health, the Province of Ontario Digital Health Board, the Public Health Executive Steering Committee, Critical Care Services Ontario, and the Southwestern Ontario Academic Health Network.

As my time as LHIN Board Chair comes to a close, I am pleased that the South West LHIN Board of Directors has reached this first milestone as we bring the two organizations together here in the South West. We look forward to building on our progress to date, and leveraging our collective expertise as we move forward to achieve a more integrated health system in Ontario.

Jeff Low, Board Chair, South West LHIN