South West LHIN bids farewell to Board Chair Jeff Low

NEWS
February 6, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

London, ON – The South West LHIN bids farewell today to outgoing Board Chair Jeff Low.  Jeff has served as Board Chair for six years (two terms) with the South West LHIN.

At his final Board meeting in January, Jeff reflected on the important work the Board has supported to help patients and their families live in a more integrated health care system, with an improved patient experience, and higher-quality care.

“Health care is very near and dear to me,” he said. “I have travelled to every corner of this LHIN and I have had the opportunity to meet with some amazing and dedicated people and learn about the health care needs and priorities in their communities.”

An experienced leader, Jeff facilitated and participated in numerous engagement sessions throughout the LHIN with patients, clients, residents, caregivers, health care providers and their governors, and other system partners to gather feedback on LHIN initiatives and priorities over the years.  

During Jeff’s tenure as Board Chair, key achievements for the South West LHIN and its health system partners have included: 

  • The ongoing realignment of acute and rehabilitative impatient stroke care from 28 hospitals to 7 hospitals to ensure every patient who suffers a stroke in the South West LHIN receives the most appropriate care possible;
  • Implementing and streamlining Access to Care – an approach to health care delivery, which provides supports to seniors and adults with complex needs in the community rather than in the hospital;
  • The creation of spaces in the community for patients requiring long-term mechanical ventilation allowing them to move from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to community partners like Participation House;
  • Establishing the Life or Limb policy across the LHIN which was later adopted provincially. The policy ensures no patient with conditions that could cause loss of life or limb wait to be transferred to, or are refused care at, the hospital that is best suited to meet their critical care needs;
  • More than 2,500 people have taken Indigenous Cultural Safety Training to increase their knowledge, enhance self-awareness, and strengthen their skills to help provide safer care for Indigenous patients;
  • Working to advance the Patients First: Action Plan for Health Care by beginning to implement the provisions of the Patients First Act, 2016, which became law on December 8, 2016.  Under the Act, the LHIN Board of Directors will expand from 9 to 12 members.

Previously, Jeff has more than 16 years of governance experience in health care and education. He has served on the boards of London Health Sciences Centre (including a two-year term as Chair), the London Health Sciences Foundation, Lawson Research Institute, the University of Western Ontario Development Committee, and Huron University College.

A new Board Chair for the LHIN has not yet been appointed.  Lori Van Opstal, Vice Chair, will serve as Interim Board Chair until the appointment of the new Board Chair is complete.

QUOTES

“It has been an honour to serve as Board Chair for the South West LHIN. I am proud of the work we have done to improve health care for our residents, and I wish the Board, and new Board Chair, as well as the South West LHIN staff and all of our health system partners the very best of luck in the future.”

– Jeff Low, outgoing Board Chair, South West LHIN

“It has been a privilege working with Jeff on the South West LHIN Board. Throughout his career, Jeff has inspired countless board members, including myself. Jeff consistently shows genuine respect and admiration for all of our health service provider governors – and he recognizes them as being a vital component of the health care system.”

– Lori Van Opstal, Vice Chair and Interim Board Chair, South West LHIN