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'Central LHIN does not fund residential hospices'to the editor,
Posted October 23, 2013
I read with interest your article about Matthews House and am connecting with you today to provide clarifying details about Central LHIN's role with respect to palliative care and the funding of residential hospices, which you may find helpful for future articles.
I would like to first say that Central LHIN is committed to working with both our funded and non-funded health service providers to find new ways to strengthen palliative care for patients in our communities, and to support more patients through the end of life period in their preferred locations.
This year, for example, the Central LHIN has made a commitment to develop a regional vision and plan for palliative care in Central LHIN, which will be achieved by working together with the LHIN's recently formed Central Hospice Palliative Care Program Council and the Central Community Access Centre (CCAC).
It's also very important to note that Central LHIN does not fund residential hospices, as it is outside the LHIN scope and mandate as defined by the Local Health Service Integration Act, 2006 (LHSIA).
Rather, funding for residential hospices is approved by the Ministry of
Health and Long-Term Care. The funding amount of $38,000 that Matthews
House Hospice receives is actually from Stevenson Memorial Hospital,
and does not flow directly from Central LHIN.