Dean Steini Brown among experts advising Ontario on health-care policy
By: Chris Sorensen, Communications Officer University of Toronto
A health-care advisory council struck by the Ontario government will draw on the expertise of Professor Adalsteinn Brown, Dean of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
The province said today Brown is among the members of the council, first revealed back in June, that will recommend a strategic, long-term vision for health care in Ontario.
Led by U of T alumnus and former Humber River Hospital CEO Rueben Devlin, the council is made up of 11 health-system experts and is charged with tackling such hot button issues as hospital overcrowding and “hallway medicine,” which refers to the practice of treating patients on stretchers in hospital hallways.
“This is an important opportunity to work collaboratively with government to make our health system better,” said Brown. “By exploring ways to improve efficiency, patient satisfaction and health outcomes, we can improve health at a population level and health services at a system level.”
Premier Doug Ford and Deputy Premier Christine Elliott, who is also minister of health and long-term care, revealed the makeup of the Council on Improving Health Care and Ending Hallway Medicine alongside a $90-million plan to add 640 new hospital beds and spaces in the province. They said the new spaces were an “immediate measure” to help communities prepare for the upcoming flu season. The government said it was also planning to move foward with a plan to add 6,000 new long-term care beds across Ontario.
“One patient treated in a hallway is one patient too many,” Ford said in a statement. “It’s unacceptable that people are still waiting hours before seeing a doctor, or are forced to lie on stretchers in hospital hallways when they do finally get care.”
He added his government plans to add more than 15,000 new long-term care beds over the next five years.
Other members on the province’s advisory council with U of T connections include:
- Connie Clerici, the founder and CEO of Closing the Gap Healthcare and an adjunct lecturer at U of T’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME)
- Shirlee Sharkey, the CEO of Saint Elizabeth Health and an adjunct professor at IHPME
- Richard Reznick, dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at Queen’s University and the inaugural director of the U of T Wilson Centre for Research in Education
- Kimberly Moran, the CEO of Children’s Mental Health Ontario who was previously a special adviser to U of T’s dean in the Faculty of Medicine
- Michael Decter, the CEO of investment firm LDIC and a former senior research scholar at U of T’s Joint Centre for Bioethics
Elliott said in a statement hallway health care was a “multifaceted problem that will require innovative solutions.”