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Residential long-term care in Canada is characterized by unequal access and quality problems largely due to inadequate public funding and regulation, commercial involvement and its exclusion from medicare.” Irene Jansen, Senior Research Officer, Canadian Union of Public Employees. More here.


The Importance of Asking the Right Questions by Clayton M. Christensen

Off the Cuff

For ten days now “Thirty Questions for Long Term Care in Canada” has been the most popular page on Longwoods.com. Fortuitously, Tomorrow (March 2nd) you can hear Jeff Lozon respond. Mr. Lozon heads up Revera, one of North America’s largest providers of long-term care. To make sure we get the latest thinking from the Conference Board, Christina Bisanz, CEO of the Ontario Long Term Care Association, will respond to his thoughts on the future of LTC. And, in case they miss the point, Camille Orridge, CEO of the Toronto Central LHIN, will host the Q&A session. Watch for her to embrace the theme “getting to the root of the issue.”  Find these presenters at Breakfast with the Chiefs 8 am tomorrow at Mount Sinai:  Register here.

[Skinny dipping, disco dancing in blue satin pyjamas, stealing a kiss in the back of a car, watching a scary movie, being served grapes and champagne while stretching out on a chaise lounge, getting ready for the Big Date, grabbing a late night snack…and more… the lighter side of Reverafrom our undercover reporters.]

AND: to help you focus your mind on long-term care we have just published an issue of HealthcarePapers on the topic. It is available for free – for today only. Enjoy it here:

If you want your social network to get the benefit of this just forward this email to whomever. Tomorrow it will be available for purchase and to our subscribers.

. . . and from the pay for performance file.
Age, Health, and the Willingness to Pay for Mortality Risk Reductions: A Contingent Valuation Survey of Ontario Residents
| Alan Krupnick, Anna Alberini, Maureen Cropper, Nathalie Simon, Bernie O’Brien, Ron Goeree, and Martin Heintzelman.

Our mean willingness to pay estimates for a contemporaneous risk reduction imply a value of a statistical life ranging approximately from $1.2 to $3.8 million (1999 C$), depending on the size of the risk change valued, which is at or below estimates commonly used in environmental cost-benefit analyses by the Canadian and the U.S. governments. Interestingly, we find that age has no effect on willingness to pay until roughly age 70+ (the value of a statistical life is about $0.6 million for this age group) and that physical health status, with the possible exception of having cancer, has no effect. We also find that being mentally healthy raises willingness to pay substantially. In addition, compared with estimates of willingness to pay for contemporaneous risk reductions, mean willingness to pay estimates for risk reductions of the same magnitude but beginning at age 70 are more than 50% smaller. More.

“Most people don’t believe they are capable of initiative.

Initiating a project, a blog, a wikipedia article, a family journey. Initiating something even when you’re not putatively in charge. At the same time, almost all people believe they are capable of editing, giving feedback or merely criticizing. Where do you fall in? Here is Seth Godin’s take on this.

Find out why the Editor-in-Chief of Nursing Leadership believes “…we need a system of healthcare services that supports Canadians in their homes and communities.”

For the next 2 days only – you can subscribe to Nursing Leadership for ½ the regular price. Go to Subscribe and enter this coupon code to get your discount: NL0211

Make sure to be the 1st to know each time an issue is published – sign up for our free New Issue Alerts.

You are invited to submit abstracts for new material focused on Child Health Special Issue #3.

We are looking for a particular emphasis on quality and service improvements with measurable results; new models of care that have improved access, quality and  outcomes; local, provincial or national initiatives aimed at quality, standards or outcomes; system integration improvements, organizational improvements that align strategy with outcomes; a call for action to remove barriers at the policy level that interfere with child health access. Mary Jo Haddad, Editor in Chief. More here.

Our Editors Recommend


Breakfast with the Chiefs

Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Jeff Lozon, President and CEO of Revera Inc.
Christina Bisanz, CEO of the Ontario Long Term Care Association
With Camille Orridge, CEO of the Toronto Central LHIN, as the Intervener
Topic: Integrating with Long Term Care. Now is the Time.
Location: Mount Sinai Hospital, Ben Sadowski Auditorium, 18th Floor, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, ON
Sponsors: Accenture, Baxter and Johnson and Johnson Medical Products
Register here

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Saäd Rafi, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and
Steven Lewis, health policy and research consultant based in Saskatoon, and Adjunct Professor of Health Policy at the University of Calgary and Simon Fraser University.
Topic: Can Economics Compete with Politics in Ontario’s healthcare system?
Location: Mount Sinai Hospital, Ben Sadowski Auditorium, 18th Floor, 600 University Avenue, Toronto, ON
Sponsors: Accenture, PricewaterhouseCoopers and sanofi aventis
Register here

Upcoming Speakers – Details and registration will be announced in this space soon or sign up for New Events Alerts to be the 1st to know

  • Richard Alvarez, President and CEO, and Jennifer Zelmer, Senior Vice President, Clinical Adoption and Innovation, Canada Health Infoway – April 2011
  • Dr. Stephen Duckett – May 2011
  • Dr. Robert Howard, President and CEO, St. Michael’s Hospital – June 2011
  • Dr. Robert Bell, Dr. Mary Ferguson-Paré and Sholom Glouberman – September 2011

Past Presentations can be found here.  All Audio and Video Presentations can be found here.

Corporate Canada looking to participate in these highly visible programs can contact Matthew Hart at mhart@longwoods.comHealthcare Institutions who would like to send their staff to participate in these programs can contact Rebecca Hart at rhart@longwoods.com

For sponsorship information, please contact Matthew Hart at 416-864-9667 x113 or email mhart@longwoods.com

The small print: Breakfast with the Chiefs registration requirements for individuals working at Healthcare Facilities: To attend any or all sessions over a season, you must hold a current subscription to at least one Longwoods’ journal. There is also a one- time registration fee available.  If you are not sure of your status and want more information please contact Sarah Lieberman at slieberman@longwoods.com.


March 2-3, 2011: Mississauga, ON. QWQHC 5th Annual Summit
March 4, 2011: Toronto, ON. Clostridium Difficile: A Superbug Under the Microscope
March 9, 2011: Webcast. Why Today’s Health Care Leaders Must Embrace Social Media
March 20, 2011-November 24, 2011. Multiple Locations. Physician Management Institute leadership development program
March 24 & 25, 2011: Toronto, ON. Nursing Leadership Network of Ontario 2011 Conference
April 4-5, 2011: Toronto, ON. Healthcare Management Forum: Process Improvement and Operational Excellence
April 13, 2011: Ottawa, ON. Accessibility Conference: Making Your Workplace Accessible…Practical Tips, Tools, and Applications
May 4-5, 2011: Markham, ON. Ontario Gerontology Association, 30th Annual Conference
May 24-27, 2011: Toronto, ON. Dorothy Wylie Nursing and Health Leaders Institute
May 25-27, 2011: Muskoka, ON. First Annual National Nursing Executives Summit
June 9-10, 2011: Toronto, ON. Physician Leadership Summit

Add your conference to the Longwoods eLetter here
Conferences on the Longwoods site
Ontario Hospital Association conferences.
Events in Global Health at the University of North Carolina

For more information please contact conferences@longwoods.com

Transitions and Awards

Wally Wiwchar named as a director for North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN).
Carmine Tiano to Interim Health And Safety Prevention Council.  He is Director of the WSIB Advocacy and Occupational Services, Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario
Carolyn Watters to Vice-President Academic and Provost, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS
Domenic Mattina to Interim Health And Safety Prevention Council Appointed.   He is Vice-President of Sales and Estimating at Mattina Mechanical Ltd.
Dr. Daniel O’Brien to Chair, Board of Directors, Capital Health, NS
Dr. Mary Bluechardt to Vice-President, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, St. John’s, NL
Dr. Michael E. Shannon to President, Medizone International, Inc
Dr. Tim McTiernan to President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Oshawa, ON
Joan Eakin to Interim Health And Safety Prevention Council Appointed. He is Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
John A. Macnamara to Interim Health And Safety Prevention Council.   He is Vice President, Health, Safety and Environment, Hydro One
Paavo Kivisto heads up Interim Health And Safety Prevention Council of Ontario.
Samantha Wells gets her own research bus at CAMH, Toronto, ON
Shirley McClellan to Chancellor, University of Lethbridge, AB
Vernon Edwards to Interim Health And Safety Prevention Council Appointed. He is Health and Safety Director, Ontario Federation of Labour

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Featured Careers

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