Strategic Partnership Accelerates Innovation in Chatham-Kent


CHATHAM-KENT: June 19, 2015 – Chatham-Kent Health Alliance (CKHA) is quickly gaining a reputation as an organization that embraces innovation through collaborative partnerships with system and industry partners. This willingness to drive solutions and take risks to best serve patients and improve the system is also starting to reap impressive results. Part of this success story is due to the relationship CKHA has built with the International Centre for Health Innovation, Ivey School of Business, Western University. This symbiotic partnership recently led to the creation of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between both organizations to accelerate innovation within the region. 

(left to right) Dr. Anne Snowdon, Chair, International Centre for Health Innovation (ICHI), moderated a presentation and discussion that explores what it means to think and act on innovation adoption at a system level during the Canadian College of Health Leaders Conference, held earlier this week. The presentation included a panel of various perspectives from Sarah Padfield, Chief Operating Officer, CKHA; Jean Mireault, Vice President, Clinical Affairs, MediaMed Technologies; and Nancy Snobelen, Director, Service Integration, CKHA. Absent from photo: Gary Switzer, Chief Executive Officer, Erie St. Clair Local Health Integration Network.

“The concept of a healthcare ecosystem has already been established but in no other place in Canada is it as mature as what we’re seeing in Chatham-Kent,” suggested Dr. Anne Snowdon, Chair, International Centre for Health Innovation. “Innovation within the hospital and into the community both through mental health and the Chatham-Kent Health Link, is flourishing. It’s unprecedented and impressive so we are very excited to be in this region to drive innovation forward.”
As a pillar within the hospital’s strategic plan, CKHA’s commitment to innovation has long been established and celebrated. However, the organization has recently started to realize the benefits of combining its internal culture of innovation, its leadership position within the local system and industry partners, in large part due to the support and influence afforded by its new relationship with Ivey.
“We’ve always been proud of our commitment to innovation at CKHA. By formalizing our relationship with Dr. Snowdon and her team, we are able to expand our efforts and work with industry partners from across the country to help shape solutions for Ontario’s healthcare system,” explained Sarah Padfield, Chief Operating Officer, CKHA.  “We’re extremely excited about the work we already have underway and the opportunities this partnership presents to our hospital and community in future.” 
CKHA’s MOU with Ivey outlines a number of key deliverables including:
• Nurture the innovation ecosystem that already exists within Chatham-Kent
• Implement or support projects in the areas of  Mental Health and Health Links to drive the collaboration between providers to support improved patient outcomes
• Enhance patient and provider communication through the development of mobile solutions 
• Create an ongoing dialogue and opportunities to realize partnerships across sectors, systems and delivery agents that directly benefit patients, the hospital and the health system. 
Media Contact:
Sarah Padfield
Chief Operating Officer
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance
519.352.6401  x 6035

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