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Ontario Introduces A Plan to Stay Open
Robert McKenzie
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Ontario Introduces A Plan to Stay Open

Health System Stability and Recovery

TORONTO, THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~  August 18, 2022  (LNSNews)   Plan hires up to 6,000 additional health care workers, frees up 2,500 more hospital beds and temporarily covers cost of examination, application and registration fees for retired and internationally trained nurses

The Ontario government introduced its Plan to Stay Open: Health System Stability and Recovery, a five-point plan to provide the best care possible to patients and residents while ensuring the resources and supports are in place to keep the province and economy open. The plan further bolsters Ontario’s health care workforce, expands innovative models of care and ensures hospital beds are there for patients when they need them.

When fully implemented, this next phase of the Plan to Stay Open will add up to 6,000 more health care workers. Combined with the initiatives included in the first phase of the plan that are adding 13,000 more staff, the two plans together are adding 19,000 more health care workers, including nurses and personal support workers, to Ontario’s health workforce. It will also free up over 2,500 hospital beds so that care is there for those who need it, and expand models of care that provide better, more appropriate care to avoid unnecessary visits to emergency departments.

The next phase of Ontario’s Plan to Stay Open also temporarily covers the costs of examination, application and registration fees for internationally trained and retired nurses, so they can resume or begin caring for patients sooner.

Some key highlights of the plan include:

TORONTO — The Ontario government introduced its Plan to Stay Open: Health System Stability and Recovery, a five-point plan to provide the best care possible to patients and residents while ensuring the resources and supports are in place to keep the province and economy open. The plan further bolsters Ontario’s health care workforce, expands innovative models of care and ensures hospital beds are there for patients when they need them.

“When we released our first Plan to Stay Open in March 2022, we made a promise to build an Ontario that is ready for the challenges of tomorrow because we can no longer accept the status quo,” said Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “The second phase of our plan will provide the support our health system needs to address the urgent pressures of today while preparing for a potential winter surge so our province and economy can stay open.”

When fully implemented, this next phase of the Plan to Stay Open will add up to 6,000 more health care workers. Combined with the initiatives included in the first phase of the plan that are adding 13,000 more staff, the two plans together are adding 19,000 more health care workers, including nurses and personal support workers, to Ontario’s health workforce. It will also free up over 2,500 hospital beds so that care is there for those who need it, and expand models of care that provide better, more appropriate care to avoid unnecessary visits to emergency departments.

The next phase of Ontario’s Plan to Stay Open also temporarily covers the costs of examination, application and registration fees for internationally trained and retired nurses, so they can resume or begin caring for patients sooner.

Some key highlights of the plan include:

Preserving our Hospital Capacity

  • To further bolster the fight against COVID-19 and help stop its spread, the government is continuing to provide access to testing for COVID-19, Paxlovid and Evusheld therapies for treatment for those who are eligible, with plans on expanding eligibility for Evusheld for high-risk populations in the coming weeks.
  • COVID-19 and flu shots will also continue to be provided to Ontarians so they can stay up to date with their vaccinations to protect themselves and reduce the number of hospitalizations due to respiratory illnesses.
  • Free rapid antigen tests will continue to be available to the general public at participating grocery and pharmacy retailers throughout the province as well as for workplaces, schools, and congregate settings.

Providing the Right Care in the Right Place

  • Ontario is expanding the hugely successful 9-1-1 models of care to include additional ailments and is now giving paramedics the flexibility to provide better, more appropriate care. Patients diverted from emergency departments through these models received the care they needed up to 17 times faster with 94 per cent of patients avoiding the emergency department in the days following treatment.
  • Ontario is implementing several initiatives to help avoid unnecessary hospitalizations, improve the process for ambulance offloading, and reintroduce respite services in long-term care.
  • Ontario is introducing legislation that, if passed, will support patients whose doctors have said they no longer need hospital treatment and should instead be placed in a long-term care home, while they wait for their preferred home.
  • Ontario continues to fund community paramedicine to provide additional care for seniors in the comfort of their own homes before their admission to a long-term care home. These initiatives will free up to 400 hospital beds.

Further Reducing Surgical Waitlists

  • Timely access to surgery is important for keeping patients healthy and reducing pressure on the health care system in the long-term. That is why the government is investing over $300 million in 2022–23 as part of the province’s surgical recovery strategy, bringing the total investment to $880 million over the last three fiscal years.
  • Ontario is working with hospital partners to identify innovative solutions to reduce wait times for surgeries and procedures, including considering options for further increasing surgical capacity by increasing the number of OHIP-covered surgical procedures performed at independent health facilities.
  • Ontario is investing more to increase surgeries in paediatric hospitals and existing private clinics covered by OHIP, as well as to fund more than 150,000 additional operating hours for hospital-based MRI and CT machines.

Easing Pressure on our Emergency Departments

  • Ontario is also launching a new provincial emergency department peer-to-peer program to provide additional on-demand, real-time support and coaching from experienced emergency physicians to aid in the management of patients presenting to rural emergency departments.
  • Ontario is adding 400 physician residents to support the workforce in northern and rural Ontario.
  • Ontario is working with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario to expedite the registration of doctors, including those from out-of-province and who may want to work in rural and northern emergency departments, so they can start working and caring for patients sooner.

Further Expanding Ontario’s Health Workforce

  • Ontario is working with the College of Nurses of Ontario and Ontario Health to expand funding for the supervised practice experience partnership program which has already supported over 600 international nurses in getting licensed since January. The province anticipates that by the end of the fiscal year another 400 international nurses will gain the practice and language requirements necessary to work in Ontario.
  • The Ontario government is also working with the College of Nurses of Ontario to reduce the financial barriers that may be stopping some retired or internationally trained nurses from receiving accreditation to resume or begin practicing by temporarily covering the cost of examination, application, and registration fees, saving them up to $1,500.
  • The province is aware that agency rates have increased significantly, creating instability for hospitals, long-term care homes and emergency departments. In response, Ontario will engage with our frontline partners to better understand how we can bring stability to hospitals and emergency departments, while protecting quality of care.

As actions in this plan are implemented in the coming weeks and months, Ontarians can expect to see faster access to health care, including lower wait times in emergency departments, lower wait times for surgical procedures and more care options right in their communities. Ontario will also significantly reduce the risk of a hospital bed shortage during a possible winter surge so that the province and economy can stay open.

“Expanding specialized supports for people with complex needs and supporting the transition from hospitals into long-term care, when appropriate, are key pieces of our government’s Plan to Stay Open: Health System Stability and Recovery,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care. “We are taking action to get Ontarians the right care in the right setting, where they can have the best possible quality of life, while freeing up much-needed hospital beds.”

"We are committed to working with our system partners to deliver on this plan and support front line health care workers," said Matthew Anderson, President & CEO of Ontario Health. “This plan provides both immediate and long-term strategies that will allow us to respond to current challenges and better integrate the system for the future."

Since the start of the pandemic Ontario has taken immediate action to ensure we can continue to manage COVID-19 and prepare for the long term.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario has processed over 25 million lab-based COVID-19 PCR tests and distributed close to 240 million free rapid antigen tests to date.
  • Ontario has administered over 34.5 million COVID-19 vaccinations to date.
  • Over 36,000 doses of Paxlovid have been prescribed to protect Ontarians against the worst effects of COVID-19, helping to reduce hospital admissions.
  • Ontario has invested $880 million in surgical recovery investments over the last three fiscal years, including increasing surgical capacity through funding for innovative hospital projects.
  • To strengthen long-term care and alternate levels of care, Ontario has invested $175.2 million to expand home care services and $117 million for sustainability of home care services, and $1 million to inter-facility transfer of medically stable patients in Northern Ontario.
  • The Ontario government has approved new patient care models, giving paramedics more flexibility to treat and refer patients when responding to 911 calls.
  • Over 10,900 health care professionals (including over 7,800 nurses and externs) have been added to the health system since Winter 2020.
  • The government has invested $764 million to provide Ontario’s nurses with a retention incentive of up to $5,000 per person.
  • If you have questions about COVID-19 vaccine, please contact the Provincial Vaccine Contact Centre at 1-833-943-3900 (TTY for people who are deaf, hearing-impaired or speech-impaired: 1-866-797-0007), which is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and capable of providing assistance in more than 300 languages.

For more information about treatment options, contact your primary care provider, visit a clinical assessment centre, or call Health Connect Ontario at 811 or 1-866-797-0007 (toll-free TTY) for more information on treatments, assistance, or eligibility for virtual care options.

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    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~  September 2, 2022 (LSNews)  The Kam River Fighting Walleye are excited to host the Soo Eagles of the NOJHL in a three game exhibition series at Norwest Arena in Oliver Paipoonge. The teams will be working at capturing  the Teleco Cup over the labour day weekend.

    Heck of a game tonight, you won’t want to miss tomorrow night’s big rematch!

    This is the third annual Teleco Cup with the Thunder Bay North Stars capturing the inaugural cup and the Fighting Walleye winning last season. Fighting Walleye President is extremely grateful for the corporate support “ This is the third year that Teleco has come onboard as the presenting sponsor without incredible corporate partners like Teleco junior hockey wouldn’t exist. We are very excited for our fans to have the opportunity to watch the Walleye compete against such a quality organization in the Soo Eagles. Our hockey ops staff has done an incredible job assembling this years team and we are all excited to see them in action”

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    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~  September 2, 2022 (LSNews)  The Kam River Fighting Walleye are excited to host the Soo Eagles of the NOJHL in a three game exhibition series at Norwest Arena in Oliver Paipoonge. The teams will be working at capturing  the Teleco Cup over the labour day weekend.

    Heck of a game tonight, you won’t want to miss tomorrow night’s big rematch!

    This is the third annual Teleco Cup with the Thunder Bay North Stars capturing the inaugural cup and the Fighting Walleye winning last season. Fighting Walleye President is extremely grateful for the corporate support “ This is the third year that Teleco has come onboard as the presenting sponsor without incredible corporate partners like Teleco junior hockey wouldn’t exist. We are very excited for our fans to have the opportunity to watch the Walleye compete against such a quality organization in the Soo Eagles. Our hockey ops staff has done an incredible job assembling this years team and we are all excited to see them in action”

    #LSN_Sport  #LSN_SSM   #LSN_TBay 

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    Fighting Walleye welcome Soo Eagles for Teleco Cup

    Fighting Walleye welcome Soo Eagles for Teleco Cup

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~  September 2, 2022 (LSNews)  The Kam River Fighting Walleye are excited to host the Soo Eagles of the NOJHL in a three game exhibition series at Norwest Arena in Oliver Paipoonge. The teams will be working at capturing  the Teleco Cup over the labour day weekend.

    Heck of a game tonight, you won’t want to miss tomorrow night’s big rematch!

    This is the third annual Teleco Cup with the Thunder Bay North Stars capturing the inaugural cup and the Fighting Walleye winning last season. Fighting Walleye President is extremely grateful for the corporate support “ This is the third year that Teleco has come onboard as the presenting sponsor without incredible corporate partners like Teleco junior hockey wouldn’t exist. We are very excited for our fans to have the opportunity to watch the Walleye compete against such a quality organization in the Soo Eagles. Our hockey ops staff has done an incredible job assembling this years team and we are all excited to see them in action”

    #LSN_Sport  #LSN_SSM   #LSN_TBay 

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    HYMERS FALL FAIR 2022 Labour Day Weekend

    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~  August 26, 2022 (LSNews)  The Hymers Agricultural Society is proud to announce its 110th Year and extremely excited to announce this year’s Hymers Fall Fair!! This year’s theme we will be celebrating “Apple Trees and Honey Bees.” There will be a full line-up of music to kick up your heels to, starting at 9:30 am both days, so we hope everyone will get an early start to the day and take in some music before visiting all of our wonderful animal features!

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    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~  September 1, 2022 (LSNews)  The Friends of Chippewa Park announced today that the final Sundays in the Park Concert series will feature the Sensational Hotrods, one of the most popular entertainment groups in Northwestern Ontario.

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    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~  August 26, 2022 (LSNews)  The Hymers Agricultural Society is proud to announce its 110th Year and extremely excited to announce this year’s Hymers Fall Fair!! This year’s theme we will be celebrating “Apple Trees and Honey Bees.” There will be a full line-up of music to kick up your heels to, starting at 9:30 am both days, so we hope everyone will get an early start to the day and take in some music before visiting all of our wonderful animal features!

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    Presented by Tbaytel, is a mountain bike marathon cross country race with the 48 kilometer race as the feature. Last year we saw over 500 people in attendance and this year, with COVID restrictions lifted, the Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club is expecting quite a large turn out. The event takes place September 9th and 10th at the beautiful Kinsman Park on the trails in Trowbridge Forest in Thunder Bay, ON

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    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  ~~~~~  June 16, 2022 (LSNews)  The largest bike event in Northwestern Ontario is returning for 2022. The Shuniah Forty Miner Presented by Tbaytel, is a mountain bike marathon cross country race with the 48 kilometer race as the feature. Last year we saw over 500 people in attendance and this year, with COVID restrictions lifted, the Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club is expecting quite a large turn out. The event takes place September 9th and 10th at the beautiful Kinsman Park with the trails in Trowbridge Forest in Thunder Bay, ON

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    Shuniah Forty Miner bike Event

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    THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO ~~~~~  September 6, 2022 (LNews)  The largest bike event in Northwestern Ontario is returning for 2022. The Shuniah Forty Miner
    Presented by Tbaytel, is a mountain bike marathon cross country race with the 48 kilometer race as the feature. Last year we saw over 500 people in attendance and this year, with COVID restrictions lifted, the Blacksheep Mountain Bike Club is expecting quite a large turn out. The event takes place September 9th and 10th at the beautiful Kinsman Park on the trails in Trowbridge Forest in Thunder Bay, ON

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    COOK COUNTY, MINNESOTA  ~~~~~~ September 7, 2022  (LSNews)     Superior National at Lutsen is once again partnering with the North Shore Health Care Foundation to bring you the 3rd Annual Golf for the Good – NSHCF Weekend on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1. It’s coming up fast and we need you!

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