Our mission is to connect generosity to world-class community healthcare at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital, and with the help of generous supporters like you, we are transforming the healthcare experience.
Halton Healthcare believes that technology is a cornerstone in the delivery of safe, effective, and exemplary patient care. In 2019, we embarked on a multi-year clinical transformation project to enhance high-quality and safe patient care, empower interprofessional collaboration, and transform the way staff and physicians use information and technology.
The project, called Interchange
- Migration to a modern web and mobile-based electronic medical record solution
- Introduction of new hand held devices with secure text messaging features
- Electronic provider order entry
- Online medical record documentation
Championed by our Chief Nursing Executive and Vice- President Medical Affairs, Interchange has engaged more than 100 frontline staff and physicians in selecting and designing technologies that will best support them in delivering the very best patient care. This initiative exemplifies our strategic priorities of innovate, collaborate and empower and will help to achieve our corporate vision of exemplary patient experiences, always.
COVID-19 changed almost every aspect of life this year. From buying groceries to getting a haircut, everything is different – including how we provide care at our hospitals and connect with our patients.
Hospitals had to pause many of their non-urgent programs and services and restrict access into their buildings. Creative solutions were sought to provide patients with access to care without coming to the hospital. Through an ongoing collaboration with the Ontario Telemedicine Network and the Ministry of Health’s Digital Health Group, Halton Healthcare leveraged the experiences gained from a Virtual Care Pilot Project held the year prior.
Virtual Care allows patients to speak with their healthcare provider using a telephone, smartphone or computer from the comfort of their own home. There’s no doubt that the use of Virtual Care will continue to expand. Based on the success and benefits of this initiative, we look forward to the ongoing development of Virtual Care standards as we continue to transform the community hospital experience.
CANCER CARE CLINIC
TREATING MORE PATIENTS CLOSER TO HOME
We are committed to growing our Cancer Care Clinic at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH), which is part of the Mississauga Halton Central West (MHCW) Regional Cancer Program, to provide patients with the care they need closer to home.
In 2019, two additional medical oncologists were hired to expand upon our systemic therapy cancer care service, while giving us the ability to care for patients with a variety of malignancies closer to home.
As a result, over the last year, we have seen a significant increase in the number of patients that we see tripling our total visits between July 2019 and April 2020. While a strong malignant hematology service has existed for a number of years at OTMH, we now have an equally strong program for those with solid tumours.
Our wait times to see new patients have been shorter than the provincial targets set by Cancer Care Ontario. The growth of our Cancer Care Clinic brings crucial cancer treatments and quality care closer to home for our patients.
Orthopaedic surgeons at OTMH are equipped to offer leading-edge procedures in the areas of complex reconstruction, advanced sports medicine, and now foot and ankle conditions.
The Breast Diagnostic Assessment Program (BDAP) provides patients with rapid access to care, meaning less waiting for a diagnosis and treatment. Through the BDAP, breast cancer patients are guided through the entire process — from diagnosis to treatment to recovery — by a patient navigator. This knowledgeable member of our cancer care team links all specialties together and makes the system function quickly for patients.
Your support enables our clinicians to diagnose cancer, perform biopsies and other surgeries, and administer worldclass community healthcare and treatment to patients close to home.
Thank you to our 7,720 donors who made generous contributions to the hosptial in 2019-2020.