Donna Cripps, CEO of the Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant (HNHB) Local Health Integration Network, presented to us Sept. 19th, 2012.   Donna leads the organization that plans, funds, and integrates our local health care system, which goal is to provide the best possible care for the 1.4 million residents across Hamilton, Niagara, Haldimand, Brant, Burlington and Norfolk counties.

Donna comes with a very impressive work experience background and leadership in Health Sciences through the regions.   She has clinical background in physiotherapy, and has been President of St. Peter's Hospital, and Executive Lead Rehabilitation and Senior's Health.
It is Donna's belief that decisions are better made locally than in Toronto, and LHIN is allowed to have money at hand to make decisions happen.  Her district covers 6.500 Sq. Km., has a higher rate of seniors, higher unemployment rate, higher smoking/drinking problems, and preventive deaths.   There are over 200 LHIN health care workers in the Niagara Area.   Their Wellness Supportive Living Program helps keep seniors out of hospitals.

Niagara College has a wing with several healthcare programs for seniors.   Dementia is the key reason seniors enter institutions.   Special training is offered, and mobile caretakers go out into the community.   They offer foot care to diabetics and dialysis patient.
Now, we have a better understanding of where our 2.6 billion dollars are spent.

This was a very informative presentation, and very much appreciated.