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Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region:
Primary Care Team

About us

The Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region primary care team works to implement the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network Primary Care Strategy. The strategy work is focused in three key areas: service integration, system efficiency and improving access and quality of care for patients. It is being operationalized through five priority project areas and Health Link:

  • Access, attachment and continuity for primary care – ensure all residents have access to a primary care provider (family physician or nurse practitioner) and receive care in a timely and continuous fashion
  • Access to interprofessional teams – improve access to inter-professional teams for patients who need it
  • Access to specialist consultations – improve and streamline patients’ access to specialist consultations
  • Discharge planning – improve quality and timeliness of hospital discharge summaries and transitions of care more generally
  • Secure communication – expand secure communication platforms between providers and explore secure communication options between providers and patients
  • Health Link – improve coordination of care for patients with complex health needs

The Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region primary care team supports family physicians, primary care providers and health sector leaders, to help enable their leadership in influencing the development and implementation of local initiatives which support the key areas of the strategy. The team also supports adoption by primary care providers of initiatives, programs and services that benefit them and their patients.

Meet the Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region Primary Care Team

  • Curtis Handford, Primary Care Clinical Lead
  • Mary Eastwood, Primary Care Sub-Region Manager
  • Lara McLachlan, Health Link Project Manager
  • Dorothy Wedel, Primary Care Project Manager
  • Art Austriaco, Administrative Assistant

Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region Primary Care Groups

Primary and Community Care Committee – PCCC

Primary and Community Care Committees (PCCC) have been established in each sub-region to empower family physician and primary care leaders in advancing the integration of primary care in each sub-region within the Toronto Central LHIN. The Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region's PCCC aims to build a collaborative network of primary care clinicians and their organizations within the Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region geography. The PCCC champions the development of a patient-centered local primary health care system in order to improve patient experience and clinical outcomes. The PCCC approves an annual sub-region work plan including recommendations to the Toronto Central LHIN on strategies and initiatives to improve integration and patient outcomes within the Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region. The PCCC also oversees and monitors the implementation and performance of local or regional change initiatives. 

Meet your Mid-East PCCC:

Name Organization
Dr. Curtis Handford (Chair) Primary Care Clinical Lead, Mid East Toronto Sub-Region
Linda Jackson Executive Director, St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team/Hospital Resource Parter representative
Ashnoor Rahim Vice-President, Community Care Unit, WoodGreen
Karen O'Connor Director of Operations, LOFT
Sally McMackin Director, Mid-East Region at Toronto Central Local Health Integrated Network - Home & Community Care
Dr. Karen Weyman Chief, Department of Family and Community Medicine, St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Tream
Dr. Cam Inch Front Frederick Family Health Group
Dr. Sharon Gazeley Regent Park Community Health Centre
Dr. Laura Pripstein Medical Director, Sherbourne Health Centre Family Health Team
Dr. Farah Ali Queen’s Quay Medical Centre Family Health Organization
Julie Vandahl Nurse Practitioner, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands Community Health Centre
Mary Eastwood Primary Care Manager, Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region
Dorothy Wedel Primary Care Project Manager, Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region
Lara McLachlan Health Link Project Manager, Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region
Gillian Bone Sub-Region Director, Health System Strategy, Integration and Planning, Toronto Centre Local Health Integration Network
Dr. Andrew Bond Medical Director, Inner City Health Associates

Mid-East Advisory Table

The Mid-East Advisory Table brings together leadership from across a variety of sectors, representing populations and geographies for Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region to provide a broad perspective and advance ideas through organizational support and leadership which further the health and social goals of the sub-region. The advisory table looks to identify current and emerging issues using a population lens and then develop recommendations focused on the resolution of local system issues including the creation of partnerships and pathways to care that address the unmet needs of people in the Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region.

  • Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region - Primary Care Team
  • Women’s Health in Women’s Hands
  • Regent Park Community Health Centre
  • Anishnawbe Health Toronto
  • Sherbourne Health Centre
  • St Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team
  • Inner City Family Health Team
  • Inner City Health Associates
  • South Riverdale Community Health Centre
  • Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network
  • WoodGreen
  • Bridgepoint Hospital
  • Fred Victor Centre
  • Gerstein Centre
  • Cota
  • Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office
  • Street Health
  • Centres d’Accueil Heritage
  • Yonge St. Mission
  • Mainstay Housing
  • The Neighbourhood Group
  • Person with Lived Experience
  • Toronto Community Housing
  • Toronto Public Health
  • LOFT

Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region Access, Attachment and Continuity (AA&C) Working Group

The Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region Access, Attachment and Continuity (AA&C) Working Group brings together leadership from across a variety of sectors, who serve the 19-29 year old demographic within the sub-region. The AA&C working group provides a broad perspective to identify needs and advance ideas on how to improve issues around attachment, access and continuity for young adults in the Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region. The working group aims to provide strategic perspective on current and emerging issues, encourage and facilitate collaborative problem solving and develop recommendations focused on increasing access, attachment and continuity in primary care for the young adults living within the sub-region. The current strategic focus of the group is on raising awareness of the importance of a regular primary care provider and understanding of how to locate a provider, communicating access points for mental health and addictions services and transitioning from youth-specific services to ongoing primary care services.

Name Organization
Dr. Curtis Handford Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region - Primary Care Team
Mary Eastwood Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region - Primary Care Team
Lara McLachlan Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region - Primary Care Team
Dorothy Wedel Mid-East Toronto Sub-Region - Primary Care Team
Allan MacDonald Ryerson University
Carolina Berinstein Sherbourne Health Centre
Elisa Simpson Covenant House
Samantha Wagman St. Michael's Hospital Academic Family Health Team
Robin Richardson Health Care Connect - Toronto Central LHIN
Clare Nobbs Egale
Jeanie Son Yonge Street Mission
Lisa King Toronto Public Health
Cheryl Dobinson Planned Parenthood
Mindy Xu Ryerson University
Sarah Hobbs Planned Parenthood
June Zhang Yonge Street Mission