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The transformation of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), the largest integrated healthcare system in the United States, provides a remarkable learning opportunity for Canadian healthcare leaders and policy makers.”  Brian R. Golden and Roger L. Martin


Trapped in The Future - Hugh MacLeod and Martin Vogel. Focus: Canada as a world leader

Off the Cuff

How do you redesign a healthcare system?  One of the many ideas you will explore, discuss and imprint on your mind at this provincial HealthcareRounds at the Rotman School of Management:  May 15 will be a packed day with the Minister, the Deputy Minister, the Associate Deputy Minister + a new generation of healthcare thinkers tasked to make this work. Ways Means to Make HealthLinks Work

Migration and Mobility: Informing Nursing Human Resources Retention and Recruitment Policy.  In this issue, a team of nurse researchers led by Dr. Linda McGillis Hall, from the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto, report on research into various nursing human resources through the lens of labour mobility both to the US and to other Canadian provinces.

Longwoods essays are well read. Many of them come to us unsolicited. I thank Steven Lewis for setting the bar. His many essays are now available as an online book here: Influence: A Collection of Writings by Steven Lewis :: Enjoy. Appeals are now coming in asking for higher word counts. Authors tell us that they have too much to say and can’t keep to 500 words. If you want to write longer material consider our journals as your medium and submit it to our editorial director for review. You can reach her here. Editorial Director. Online material should be sent to

Healthcare organizations currently recruiting board members: | | | | Yukon | Nunavut

What’s in a Name?
Bridgepoint Health – in Toronto’s east end -- has just been rebranded. This coincides with the opening of their new building. They are now: Bridgepoint Active Healthcare. In beautiful Victoria, the Royal Jubilee Patient Care Centre has a very descriptive name and it is also called the Royal Jubilee Hospital. Are these two organizations? In New Brunswick it’s the Horizon Health Network. Or . . .Saint John Regional Hospital. Take your pick. In Toronto, it's Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto Rehab, Toronto General Hospital and Toronto Western Hospital - all one organization governed by one board. (Each area of care is also named.) So what’s in a name? David Ogilvy - one of the greatest names in advertising says your brand should be about “what you do and who it’s for”. What do you think? Write an essay about the branding of your healthcare facility / organization and the reasoning behind it. Email:

Ways & Means to Make Health Links Work: May 15, 2013 - Registration now open
Hon. Deb Matthews will join 300 key participants with Ministry leaders: Helen Angus, and Leslee Thompson plus Will Falk and twenty more exclusive, hand-picked, creative and thoughtful thinkers, builders, managers, clinicians and analysts working tirelessly on Health Links. See, hear and explore the ways and means they are applying to make it work. Supported by IBM CanadaMcKesson CanadaAstellas,  NexJ Systems, ArjoHuntleigh, and CFHI. To be kept up-to-date please contact Sarah Lieberman at For sponsorship information please contact Matt Hart at

Which way to quality? A variety of strategies are used to drive quality improvement across Canada. This Health Council report reveals insights from senior health leaders on emerging opportunities, common challenges, and the key ingredients for pursuing system-wide quality improvement.

Healthcare Quarterly
Enhancing Quality and Safety Standards for Older People in Canadian Hospitals: A National Collaboration

Why UFI Nudges Will Get Stuck in the Policy Process

Nursing Leadership
Moving Knowledge to Action: A Qualitative Study of the Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario Advanced Clinical Practice Fellowship Program

Healthcare Policy
Rural Health Services: Finding the Light at the End of the Tunnel

World Health and Population
International Short-term Medical Service Trips: Guidelines from the Literature and Perspectives from the Field



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