Sub-regions: Bringing local even closer to home

ESC LHIN sub-regions mapWhat is a sub-region? 

Sub-regions are local geographies within Local Health Integration Networks. 

LHINs have establish sub-regions - smaller geographic planning regions within each LHIN - to help them better understand and address patient needs at the local level. By looking at care patterns through a smaller lens, LHIN staff will be able to better identify and respond to community needs and the LHIN will be able to ensure that patients across the entire LHIN region will be able to access the care they need, when and where they need it.

This approach will not restrict Ontarians as they make their health care decisions and it is not an additional layer of bureaucracy.

Why are sub-regions needed? 

Sub-regions allow LHINs to better plan, integrate, and improve the performance of local health services. They also have the potential to better identify and capture diverse population needs–be they cultural, linguistic, or others–and to help our health care system better respond to these needs. 

What is the rationale for creating sub-regions?

Currently, each LHIN encompasses approximately 1-2 million Ontarians, making these regions both populous and diverse. By viewing health care planning at a sub-regional level, sub-regions provide a local lens that will help LHINs better address patients' needs at the local level.

A greater local focus will ensure that patients can access the health care services they need closer to home. Sub-regions were established based on existing care patterns in order to achieve this more local approach that will better serve Ontarians by ensuring that services reflect the unique needs of patients and communities.

Meeting the distinct health care needs of a community, and providing focused care to patients within that community, requires a tailored approach.

How were sub-regions identified? 

The sub-regions were identified based on the strong history of collaboration within the LHIN, consultation with local health service providers, and patient referral patterns, including information that was available when developing the Health Links coordinated care planning approach to better serve residents with high care needs. 

Will sub-regions create more bureaucracy?

No. Sub-regions are a planning tool - not additional bureaucracy. Some have been in place informally for many years. They were established based on existing care patterns to enable health planners and providers to better identify and respond to the health care needs of local communities, to ensure that patients are able to access the care they need, when and where they need it. A sub-region is not a boundary. They will not restrict Ontarians as they make their health care decisions.

Where are the sub-regions in the Erie St. Clair LHIN?

The Erie St. Clair LHIN has identified six sub-regions:

  • Windsor
  • Tecumseh Lakeshore Amherstburg LaSalle
  • Essex South Shore
  • Chatham City Centre
  • Rural Kent
  • Lambton

Sub-Region Accountability Tables

The Sub-Region Accountability Tables were set up to establish a vehicle for higher level of integration, coordination, and leadership across the local health care system; with a goal of improving health outcomes for our patients and communities. The tables are intended to be action-oriented with shared responsibility and accountability for improvement in areas that no single sector can solve alone. Table membership represents local partners across various sectors: community support services, long-term care, hospital, mental health, addictions, public health, primary care, housing, EMS, as well as Indigenous and Francophone leaders.

To learn more about the ESC LHIN Sub-Region Accountability Tables, including membership, click here.