News Release

Toronto Team Honoured for Helping Palliative Care Patients

Team Awarded the Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health

November 20, 2014

The Toronto Central Integrated Palliative Care Program in Toronto was recognized today for helping people living with a life-limiting illness who wish to spend their final months at home.   

The program’s team was awarded the Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety for creating a single integrated care team around each client and their family. The program reduced the risk of hospitalizations and Emergency Department visits by 30 per cent among clients and also increased the number of patients able to achieve their wish of dying outside of hospital.   

The Toronto Central Integrated Palliative Care Program is a partnership formed between the Temmy Latner Centre for Palliative Care and Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre. With its client-centred approach to care the Toronto Central Integrated Palliative Care Program is expanding to all Toronto Central palliative clients this year. 

Improving access to palliative care services supports Ontario’s Action Plan for Health Care and helps to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place.


“The Toronto Central Integrated Palliative Care Program has proven to be a pioneering force for our health system, changing the way we care for palliative care patients at home.  By listening to feedback from clients and caregivers, and focusing on providing patient-centred quality care, this program has achieved excellent results.”
— Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care

“This initiative offers Toronto Central LHIN residents an opportunity to stay home with their families in their last stages of life with the reassurance that they have a team in place to support them. This innovative program ensures a more sustainable system by delivering care in the right place and most importantly, improves the experience of both patients and their families by respecting their wishes at end of life.”
— Camille Orridge, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Central LHIN

“It was a privilege to lead the selection committee for this award. The Toronto Central integrated Palliative Care Program is not only an excellent example of improving the quality of care through teamwork, it focusses on that critical end of life period where we all need to be working to do better.”
— Dr. Joshua Tepper, President and Chief Executive Officer, Health Quality Ontario


  • The Minister’s Medal is a competitive, annual recognition program that recognizes the collaborative efforts of Ontario’s health care providers in improving care for Ontarians.
  • This year marked the second year of the Minister’s Medal program.
  • The medal is awarded to one individual champion who has demonstrated leadership in focusing on quality and one team-based initiative that demonstrates commitment to collaboration, improvements in the health system and value for quality care.