Board of Directors

The Board of Seniors Care Network includes senior health care leaders representing hospitals, community service providers, seniors’ advocates and others from across the Central East LHIN.

Supported by the Central East LHIN, the Seniors Care Network Board is accountable for the development, delivery and monitoring of an integrated regional system of Specialized Geriatric Services for frail older adults.

The Board’s responsibilities include strategic planning, risk management, organizational and management oversight, oversight of internal financial and operational controls, corporate governance, and communication with stakeholders.

Board Members include:

  • Dr. Jenny Ingram, Board Chair, Central East LHIN Physician Lead for Seniors Care, Specialist Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine - Physician Specialist Representative

    JennyCogecoPromoPhotoOct2016Dr. K. Jennifer Ingram is a specialist in Internal and Geriatric Medicine, who practises in Peterborough Ontario and provides clinical consultations in many surrounding communities, a role she has embraced since her arrival here in 1987. Until she found a clinical home, Dr. Ingram worked as a Health Care Consultant to several large consulting firms doing health care reorganization and strategic planning throughout Ontario and Canada. Settling into clinical work in Central East has allowed Dr. Ingram the ability to focus on patient care and emerging needs of seniors. Dr. Ingram has worked in Acute Care, in Long Term Care, and with the Psychiatric Assessment Services for the Elderly team before assuming a major role in the delivery of geriatric care in the community. As she likes to remind people, “the community is where the majority of seniors are and where they want to stay”.

    She is the founder and Principal Investigator of the Kawartha Regional Memory Clinic, one of 25 centres for clinical research in dementia accredited through the Consortium of Canadian Centres for Clinical Cognitive Research (C5R). Dr. Ingram has been pivotal in the development of geriatric and dementia care clinical services in the Central East Local Health Integration Network (CE LHIN), including Primary Care Neurocognitive Testing services, the Geriatric Assessment and Intervention Network, which provides assessment and care to older adults living with frailty, and was a founding member of the Peterborough chapter of Osteoporosis Canada.

    Currently, Dr. Ingram is the Board Chair of the Seniors Care Network Board, as well as the founding chair of the Peterborough Council on Aging, a municipal government advisory group on age friendly planning. The PCOA, along with its member organizations, has established an annual policy and education day, the Seniors Summit, and an annual community services event, the Seniors Showcase.

    Dr. Ingram is a trained and registered Capacity Assessor performing legal assessments of financial and testamentary capacity for individuals and their legal counsel. She is a Peer Evaluator and Lead for Geriatric Medicine for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario which has allowed Dr Ingram to visit geriatricians across Ontario. Together with her four Geriatrician colleagues at Peterborough Regional Health Centre, they have formed the Division of Geriatric Medicine, with Dr. Ingram serving as the Chair. The Geriatricians in the Division act as consultants to eight of the eleven GAIN Teams, three Primary Care Memory Clinics and to Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences Memory Clinic. Their efforts have become a template for service delivery for the larger community as members tackle the development of Consultation Liaison teams in Acute Care, Geriatric Assessment and Behaviour Unit, and Senior Friendly Care.

    Dr. Ingram is also one of three Ontario Lead Investigators in a CIHR funded Canadian Team for Healthcare Services / System Improvement in Dementia Care, as part of the Canadian Consortium for Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA). This team will be assessing dementia care implemented in primary health care for persons with Alzheimer Disease and related disorders. In addition, a Regional Extension Study will carry this protocol forward to evaluate dementia services across the spectrum of Primary Care, Geriatric Medicine clinics and Geriatric Psychiatry Memory Clinics in the Central East LHIN, believed to be a Canadian first. This initiative, led by Dr. Ingram, has been a collaborative community based effort supported by Trent Centre for Aging and Society, Seniors Care Network and Ontario Shores Mental Health Services.

    Dr. Ingram has been recognized for her leadership by Trent University receiving the Trent University Community Leaders Award (2009) and by the Ontario Medical Association, who awarded Dr. Ingram the Glenn Sawyer Service Award (2016) for outstanding contribution to the OMA, the medical profession or the community. Most recently, Dr. Ingram received the Irma Parhad Award from C5R in recognition of excellence in research based on the translational research in the community.

    Dr. Ingram is both honoured and pleased to join the team of physician leads that are working to create a sustainable health care future for the CE LHIN. She views her role as the Seniors Physician Lead as an important signal that the Central East LHIN has embraced Seniors Health Care as a pivotal component in their policy and system improvements to support Healthy Aging in our region.

  • Lydia Rybenko, Vice Chair, Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Port Hope Community Health Centre - Primary Care Representative

    Lydia RybenkoLydia Rybenko is currently practicing at the Port Hope Community Health Centre as a primary care nurse practitioner. She brings to this role over 25 years of progressive health care experience serving in a variety of roles both in a hospital and community setting.

    Lydia has completed a Bachelor of Life Sciences at University of Toronto, Nursing diploma from Durham College in Oshawa followed by a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with an advanced certification in Nurse Practitioner at York University. “Accredited by Accreditation Canada with Exemplary Standing, 2012 – 2016”

  • Catherine Danbrook, Past Chair, CEO, Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes - Community Support Services Representative

    Catherine Danbrook

    Catherine Danbrook currently serves as Chief Executive Officer of Community Care City of Kawartha Lakes. Prior to this she held positions of Vice-President Clinical Programs at the Ottawa Hospital, CEO of the Rehabilitation Centre of Ottawa and Executive Director of the Ottawa-Carleton Regional Home Care Program.

    Catherine has 35 years of health care experience, including over 25 years in leadership positions in both community and hospital organizations. Her areas of expertise include Geriatrics, Mental Health, Palliative and Hospice Care, Homecare & Community Support, Rehabilitation, Family Medicine and Chronic Disease Management.

    Catherine holds a Masters of Health Administration degree and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, both from the University of Ottawa and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders. In addition, Catherine is a surveyor and educator with Accreditation Canada on their National and International teams.

  • Renate Crizzle - Public Member

    Renate is a very active, involved retiree devRenate Crizzleoting much of her time to advocating for fair and equitable treatment of older people through her volunteer work with CARP, an organization promoting the interests, rights and quality of life for Canadians as they age, as well as promoting an active life style through her volunteer work in the field of tennis as President of a Scarborough tennis club.   A lifelong successful career in Human Resources has equipped her to handle intricate interpersonal relationships and resolve problems successfully.  Rather than seeing just one isolated part of a story, she sees the big picture, for instance the reality that our frail old seniors, whose numbers are steadily increasing, need adequate and effective health care services but also appropriate housing, transportation and caregiver support, and the caregivers in turn need support to prevent burnout. Recognizing the importance of this issue to society, she is hoping to make a contribution as a Board member to finding workable solutions.  Renate has a BA and a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the University of Toronto.

  • Linda Davis, President & CEO, Northumberland Hills Hospital - Hospital CEO Representative

    Linda Davis

    Linda joined Northumberland Hills Hospital as President and Chief Executive Officer in November 2013. A senior executive with over 30 years of experience in the Canadian health-care sector, she was most recently CEO of the Collingwood General & Marine Hospital, a role she held for nine years.

    A Registered Nurse, she trained at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton. Her career has taken her from that province to Vancouver, British Columbia and Montreal, Quebec, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing and a Master’s of Science, both from McGill University, before moving in 1990 to Ontario. Throughout her career, Linda has held senior leadership positions in a number of hospitals. She has also worked within the private sector as a health care consultant

  • Dr. Rob Drury - Primary Care Representative

    Dr. Rob DruryDr. Drury, a Lindsay-based family physician with over 35 years of experience practising across Canada including Northern Ontario, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island is the former Chief of Staff at Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay and was a member of the executive committee that oversaw the development of the Central East LHIN’s Clinical Services Plan. He has also served as the hospital’s Vice President and President of Medical Staff, Chief of Obstetrics, Chief of Pediatrics and Utilization Physician.  As a surveyor for Accreditation Canada, he has surveyed small community hospitals and larger tertiary centres from Vancouver to St. John’s Newfoundland.  Recently Dr. Drury travelled to Ghana in West Africa as part of a medical team to provide care in isolated communities. He has served as a Primary Care Lead for the Central East LHIN for several years.

  • Brock Hall, Vice President Client Care Services, Shepherd Village - LTC Representative

    Brock graduated from at McMaster University, Hamilton and has studied at University of Guelph and Wilfred Laurier University. He has been the a senior health executive at a number of  accredited Long Term Care Homes and Retirement homes for over thirty years including; Chateau Gardens Oxford in London, Ritz Lutheran Villa in Mitchell,  Kipling Acres in Etobicoke. He was initially the Administrator of the Shepherd Lodge and now has broader responsibilities as Vice President Client Care Services at Shepherd Village Inc since 2000.

    Brock has been a board member of the Ontario Association of Non Profit Homes and Services for Seniors and he was a board member for the Ontario Long Term Care Association representing the Charitable Non profit homes on that board.

    He currently serves on the Ontario Retirement Communities Association board representing small operators. Brock also is an accreditation surveyor for CARF an international accreditation body.

  • Helen L.Y. Leung, CEO, Carefirst’s Group of Organizations - Senior's Health Service Provider Representative

    Helen L.Y. Leung

    Helen, since 1994, has been the Chief Executive Officer of Carefirst’s group of organizations, which include Carefirst Seniors and Community Services Association, Carefirst Family Health Team, and Carefirst Foundation. Carefirst provides comprehensive community-based support services, primary health care and health education programs to the fast growing aging population in the Greater Toronto Area and York region.

    Under the leadership of Helen, Carefirst has developed exemplary community partnerships to enhance community members’ accessibility to health care and social services systems. For example, Carefirst has developed partnership with The Scarborough Hospital’s renal dialysis centres to enhance the CKD patients’ access to renal social support programs since 2001. Carefirst has been identified as primary lead in various areas; recent new initiatives include: Assisted Living, Assess & Restore, Community GAIN team, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Program, and Exercise and Falls Prevention program.

    Helen also actively participates in different LHIN’s advisory committees, such as the Central East LHIN’s Vascular Aim Coalition and Regional Specialized Geriatric Service Governance. Through her active committee participation, Helen continues to advocate and contribute to the implementation of integrated care across the different sectors of our health care system.

  • Ann Macleod, Faculty of Nursing, Trent University - Public Member

    Ann MacLeod Face ShotAnn MacLeod earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McGill University, and a Master’s in Public Health in Health Education from University of Michigan. Her nursing practice in adolescent and pediatric tertiary, residential camp and home-based settings in both urban and rural areas in Canada, New Zealand and the U.S. spurred her interest in health promotion and community based research. She has taught at University of Michigan, Lake Superior State University and in the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing since its inception in 2001. Her research interests are the use of arts in education and support for rural caregivers. She is a member of the Peterborough Council on Aging.

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  • Carolyn Plummer, Interim President & CEO, Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS) - Hospital CEO Representative

    Carolyn Plummer is Interim President and Chief Executive Officer at Haliburton Highlands Health Services (HHHS), an integrated rural healthcare hub that includes hospital, long-term care, community, and mental health services. Carolyn joined the organization in October 2015 as the Director of Patient Services and Chief Nurse Executive; prior to this, she was the nursing professional practice lead and corporate lead for practice-based innovation at University Health Network in Toronto, Canada. Carolyn has held clinical, leadership, and management positions in acute care, complex continuing care, and long-term care, she has worked in private sector consulting in the areas of strategic planning, operations, and practice, and she has previously served on the Board of Directors for HHHS. She has a broad spectrum of leadership experience and expertise in innovation, leadership development, person-centred care, practice, operations, strategy, quality improvement, healthy work environments, research, education, and governance.

    Carolyn received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Toronto in 1994, and a Master’s Degree in Health Sciences (Health Administration) from the University of Toronto in 2001; she is currently completing her PhD at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California, with a focus on human and organizational systems.

  • Kathy Ramsay, CEO, Central East Community Care Access Centre

    Kathy is a respected leader with a strong track record of building effective relationships that leverage the contributions of others and energize people to achieve results.

    Prior to her appointment as CEO, Kathy served as the Senior Director, Performance, Accountability and Strategic Planning for the Central East CCAC since its inception in 2007 and her focus on strategy, systems transformation and performance excellence has been evident. She brings 10 years of executive experience in the home and community care sector to her new role.

    Kathy began her health care career as a physiotherapist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto. After working on the clinical side in acute care, long-term care, rehabilitation and private practice, she moved into health care administration. In addition to many years as a health services consultant, Kathy held a variety of executive positions in both long-term care and acute care, including Chair of the Board of Directors for the Rouge Valley Health System. She joined the home care sector in 2006 as the Transition Manager for the four predecessor CCACs prior to alignment to the Central East CCAC.

    A graduate of University of Western Ontario, Kathy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Physiotherapy, and a Master of Health Science degree in Health Administration from the University of Toronto. She is also a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management Advanced Health Leadership Program.

  • Anne-Marie Yaraskavitch - Public Member

    Anne-Marie Yaraskavitch - Picture - May 2016Anne- Marie is a resident of Whitby who brings a mixture of consumer, caregiver and business experience to her role of senior advocate/public member on the board of the Seniors Care Network.

    Her 28 year career with Bell Canada spanned work in a number of different areas within the organization, including leadership positions in client services and business management. After her retirement in 2001 Anne-Marie pursued studies in the area of aging, completing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gerontology. She has also completed a certificate program in Working with Dementia Clients.

    Since her retirement Anne-Marie has focused her volunteer work in areas related to health care initiatives focused on improving the system of care and support for seniors and caregivers. She has served as the chair of the Dementia Network of Durham Region and been a board member of the Older Adult Centres’ Association of Ontario and the Alzheimer Society of Durham Region. Her volunteer work has also included being a senior/caregiver representative on various Central East LHIN initiatives including the Seamless Care for Seniors Steering Committee, the Caregiver Support and Well-Being Priority Project, the GAIN Steering Committee and the GAIN Redesign Project. Anne-Marie has also had first-hand experience as a family caregiver in both an urban and rural setting.

     

Ex-Officio Board Members

  • Deborah Hammons, Chief Executive Officer, Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN)

    Deborah HammonsDeborah Hammons is recognized as a leader both locally and  provincially in transforming the health care system.  Under her leadership, the LHIN organization is currently implementing its third Integrated Health Service Plan, focusing on four strategic aims relating to improvements in services for seniors, vascular health, strengthening the system of supports for people with mental health and addictions issues and palliative care.

    Her collaborative leadership style has led to the development of a number of LHIN-wide processes including the launch of the first LHIN-led Regional Specialized Geriatrics Services entity – now Seniors Care Network — which focuses on services for the frail senior population in the Central East region.  This same approach to delivering value-add, client-focused care is reflected in an impressive number of successful integrations that have taken place in the mental health and community sectors over the past year.  Additionally, she has worked with the leadership from the LHIN’s hospitals to achieve balanced budget positions, which have resulted in close to $200 million in savings being reinvested back into the local health care system.

    As the provincial lead for the Long Term Care Service Accountability Agreements Steering Committee, Ms. Hammons has worked with provincial long-term care associations to develop new accountability templates now in use between LHINs and long-term care homes across the province.

    Ms. Hammons, who began her career in healthcare as a nurse, has held senior positions in healthcare organizations throughout Canada including the Vancouver General Hospital, the Ottawa General Hospital, the Toronto Hospital and the Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation.  As Executive Director of Fairhaven, a long term care home in Peterborough, she added to her list of professional accomplishments by overseeing the development of a new $25.5 million facility, leading the organization in achieving their first 3-year CCHSA Accreditation, and implementing an Information Strategic Plan to create a state-of-the-art computerized environment.

    Ms. Hammons has served on the board of the Ontario Association of Non-Profit Homes and Services for Seniors, is a member of Canadian College of Health Leaders, and was a surveyor for the Canadian Council on Health Services Accreditation (CCHSA).

  • Dr. David Ryan, Psychologist; Director of Education and Knowledge Processes, Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto; Assistant Professor, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto

    Dr. David RyanDr. David Ryan is a psychologist whose specialty is aging. He is Director of Education and Knowledge Processes for the Regional Geriatric Program of Toronto and an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. His interests are integrated health services for seniors, networked practice, and the knowledge to practice process.

    Dr. Ryan invented the “build-a-case method” a variant of case based learning and developed the Dimensions of Teamwork Survey.  He directs a team of knowledge-to-practice specialists in the Psychogeriatric Resource Consultation (PRC) Program in Toronto. He coordinated the development of the provincial Geriatric Emergency Management Program Nursing Network and Nurse Led Outreach Emergency Mobile Nursing Services in several LHINs.

    He developed the Geriatric Interprofessional Practice and Interorganizational Collaboration (GiiC) initiative focused on building geriatrics capacity in the provinces’ family health teams and community health centers. Dr. Ryan is co-author of the provincial report on “Senior Friendly Hospital Care Across Ontario” and has numerous publications most recently in the areas of home- and communit- based care, and team science. For  many years, Dr. Ryan has been the Regional Geriatric Programs’ liaison in the Central East LHIN.