Dr. 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.