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Southwestern Ontario Stroke Strategy. Travelling The Stroke Road Donna Scott Deb Willems April 21, 2010. Ontario Stroke System (OSS).

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southwestern ontario stroke strategy

Southwestern Ontario Stroke Strategy

Travelling The Stroke Road

Donna Scott

Deb Willems

April 21, 2010

ontario stroke system oss
Ontario Stroke System (OSS)

The Ontario Stroke System is a client-centred, collaborative network that leads, plans, coordinates and delivers stroke prevention and care across the age-life continuum and across the continuum of stroke care.

VISION: Fewer strokes! Better outcomes!

MISSION: To continuously improve

stroke prevention, care, recovery

and re-integration.

strategic directions of the oss
Strategic Directions of the OSS
  • Credible Advisor to improve stroke prevention and care delivery
  • Leadership and Coordination
  • Evaluation to Support Continuous Improvement
  • Innovation and Knowledge
  • Best Practices across the Continuum of Stroke Care

Southwestern Ontario

Location of RSC, DSC’s and SPC’s

Owen Sound Site (GBHS)

Stratford General Hospital

Bluewater Health, Sarnia

London Health Sciences Centre

District Stroke Centre

Regional Stroke Centre

Secondary Prevention Clinic

Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital

Chatham Kent Health Alliance

what we do
What We Do
  • Southwestern Ontario Stroke Strategy is a regional program which collaborates with hospitals and agencies within the community for both regional and local strategies in stroke prevention and care
  • Key Functions:
    • Identify and implement best practices;
    • Promote equity of access to care and services;
    • Set standards and evaluate system performance;
    • Build capacity;
    • Foster effective use of resources through innovation, system change, quality improvement, and integration and coordination of service delivery;
    • Recommend on funding allocations; and
    • Provide a voice for the system to offer advice to governments

and Local Health Integration Networks.

How do we interface with other local community programs or organizations in order to provide stroke care?
  • Advocate for equitable access to stroke care & rehabilitation
    • ESC LHIN – Rehabilitation has been adopted as a Strategic priority

- Representation on ESC LHIN Rehab Network

    • SW LHIN – Aging at Home funding for Community Stroke Rehab. Teams
    • Promote use of standardized measures
  • Provide education and support uptake of best practices for stroke care eg. Tips & Tools Workshop for LTC staff
  • Develop new models of stroke care
    • Eg. Community Stroke Rehab. Teams
    • Chatham-Kent Transitional Stroke Program
How do we interface with other local community programs or organizations in order to provide stroke care?
  • Develop & disseminate communication tools to share information on stroke care
    • Eg. BP Blogger
  • Provide support to stroke survivors such as the London District Stroke Recovery Association
    • Contact person is Jennie Vassallo 519-670-5901
  • Resource development with community partners (in progress)
    • Guidelines for Community-Based Exercises Programs
    • Return to Work Resources
swo stroke strategy education update
SWO Stroke StrategyEducation Update
  • Our Goals
    • Provide health care providers across the continuum of care with the necessary stroke knowledge and skills to care for stroke survivors.
    • Implementation into practice, through the deliberate use of Knowledge Translation Cycle with stroke education planning.
    • Development of Champions for stroke care in SWO
  • We reach approximately 2,700 health care providers across the continuum of care each year (since 2003) through our workshops, mentorship opportunities, networks and educational videoconferences.
  • Have created Stroke Networks (Social Work Network, Recreation Therapy Network, SLP Network) in SWO, and they continue to meet @ 2 teleconferences per year, and 1 annual face-to-face meeting/workshop.
  • Resource development for health care providers: Hemi-Arm Resource, Feeding & Swallowing of a Stroke Survivor bulletin board, Self-Management Toolkit.
  • Disseminate resources developed provincially by OREG (Ontario Regional Educators Group).
  • GRASP (Graded Repetitive Arm Supplementary Program) is an arm and hand exercise program developed for stroke rehabilitation.
  •  A physical therapist or occupational therapist should instruct the patient in the program, but the patient does the program independently. 
  • It is important to note that better outcomes are achieved if the patient has family, friends or a caregiver who can assist with the program.
  • Instruction manual available at:
if we had a concern with respect to a stroke client who could we call
If we had a concern with respect to a stroke client, who could we call?

Gwen Stevenson

Thames Valley & Prevention CoordinatorLondon Health Sciences Centre

University Hospital – PDC D5-209 39 Windermere Road

London, ON N6A 5A5

519.685.8500 x32264