Apply now for the 2017 Minister’s Medal 

Minister’s MedalThe Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (ministry) has announced the launch of the fifth annual Minister’s Medal Honouring Excellence in Health Quality and Safety. The Minister's Medal is a competitive, annual award program that recognizes excellent work done by health care partners across the province. The recipient of the award is someone who places patients at the centre of the circle of care while promoting value and quality in the health care system.

The theme of this year's awards is Patients as Partners, which focuses on health system issues being addressed in collaboration with people that matter most – patients, caregivers and their families. By highlighting the importance of collaborating with individuals with lived experience, the ministry is working to ensure patients' voices are heard in health care decision-making at all levels.

In previous years, two medals have been awarded – one for teams working together to provide excellence in patient-centred care, and one for individual providers who have demonstrated dedication, vision and leadership in championing high quality patient-centred care.

In addition to these awards, the ministry is introducing a new award category for 2017 that recognizes the important contributions of patients, families, and caregivers who have enhanced patient engagement within their communities. This award will highlight the many opportunities for patient engagement at all levels of the system and recognize patients as partners in health care delivery.

Application deadline

Application templates are now available for download from the Minister’s Medal webpage at http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/pro/programs/transformation/minister_medal.aspx. Applications are due to your Local Health Integration Network office via email by 5 p.m. on August 8, 2017. Please send your completed application to: Joanne Gougeon

Winners will be officially recognized at Health Quality Transformation 2017, an annual event hosted by Health Quality Ontario on October 24, 2017. More information on the program, including profiles of previous years’ winners and honourees, is available on the Minister’s Medal webpage.

For any questions related to the Minister’s Medal program, please contact: ECFAA@ontario.ca.

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