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Connecting Hospital & Community Care

Empowering Change, Improving Outcomes

Nov. 28, 2016


On November 28, 2016, Island Health’s Research Department hosted a workshop on successful strategies and measurements for connecting community and hospital care.

The objectives of the workshop were:

  • To share successful strategies used to connect hospital and community care
  • To increase understanding of ways to measure impact
  • To give participants an opportunity to share their thoughts about possible next steps for research, quality, safety and improvement, and practice collaborations

What We Learned

Presenters shared successful strategies and results, including:

  • The ED2Home Program, which facilitates the discharge of older adults from Emergency by connecting them with community services provided in the home. To date, 269 admissions have been prevented.
  • The Familiar Faces program at Cowichan District Hospital aims to partner with primary care providers and patients to prevent Emergency Department visits. 12 months after the program started in 2012, there were 1049 fewer visits. Nanaimo Regional General Hospital has a similar program.
  • A Home Health Monitoring program detects chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) early on and aims to prevent exacerbation, reducing hospital admissions, improving outcomes, and enhancing quality of life for people living with COPD. 

Learn more in our report.

What's Next

A follow-up meeting is planned with leaders to discuss next steps.