Collaborative Relationship to Reduce Paramedic Offload Delays in the Region of Peel
Regional Council received a delegation regarding the collaborative initiatives undertaken by both Region of Peel Paramedic Services and William Osler Health System to reduce paramedic offload delays at Brampton Civic Hospital.
Kiki Ferrari, Executive Director, Access and Flow, William Osler Health System and Peter Dundas, Chief and Director, Peel Regional Paramedic Services, provided a presentation outlining the various steps undertaken to help reduce offload delays at Brampton Civic Hospital. Using a Lean Six Sigma process review improvement methodology and involving front line staff and stakeholders, staff conducted a detailed analysis of the process from ambulance arrival time to time of transfer of care to the hospital and identified opportunities for improvement. The objective is to reduce the amount of offload delay for patients transported by ambulance to Brampton Civic to 30 minutes for 90 per cent of patients, by 2014. Results to date have decreased overall ambulance offload time by 20 per cent.
Regional Council received an overview of the health status report Growing Up in Peel – The Health of Our Children.
Currently, there are 318,605 children and youth living in Peel, representing one-quarter of the total population. Highlights from the report reveal the following:
Life expectancy at birth has increased dramatically over the past eight decades;
Female life expectancy at birth is 84 years;
Male life expectancy at birth is 81 years;
Rate of death due to injuries has declined substantially over the past 20 years due to the use of safety equipment, such as car and booster seats and bike helmets;
One in five Peel children speak a language other than English or French most often at home;
Children who are bilingual are more likely to be developmentally ready to enter school;
In 2010, 30% of Peel Children were not developmentally ready for school by senior kindergarten;
Peel youth are at a significant risk of poor health outcomes as indicated by their body mass index, fitness and activity levels.
A child’s experiences set early on in life have been proven to influence their health and wellbeing. The age old debate of nature vs. nurture is now understood with the two factors acting cohesively rather than independently during early development, setting a child’s lifelong path for learning, health and behaviour.
The report will be used as one source of information on the health of children in Peel for the purpose of program planning and evaluation.
Update on Peel’s Housing and Homelessness 10 Year Plan
Regional Council received an update on Peel’s Housing and Homelessness 10 Year Plan. In support of the Province’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy, the Region of Peel, as Service Manager, is required to develop a Local Housing and Homelessness Plan.
The Plan will consolidate the objectives of previous plans and articulate how Peel will design, develop, plan and manage housing and homelessness services. Staff is currently in the process of developing a Community Reference Group, ensuring the Plan will be a collaborative effort with the Peel community. The group will consist of representatives from community partners, funders and multiple stakeholders and will assist in providing input on key strategic decisions and help to ensure the plan is community-owned. The Plan will illustrate the present situation, distinguish existing and future requirements and support evidenced-based policy and budget decision making.
In an effort to improve access to affordable housing for Peel residents, Regional Council has made a number of investments and commitments as service manager since 2001. The initiation of a Local Plan will result in new and more tactical ways of delivering housing and homelessness services in our community.
Regional Council Approves Energy and Environment Sustainability Strategy
Regional Council adopted the Energy and Environment Sustainability Strategy (EESS), for energy conservation and greenhouse gas reduction. The EESS will replace the Energy Management Plan adopted by Regional Council in 2007.
The Energy and Environment Sustainability Strategy provides an enabling framework that will guide the Region of Peel towards achieving the Term of Council Priority to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80 per cent below 1990 levels by 2050. The strategy identifies three inter-related goals and the required actions that will result in plans, projects and initiatives to reduce corporate greenhouse gas emissions, ensure sustainable energy procurement and maintain regulatory compliance.
The EESS will allow the Region of Peel to continue its leadership role in energy and environment management and continue on a path towards achieving overall energy sustainability.