From the CEO Welcome to the Spring edition of Connect. Although it is officially Spring, we are still experiencing big numbers of presentations and admissions, putting pressure on all front-line staff. I want to thank all of you for such a sterling effort and for the fact that our 6 hour EC target has still been maintained despite the pressures. Our 20,000 Days campaign’s importance is highlighted in these figures. We absolutely must change our strategy to reflect the importance of primary and community care in helping to prevent avoidable admissions and to care for more patients where they should be treated. Hospital is not the best place to treat many patients and we have to make changes so that we can not only survive, we can also thrive. This means partnerships with primary care, patients and their whanaau and our communities. We must no longer think in silos but about how what we are doing links with primary care. This is where whaanau Ora and such thinking has such an important part to play in how we embrace our future and the pressures that await us. It’s not just about being more efficient but about changing how we think about our patients and how we partner with them. Research shows that if a patient has 3 or more co-morbidities that the cost of caring for them rises exponentially. We need to think about the best way of empowering that patient to take better care of themselves and to also be able to access the care they need where they need it, in the community A couple of weeks ago saw the first big step towards our patients being able to access the care the need in their own community with the launch of our first
Locality Clinical Partnership (LCP) in Franklin. LCPs are about working with our colleagues in primary care to deliver more healthcare closer to patients’ homes. Franklin LCP has been created in partnership with primary and community carers in Franklin and has a slant towards the needs of the community, many of whom are older in terms of the services that will be offered. So many people in our community now have say diabetes that if we do not get a good handle on the treatment of this epidemic, we will be overwhelmed in the future by increased hospital demand. One way of doing this is by having an ‘informed’ patient. Diabetes UK reckons that 80% of treatments can be wasted if the patient does not fully understand what the treatments are for and what we are attempting to achieve. Each of us has a part to play in creating the informed patient – and this applies to any chronic condition. On a very positive note I would like to mention the success of the APAC Conference held in Auckland recently and co-hosted by Ko Awatea with the prestigious Institute for Healthcare Improvement from Boston. The meeting drew over 900 healthcare professionals from 16 countries and delegates heard from such luminaries as Dr Don Berwick, Sir Muir Gray and Maureen Bisognano, CEO of IHI. Feedback I have had has been overwhelmingly positive and I know that patient safety and experience will be lifted several notches because of the conference. Thanks also to all the CM Health staff who attended. Best Wishes, Geraint A Martin, CEO, CM Health
Counties Manukau District Health Board has a new name and new logo - but rest assured we will still provide the same excellent services and care our patients have come to expect. It’s been a challenging process. Firstly our brand and values needed to be aligned with our commitment to the Triple Aim of keeping people well, improving patient experience, and affordability. Secondly it needed to define who we are and what we stand for. Our strategic objective is to become the best health care system in Australasia by 2015 and to achieve a balance between excellence and sustainability. The realignment of our brand reflects this journey and our surroundings, our history of Maaori settlement and our aspirations. Blue: The blue colour reflects the waters which bound our district and relates to the special significance of the Waikato river to Tainui Maaori. Wings: Fan shape reflects a birds open wings. Wings reflect freedom from illness and flight to a new future. Partnership: The interwoven wings establish the importance of partnership – wings are interdependent and must work together to function properly, this reflects our focus on integrated services and working closely with our partners and communities. Weaving pattern: Lines when crossed, reference Maaori weaving and have strong architectural cues. The three lines at the tip represent the three main cultures of Counties Manukau district - Maaori / Polynesian; Asian /Indian; and European. Manukau: The full name of the Manukau harbour is “Te Maanukanuka o Hoturoa” meaning, “the compelling paddling of Hoturoa” recognising the anticipation experienced as the Tainui canoe was paddled into the Manukau Harbour for the first time, and a possible reason as to why it was carried across the Tamaki isthmus to the Waitemata Harbour.
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