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Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Collaborative
Informational Webinar

Held November 24, 2015

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Although individuals 65 and older account for only 15% of the Canadian population, they currently account for nearly half of all health and social care spending. Despite being our hospitals’ greatest users, little attention has been paid to the unique needs of frail older adults. Faced with cognitive, functional and social issues, coupled with a growing prevalence of multimorbidity – Canada’s aging population presents both a challenge and an opportunity to rethink how we organize and deliver elder care.

Organizations like Toronto’s Mount Sinai Hospital are leading the way in re-thinking how we care for our elder populations. In 2010, they became the first acute care academic health science center in Canada to make geriatrics a core strategic priority. Under the banner of the ACE Strategy, Mount Sinai has demonstrated significant improvements in overall quality of care outcomes, and has reduced lengths of stay, admissions, readmissions and inappropriate resource utilization through the successful implementation of evidence-informed care processes across the continuum of care.

CFHI is partnering with the Technology Evaluation in the Elderly Network (TVN) to launch the ACE collaborative focused on spreading Mount Sinai’s evidence-informed elder-friendly care practices. Set to launch in early 2016, the ACE collaborative is the third pan-Canadian quality improvement collaborative in CFHI’s Spreading Healthcare Innovations Initiative. Applications to the ACE Collaborative will be accepted from Nov. 24, 2015 to February 1, 2016. On Nov. 24, join us as we introduce an exciting new opportunity for healthcare leaders to implement ACE in their organizations.

Join our call to learn more about the collaborative and how you can benefit from funding and support to implement ACE in your organization.


This informational call will focus on:

  • Providing an overview of the Mount Sinai Hospital Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Strategy;
  • Introducing CFHI’s new 12-month ACE collaborative – its delivery format, content, activities and faculty; and
  • Addressing participant questions and helping assess their readiness as an organization to apply for the collaborative, based on enrollment criteria.


Samir-SinhaDr. Samir K. Sinha, MD, DPhil, FRCPC

Dr. Samir Sinha is a passionate and respected advocate for the needs of older adults. Dr. Sinha currently serves as the Director of Geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals in Toronto and was recently appointed the Peter and Shelagh Godsoe Chair in Geriatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine, Family and Community Medicine, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto and an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

A Rhodes Scholar, after completing his undergraduate medical studies at the University of Western Ontario, he obtained a Masters in Medical History and a Doctorate in Sociology at the University of Oxford’s Institute of Ageing. He has pursued his postgraduate training in Internal Medicine at the University of Toronto and in Geriatrics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Dr. Sinha's breadth of international training and expertise in health policy and the delivery of services related to the care of the elderly have made him a highly regarded expert in the care of older adults. In 2012 he was appointed by the Government of Ontario to serve as the expert lead of Ontario's Seniors Strategy and he is now working on the development of a National Seniors Strategy. In 2014, Canada’s Maclean’s Magazine proclaimed him to be one of Canada’s 50 most influential people and its most compelling voice for the elderly. Beyond Canada, Dr Sinha has further consulted and advised hospitals and health authorities in Britain, China, Iceland, Singapore and the United States on the implementation and administration of unique, integrated and innovative models of geriatric care that reduce disease burden, improve access and capacity and ultimately promote health.

john-muscedereJohn Muscedere, MD, FRCPC, Scientific Director and Chief Executive Officer, TVN

Dr. Muscedere is a Professor of Medicine at Queen’s University School of Medicine and an intensivist at Kingston General Hospital (KGH) in Kingston, Ontario. He is Research Director of the Critical Care Program at Queen’s, and serves as the Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) Critical Care Leader for the SouthEast LHIN. Dr. Muscedere is Co-Chair of the Canadian Critical Care Society (CCCS) and the Canadian Critical Care Trials Group (CCCTG) Knowledge Translation Committee.

Dr. Muscedere is an accomplished critical care researcher whose primary research interests include ventilator-associated pneumonia, clinical practice guidelines, quality improvement, knowledge translation and venous thromboembolism. He is currently leading the implementation of a Canadian Critical Care Knowledge Translation Network, aC3KTion Net, which seeks to improve the implementation of evidence informed best practices in critical care.

As an intensivist, he has first-hand knowledge of caring for the frail elderly with life limiting disease. He has been involved with TVN from its inception, having participated in the Network’s initial proposal for Network Centres of Excellence (NCE) funding, as well as serving as Chair of the TVN Knowledge Translation Committee in its first year.

claudia-amar-107Claudia Amar, RN, BScN, MHA, Senior Improvement Lead, Collaboration for Healthcare Improvement, Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement

Claudia joined CFHI in 2012 and brings six years of nursing experience, including three years as a COPD clinical case manager at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM). Claudia continues her work in COPD as the co-lead of the INSPIRED Approaches to COPD Care: Improving Care and Creating Value Collaborative - a spread collaborative supporting 19 teams from every province across Canada. She is also the project lead of the evaluation for CFHI's Atlantic Healthcare Collaboration in Chronic Disease - in addition to co-designing and implementing the evaluation, Claudia offers support to the teams involved from across Atlantic Canada. Another noteworthy project is Claudia's leadership of CFHI’s organizational self-assessment tool, Accelerating Healthcare Improvement: CFHI’s Assessment Tool. Claudia holds a Master of Health Administration from the University of Montreal and is also a graduate of the University of Montreal School of Nursing.


Stephen Samis imageStephen Samis, Vice-President, Programs, CFHI

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