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South East RPCN Steering Committee

We're Seeking New Steering Committee Membership!

Inviting passionate leaders to achieve results in Palliative Care.
The SE RPCN Steering Committee is looking for four regional leaders who are dedicated to the transformation of the delivery of palliative care in our region. To keep the committee with diverse skills while continuing to cover a large geographic area, preferred candidates should represent one of the following categories: patient experience, hospice, communication or primary care ideally in Rural Hastings and Rural Frontenac, Lennox & Addington.

Those interested in participating are asked to submit an application by Friday September 14, 2018. Please click here for application details.

The application submissions are now closed. If you are still interested becoming a member, email SouthEastPalliativeCare@lhins.on.ca for more information.

Steering Committee Minutes

The regional steering committee meets monthly to support the coordinated, standardized approach for the delivery of hospice palliative care services in the South East. The minutes of these meetings are listed below: 

Steering Committee Minutes 2018

Steering Committee Minutes 2017

Steering Committee Minutes 2016


The South East Regional Palliative Care Steering Committee 

The South East RPCN steering committee reviews all hospice palliative care work, making recommendations to the executive on improvements to hospice palliative care to ensure the effective and coordinated delivery of palliative care in our region. As committee members, they provide leadership and advice to the LHINand cancer program Regional Vice-President as well as oversight and support to those in our LHIN involved in implementing a strategy for achieving a high-performing palliative care system using continuous quality improvement methods.

Steering committee terms of reference.

Kerry Stewart

Kerry Stewart, Patient Caregiver Advisor

The only people who travel the entire journey through our system are the patients and their families. I want to share my perspectives to support and enhance the development of wide spread, timely palliative care in our communities. I strongly believe that a palliative approach to care should be available to everyone when and where they choose.<  


Denise Reynolds Patient Caregiver Adviser South East LHIN

Denise Reynolds, Patient Caregiver Advisor

I have been involved with Palliative Care in past years and have recently cared for my Mom during her elder years, her palliative care and end of life.  My Mom and I were always very close, my Dad died when I was 14 years old, and it was then just her and I. Because of my journey with her, I want to be a part of the solution for her, for our community and the future of our health care.


Helen Cluett, Family Physician; Board Chair, Prince Edward Family Health Team

There are many challenges facing the South East region as it tries to provide palliative care across its large and highly rural geography, and I would like to be part of addressing these challenges. As a family physician with experience in rural palliative care, I value person-centered care and am a passionate advocate for that in my practice and in the interdisciplinary team I work with.

Linda Price, Director of Maternal Child, Mental Health, Patient Flow & Interim Program Director of Oncology, Quinte Health Care

Throughout my career, from working as a front-line nurse in complex continuing care, surgery and emergency, I have always had a special interest in palliative care. I believe that working together with patients, families and community partners we can advance the priorities of hospice and palliative care in the South East LHIN.  

Alfred O’Rourke, Executive Director, Sherwood Park Manor

I have been in healthcare leadership for over 35 years, and in Seniors Care Leadership for 10 of those years. I believe our system of care needs to be better understood and better integrated in order to provide the most timely and patient-centred palliative care in the Southeast.


Michelle Bellows, VP - Patient Care Services & CNE, Perth & Smiths Falls District Hospital

I have had the experience of providing palliative care to family members and each experience brings with it a new dynamic and an opportunity for personal reflection and learning. As a health care leader I know that thinking on a system level is quite challenging, however, if you have belief in system change then this challenge becomes the opportunity for improvement.

Laurie French, Director, Special Programs, South East LHIN
I have immense respect for those who give so much to patients as they end their lives having lost my own Mom to Cancer, particularly since beginning to work more with the palliative care sector. I have been a nurse manager for many years with a focus on quality improvement that I hope will benefit the work to be done to fully put our Patients First, who deserve the best possible experience the system can give them. 


Kara Schneider, Palliative Care Physician, Quinte West
I am a palliative physician providing hospital and community care at Quinte Health Care. I have enhanced training in Pediatric Palliative Care and is interested in improving access to quality palliative and hospice care in Trenton and surrounding areas.

Janine Mels-Dyer, Senior Director, Rehabilitation and Complex Care, Providence Care Hospital
Having worked in a clinical setting within healthcare for over 20 years and the last decade in a leadership capacity, I am interested in supporting and bridging services offering integrated, patient/family centered, interprofessional and evidence-based care for the patients and families involved with Palliative Care services within our region.

Tracy Kent-Hillis, Director of Patient Care and Chief Nursing Officer, Lennox & Addington County General Hospital
I have been personally and professionally involved in palliative care in both cities and small communities. As a senior health care leader, I am passionate about creating systems that support patients and families at some of the most difficult times in their lives. I believe that by working in partnership the opportunities for enhancements can be realised.
Karen Moore, Executive Director, Hospice Prince Edward/HPEF
I have had the privilege of visiting with individuals and families through their journey and at end of life, and listening to their stories of hope. I welcome the opportunity to engage with others on how to address the needs of individuals and families in providing early access to patient-centered palliative care in the SE LHIN.


Ex-officio members


Brenda Carter                   Regional Vice President, South East Regional Cancer Program

EXECUTIVE CO-LEAD:Brenda Carter, Regional Vice President, South East Regional Cancer Program

There is a strong commitment on this steering committee to making a difference for patients and families. Although we are in the early stages, our goal is improved access and equity in hospice palliative care across our region.


Joanne Billing

EXECUTIVE CO-LEAD: Joanne Billing, Vice President, Home and Community Care, South East LHIN

As a health care leader within the South East LHIN, I have, for many years been involved with the palliative care community and observed great progress in the delivery of care.  I want to continue to influence the necessary changes to improve our collective response to the needs of palliative and end of life care patients and their families. 


Hilary Blair, South East Regional Palliative Care Network Lead

Hilary has a Master’s of Science in Aging and Health and previous experience supporting caregivers and older adults living with various chronic conditions in the community. As the Hospice Palliative Care Planner and Regional Palliative Care Network Lead in the South East LHIN, I look forward to working collaboratively with others to improve the system of care across the region.


Natalie Kondor, Multidisciplinary Clinical Co-Lead, Regional Palliative Care Network

Dr. Kondor has focused her practice on the provision of palliative care to patients in the community and at the palliative care unit at Providence Care Hospital.  She is an Assistant Professor through the Department of Family Medicine, Queen's University.  Since 2014, she has acted as the Cancer Care Ontario / Ontario Palliative Care Network Clinical Co-lead for the South East LHIN region.


Supporting the Network

Stephanie Giroux
Administrative Assistant for the Regional Palliative Care Network. She is based in Merrickville at Rideau Community Health Services (RCHS), where she divides her time between her role as Administrative Assistant for the Network as well as for RCHS. 


Ruth Dimopoulos
As the Quality Improvement Coach to the South East Regional Palliative Care Network, I provide quality improvement support to the dedicated Priority Project Teams consisting of health care providers, family and caregivers. Improvement Science combined with the palliative care knowledge of those delivering care, as well as learning from the experiences of caregivers and family supporting loved ones through their end of life journey, is a powerful recipe for improvement.  I am proud to be part of this important work in the South East LHIN.