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Toronto Stroke Networks Updates

Below is a listing of current news items.  For previously posted items, please refer to the Archived Posts page.

Announcing CorHealth Ontario



We are CorHealth Ontario

Dear Colleague,

It is my pleasure to introduce CorHealth Ontario, an organization formed by the merger of the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario and the Ontario Stroke Network!

Our mandate spans cardiac, stroke and vascular services through the continuum of care, where we will strive to provide a strategic understanding of the needs of both patients and providers as the basis for clinical quality improvement, provincial planning, resource allocation and performance measurement.

This marks the culmination of a journey we began in April 2016, when our two organizations merged. Together, we embarked on a Board-led exercise to set the foundation for a reimagined and integrated entity, with a clear, unified and forward-looking mandate.

Today, we are CorHealth Ontario, and with our new brand we launch our inaugural Strategic Plan. The Plan builds on the core strengths of our legacy organizations, with an increased emphasis on leveraging and building clinical leadership, more formally engaging partners, and integrating efforts across disease states and the system of care.

Indeed, we’re tremendously proud to mark this milestone in our organization’s evolution, but we could not have reached it without the steadfast support of so many of our colleagues and stakeholders. I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our current and legacy Boards of Directors, our staff, and our partners at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Local Health Integration Networks, Ontario hospitals and health agencies, and so many more.

On behalf of the CorHealth Ontario team, I thank you. We look forward to working with you as we strive to realize our new vision of the best cardiac, stroke and vascular care for all Ontarians.



Sheila Jarvis
Interim CEO, CorHealth Ontario


As of June 22, 2017, we are CorHealth Ontario, an organization formed by the merger of the Cardiac Care Network of Ontario and the Ontario Stroke Network, with an expanded mandate spanning cardiac, stroke and vascular care. Visit us at


Provincial Interprofessional Stroke Core Competency Framework

Final framework is now available at:



To fulfill one of the Ontario Stroke Network’s (OSN) provincial priorities, a provincial working group was formed to develop a comprehensive Provincial Interprofessional Stroke Core Competency Framework. Today, June 23rd 2017 marks the official launch of this framework! Ultimately, this framework, aims to provide health care professionals working in stroke with a clear, comprehensive way to achieve the core competencies needed for evidence based stroke care. The framework supports a baseline level of competency province-wide, and encourages stroke specific professional growth.



The Stroke Core Competencies (SCC) are an online framework consisting of a core set of stroke competencies for six disciplines – Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Speech-Language Pathology, Social Work, and Recreation Therapy. The SCC was created to support health care professionals who may be working in stroke care to build fundamental stroke knowledge. Each competency contains a number of learning objectives, recommended learning resources/knowledge translation tools and suggested evaluation methods.


16 Competencies for Each Discipline

  •  Principles of Stroke Care
  •  Anatomy and Physiology of Stroke
  •  Cardiovascular Respiratory Effects
  •  Psychosocial Effects
  •  Communication
  •  Independence in Mobility and Prevention of Complications
  •  Routine Activities of Daily Living
  •  Instrumental Activities of Daily Living
  •  Cognitive, Perceptual and Behavioural Changes Post Stroke
  •  Sexuality
  •  Nutrition
  •  Dysphagia
  •  Skin Care
  •  Continence Management
  •  Primary/Secondary Stroke Prevention
  •  Transition Management


The framework was piloted in 2016-17, to obtain feedback from over 30 organizations across the province. This feedback was then used to inform the final product.

The framework comes equipped with a self-rating scale which allows health care providers to identify priority learning areas. As the competencies are selected, the individual or team can establish a realistic time frame for completion.

Examples for use include:

  • Orientation of new staff
  • Team Education
  • Self-Learning Plans
  • Performance Appraisal Goals
  • Accreditation
  • Professional Reflective Practice


Learn more by visiting the Core Competencies page of the OSN website at


You may also click here to view a webinar presentation about the framework.


Contact Information:

Michelle Donald (Co-Chair) Susan Bursey (Co-Chair)
ac.koorbynnusnull@dlanod.ellehcim ac.yrubdusnshnull@yesrubs
416-480-6100 Ext. 7426 705-523-7100 Ext. 1668


Let’s Celebrate “June is Stroke Month” by honouring our TSNs Patient and Family Advisors

Fighting with Stroke

Story of Ajit Pahwa, a TSNs Patient Advisor, who is successfully fighting stroke conditions.
The development of this video is funded in part by the Government of Canada through New Horizons for Seniors Program 2016/2017.


For other patient stories, please go to the Welcome Page.


Updated Stroke QBP Clinical Handbook is Now Available

Effective April 1 2017, the updated Quality-Based Procedures (QBP) Clinical Handbook for Stroke (Acute and Postacute) can be accessed at the following website:  This QBP Clinical Handbook is released in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Health Quality Ontario, and the Ontario Stroke Network.

For a description on the changes made to this QBP Clinical Handbook, and information on upcoming webinars and Frequently Asked Questions, please click HERE.


Heart & Stroke F.A.S.T. Campaign

The Heart & Stroke has embarked on the FAST Campaign to enhance public awareness of the signs of stroke and encourage the public to call 9-1-1 immediately when a stroke is suspected.

FAST stands for Face Arm Speech Time (see below graphic).  Help the Toronto Stroke Networks and Heart & Stroke Foundation spread the word and decrease the impact of stroke in 2015!  Time is brain.

For more information, please visit the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada website.


Signs of a Stroke

If you experience any of the following signs dial 911 immediately.Read More