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About SWOSN

Vision, Mission, and Values


The Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network (SWOSN) is 1 of 11 stroke networks in Ontario providing leadership and planning to implement best practice stroke care across the continuum of care.

As part of the Ontario Stroke System, our vision is FEWER STROKES. BETTER OUTCOMES.

Our mission is to continuously improve stroke prevention, care, recovery and re-integration. This is achieved by collaborating with partners to re-organize stroke care delivery to ensure that all Ontarians have access to appropriate, quality stroke care in a timely manner.
 

Building on the excellent foundation of the Ontario Stroke System, we value:

  • Equity and Comprehensiveness
  • Accountability and Integrity
  • Transparency and Engagement
  • Learning and Performance Improvement
  • Leadership and Innovation
 
 

History of the Stroke Network


In 1997, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario convened a group of stroke experts from across the province to develop a framework for stroke care in Ontario, launching the Coordinated Stroke Strategy.

In 2000, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care supported the development of the Ontario Stroke System. The goal of the stroke system is to decrease the incidence of stroke and improve care and outcomes by reorganizing stroke care to ensure that all Ontarians have access to appropriate, quality stroke care in a timely manner.

The Ontario Stroke Network (OSN) was created in 2008 to provide provincial leadership and planning for the continuum of stroke care in Ontario. Its key function is to enable the advancement of the Ontario Stroke System through leading provincial initiatives, acting as a credible advisor, evaluating and driving system performance and coordinating research and knowledge management programs. More information about the OSN is available at its website: www.ontariostrokenetwork.ca.
 

Why should we focus on Stroke Care?
  • 3rd leading cause of death in Canada
  • 2nd leading cause of dementia
  • Single largest group for referral to Long Term Care Homes
  • After stroke 60% are left with some disability, 40% require intense rehabilitation

The Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network (SWOSN) is 1 of 11 stroke networks in Ontario providing leadership and planning to support stroke best practices across the care continuum. Our program collaborates with hospitals and agencies within the community to support regional and local quality improvement strategies in stroke care and prevention. As part of the Ontario stroke system, our vision is FEWER STROKES. BETTER OUTCOMES. Some key functions at SWOSN are:
  • to identify and implement best practices,
  • promote equity of access to care and services,
  • foster effective use of resources through innovation, quality improvement and integration/coordination of service delivery, and
  • to support system design and evaluation