About our Organization
The members of the Northwest Health Alliance are like any other corporate entity in that they elect a Board of Directors and receive reports on the operations of the corporation.
Collectively, the members “own” the corporation. Members pay a small annual fee to support the administration of the Alliance including audit and insurance costs, meeting expenses, etc.
Healthcare service providers in Northwest Ontario are generally small organizations spread out over a huge geography that is almost the size of France. Out of necessity then, HSPs in the Northwest have a long history of cooperation and collaboration in order to gain some efficiencies of scale and to provide the best possible service to the population.
The hospitals in Northwest Ontario started using shared systems in 2004/05 and soon recognized the need for a formal governance structure for these shared systems. Incorporated in 2007, the Northwest Health Alliance was formed in response to that need to promote collaboration, efficiency and effectiveness in the provision of health services and to promote information technology in support of health and wellness. In addition, the Alliance was tasked to develop, implement and manage shared services that will enhance the provision of health care for the benefit of its members and the population served.
Since its inception, the NWHA mission has been to facilitate collaboration among health service providers in order to improve the delivery of health care for patients in Northwestern Ontario.