Vision, Mission and Values

Vision

An integrated provincial health-care system with reduced wait times, improved access to health services and consistent, reliable standards of care for all Manitobans.

Mission

To build an accessible and integrated health system that coordinates consistent and reliable care, capitalizes on talent and expertise across the province, demonstrates positive outcomes and focuses shared resources to effectively serve the health needs of Manitobans.

Values

Patient-centred: Care should be patient-focused, with decisions and models of care centered around the needs of the individual. Seamless and streamlined pathways should exist to guide people across the continuum of care from community to acute-care facilities.

Integrated: Planning should support a gradual and strategic shift in health system focus from the current acute care-centric model toward community and primary care. Plans should include the development of preventive health-care services, including an emphasis on services provided by public health.

Collaborative: Plans should incorporate the full scope of practice of the appropriate health sector workforce and should include collaborative models of care where appropriate.

Innovative: Innovation through use of digital technology and analytics will be supported and patient participation in health-care choices must be encouraged.

Effective: Provincial care models must be safe, evidence-based, quality-ensured and sustainable.

Equitable and Accessible: Care should be both equitable and accessible, with consideration given in planning to the geographic distribution of Manitoba’s population and the need for reliable local access to core services and clearly-defined access to referred and specialty services.

Inclusive: Provincial care models should respect the cultural practices and care needs of Manitoba’s Indigenous populations.

Responsible: Planning must consider the impact to all associated support services – capital planning, human resources, information and communications technology (ICT), recruitment and retention, etc. and provide direction for future strategic planning.


Manitoba’s health-care system touches every Manitoban and makes up the largest part of the province’s budget.

Shared Health envisions a health system that takes a provincial view of all resources, expertise and functions. This new system will be integrated, coordinated and able to make and sustain significant improvements – reduced wait times, increased access to health services and consistent and reliable standards of care – for all Manitobans.

Until now, the health “system” has been structured in such a way that planning decisions have, for the most part, been made in isolation. Government provided funding to health regions and other related organizations, which in turn planned and managed the delivery of care within their own geographic or organizational area.

Manitoba is not a large enough community to sustain this kind of separation. We need one health system.

Building this new system will require structural and organizational reform that is patient focused, evidence based and clinically informed. Shared Health will apply best practices that have been successful across Canada and around the globe, combined with the experience and knowledge of Manitoba’s own clinical leaders. This approach will ensure Shared Health-led initiatives adapt to changing population needs and prioritize resources to ensure safe, accessible and consistent care for Manitobans.

Collaboration will be vital to creating health-care solutions that meet the needs of all Manitobans – with patients and their families, clinical leaders and health-system staff - as no single initiative will address all of the challenges identified by recent studies and reviews of Manitoba’s health system.

Shared Health will develop a multi-year clinical and preventive services plan for the province. Working with teams of health-care providers from a wide range of professional backgrounds, clinical and geographic experiences and health-system organizations, this plan will ensure services are focused on the patient, taking into account how patients move through and across the continuum of health-care services throughout their lifetimes.

Why is a provincial plan important? It will outline how and where care is provided, suggest the need for new services or changes to services and allow us to use data to plan, implement and evaluate health practices.

It will also drive strategic decisions across the entire health system, enabling long-term planning around education, staffing, recruitment and retention efforts, infrastructure and equipment investments, as well as coordinating supply chains, digital technology and analytics.