About

About Us

Partners Community Health is a not-for-profit, charitable organization focused on bringing healthcare services together around the needs of people living in Mississauga and West Toronto. True to our name, Partners Community Health is dedicated to working with community partners to deliver an integrated system of care that puts people first. 

Partners Community Health manages Camilla Care long-term care home (as of April 1st, 2022), and is leading the development of new health centre in Mississauga, which will function as an interconnected community for seniors and caregivers.

Our Vision, Mission & Values

Vision

To honour lives and choices and deliver seamless care.

Mission

We are committed to building strong system partnerships and connections that put people first, a learning and leading healthcare community and best in class service across the aging continuum.

Our Values

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Compassion

We care for all people with respect, dignity and empathy

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Excellence

We provide high quality care with an optimal experience in a learning environment

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Inclusivity

We bring diversity, equity and cultural appropriateness into everything we do

Creativity

We are innovative and embrace new and different ideas

Our Leadership Team

Partners Community Health is led by experienced health professionals who share a passion for compassionate, inclusive care across the aging continuum.

Tess Romain

President

Tess is an experienced leader in the Ontario healthcare system, focused on improving outcomes for patients and communities through local and system-level transformation.

Prior to joining PCH, she was the Transitional Regional Lead for Ontario Health (Toronto) and CEO of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

During her time at Toronto Central, Tess led portfolios in communications, strategy, integration, and planning. She played a key role in the integration of Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre with the Toronto Central LHIN, led the integrated Home & Community Care program through transformational change, and spearheaded the development of Local Collaboratives to support local integrated health system delivery networks, which was the foundation of Ontario Health Teams. Tess also championed an equity focus with the launch of a Toronto Region Anti-Racism Framework. Finally, she led the COVID-19 response in Toronto Region for 16 months in collaboration with health and non-health partners, including the launch of the GTA Incident Management Structure (IMS).

Before joining the LHIN, Tess was the Director of Strategy Management and Governance at Joseph Brant Hospital. She has also served in senior-level positions for the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Public Infrastructure Renewal in Ontario.

Tess is dedicated to patient-centred, equitable access to healthcare through partnership and collaboration across healthcare and beyond to improve the outcomes and experience for those we serve.

Raj Krishnapillai

Vice President, Business Operations and Chief Financial Officer

Raj is an experienced health systems leader with over 20 years of progressive leadership in the health care, not-for-profit and private sectors. Raj joins PCH from Ontario Health’s Toronto Region where, most recently, he was their Vice President of Performance, Accountability and Funding Allocation. Prior to his role at Ontario Health, Raj spent over 10 years at the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) as CFO, leading the finance and corporate services functions. 

At PCH, Raj plays an important role in supporting the organization’s strategy execution and organizational effectiveness. Through his leadership of the Business Operations Portfolio, Raj enables and elevates operational excellence of PCH’s financial management, performance management, procurement, information systems and administrative functions. 

Known as a collaborative leader, Raj has exceptional skill working with diverse stakeholders including organizational boards, provincial ministries, senior management teams and community partners and has a proven track record of driving operational efficiency and leading business and transformational strategy in healthcare delivery. 

Raj holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from University of Athabasca, and is a Designated CPA, CGA.

Ruben Hernandez Rodriguez

Vice President, Seniors Care and Clinical Services

Ruben comes to PCH from Humber River Hospital where he was the Program Director of Post Acute & Reactivation Care and Clinical Lead Development of Humber Meadows Long-Term Care.  

At PCH, Ruben will provide strategic leadership and oversight on the administration, direction and coordination of our new long-term care homes (Wellbrook Place).  

Ruben is a registered nurse and leader with over 19 years of experience across the healthcare sector. He is passionate about continuous quality improvement and evidence-based practice and is interested in creating avenues that lead to an equitable health system with a focus on healthy aging at home.  

Ruben holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a major in Business Analytics. He is currently completing a Doctorate in Health Administration from the University of Phoenix with a research focus on the development of nurse leaders in Long-term Care.  

Fiorinta Flammia

Executive Director, Wellbrook Place West

Fiorinta is an experienced Executive Director in long-term care with over 10 years of leadership experience. She holds certificates in Gentle Persuasion Approach, IPAC Fundamentals, CLRI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training and has completed AdvantAge Ontario’s Administrator Leadership Program. 

Fiorinta has leveraged her extensive background in long-term care and human resources to support several long-term care operators, including working with The City of Toronto and supporting the operations of multiple homes in previous roles. She is a client focused leader, who understands the value of building sustainable working relationships with staff, residents, and the community. 

Deslyn Willock

Executive Director, Wellbrook Place East

Deslyn is an experienced Executive Director in long-term care with over 11 years of leadership experience. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with honours in Sociology, Social Service Worker-Gerontology with Honours diploma, and certificates in P.I.E.C.E.S., DementiAbility, and is a certified Long Term Care Administrator.

 

Deslyn’s work in the healthcare sector is extensive through collaboration with key community partners such as hospitals, client placement agencies, non-profit agencies, government stakeholders and working with teams preparing for Accreditation through Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and Accreditation Canada.

 

As a community advocate, Deslyn is a dedicated Rotarian and participates in multiple community and charitable activities that serve local and international communities.

Joel Borgida

Director, People and Culture

Joel has 18 years of experience leading Human Resources and Organizational Development teams within Ontario’s health care system and the not-for-profit sector. Joel has led HR, organizational development and communications teams in hospital, long-term care, community, and government sectors and brings a person-centred approach to his professional focus on leadership development, change management, employee engagement, strategy, and culture development.

Prior to joining PCH, Joel held the role of Vice-President of Human Resources and Organizational Development at the Toronto Central LHIN. Joel is also a certified executive coach and holds certifications in facilitation and alternative dispute resolution.

In his current role as the Director of People and Culture at PCH, Joel is leading the people practices and is dedicated to developing an engaged, healthy, inclusive workforce and workplace culture.

Shaun Dias

Director, Communications and Public Affairs

Shaun joins PCH after twelve years in progressively senior communications roles at Toronto’s University Health Network. He is known by colleagues as a passionate healthcare advocate who brings a positive attitude and keen strategic advice to his work.

Most recently, Shaun served as Team Lead, Communications for the University Health Network. During his time at UHN, Shaun engaged closely with the public as he led communications projects with significant community impacts. He played an important role in the launch of Canada’s first COVID-19 vaccine clinic in December 2020 and continued to support vaccine distribution in the community. He also engaged closely with members of the Parkdale and Kensington communities, helping UHN gain community endorsement for the construction of a 51-unit modular housing build and the expansion of UHN’s Toronto Western Hospital site.

Shaun has worked for over a decade to share the incredible work of healthcare professionals with the community. He is excited to work with the PCH to strengthen community relationships that both inform and raise awareness of our important healthcare initiatives.

Kathy Lashley

Director, Strategy and Governance

Kathy is a practiced leader in the healthcare industry, with a focus on long-term care, system flow and capacity, and extensive experience working with seniors and individuals with dementia. Kathy comes to PCH from Ontario Health Toronto Region, where she worked with hospital, community support, long-term care, and other partners to support the transfer of ALC and complex patients across the continuum of care in response to hospital pressures. In this role, Kathy worked closely with the community support sector to develop new and innovative places of care, including short term transitional care models. 

Kathy brings additional expertise in project management, Home and Community Care, and Long-Term Care operations, honed during her time as a leader at the (former) Toronto CCAC, Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), and Kensington Health Centre.

Tess Romain

President, CEO

Tess is an experienced leader in the Ontario health care system focused on improving outcomes for patients and communities through local and system-level transformation. Prior to joining PCH, she was the Transitional Regional Lead for Ontario Health (Toronto) and CEO of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

During her time at Toronto Central, Tess led portfolios in communications, strategy, integration, and planning. She played a key role in the integration of Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre with the Toronto Central LHIN, led the integrated Home & Community Care program through transformational change, and spearheaded the development of Local Collaboratives to support local integrated health system delivery networks, which was the foundation of Ontario Health Teams. Tess also championed an equity focus with the launch of a Toronto Region Anti-Racism Framework. Finally, she led the COVID-19 response in Toronto Region for 16 months in collaboration with health and non-health partners, including the launch of the GTA Incident Management Structure (IMS).

Before joining the LHIN, Tess was the Director of Strategy Management and Governance at Joseph Brant Hospital. She has also served in senior-level positions for the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Public Infrastructure Renewal in Ontario. Tess is dedicated to patient-centred, equitable access to health care through partnership and collaboration across health care and beyond to improve the outcomes and experience for those we serve.

Our Leadership Team

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Governance

Our Board Of Directors

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Anita Stellinga

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Louise Smith

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Karen Wensley

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Stephanie Joyce

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Annual Report

Audited Financials

Tess Romain

Tess is an experienced leader in the Ontario health care system focused on improving outcomes for patients and communities through local and system-level transformation. Prior to joining PCH, she was the Transitional Regional Lead for Ontario Health (Toronto) and CEO of the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN).

During her time at Toronto Central, Tess led portfolios in communications, strategy, integration, and planning. She played a key role in the integration of Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre with the Toronto Central LHIN, led the integrated Home & Community Care program through transformational change, and spearheaded the development of Local Collaboratives to support local integrated health system delivery networks, which was the foundation of Ontario Health Teams. Tess also championed an equity focus with the launch of a Toronto Region Anti-Racism Framework. Finally, she led the COVID-19 response in Toronto Region for 16 months in collaboration with health and non-health partners, including the launch of the GTA Incident Management Structure (IMS).

Before joining the LHIN, Tess was the Director of Strategy Management and Governance at Joseph Brant Hospital. She has also served in senior-level positions for the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and Public Infrastructure Renewal in Ontario. Tess is dedicated to patient-centred, equitable access to health care through partnership and collaboration across health care and beyond to improve the outcomes and experience for those we serve.