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What We Do

The Regional Geriatric Program (RGP) of Toronto is focused on achieving better health outcomes for older adults living with frailty across the healthcare system.

Supporting healthcare providers in their delivery of specialized geriatric services across our local network of 25 participating organizations

Collaborating and connecting with our system partners, such as Ontario’s Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), Health Quality Ontario (HQO), and the Regional Geriatric Programs of Ontario on provincial initiatives

Engaging directly with older adults and their caregivers so that we can advocate for health system change that reflects their real challenges

Who We Are


We are the trusted leader in the care of older adults living with frailty, and are sought out by providers, care seekers, and policymakers.

Caring with Integrity

We are a generous partner in senior friendly care, collaborating with all stakeholders to provide trustworthy information, advocacy, and support.

Frailty Focused

We are the experts in specialized services for older adults living with frailty. We speak with a clear voice, focused on evidence-based care.

Ahead of Our Time

We innovate bold solutions to complex care problems, and drive system change to advance the quality of care for older adults living with frailty.

Capacity Building

With a holistic approach, we build capacity by providing essential educational resources.

Our Vision, Mission & Mandate


Better health outcomes for frail seniors.


We support health care providers in the delivery of interprofessional, senior-friendly, and evidence-based care that optimizes the function and independence of seniors and supports aging in place.


System level coordination and performance management of regional specialized geriatric services.

Research and evaluation on best practices for senior friendly, frailty-focused care.

Capacity Building
Empower and support providers, persons and families to build better health outcomes for frail seniors.

Advocacy on issues to build better health outcomes for frail seniors.

How We Are Governed

We are a not-for-profit corporation governed by a Board of Directors, funded by and accountable to the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). The Board sets our vision, mission, and policies, and supervises the affairs of the corporation.

The Board of Directors

The Board comprises 11 directors who are elected by the members of the corporation. They are selected based on their diverse perspectives and experience, their capacity to provide excellent board leadership and their commitment to the vision and mission of the RGP. All members of the corporation have the opportunity to elect the board at the annual general meeting.

To reflect our mission, and provide a balance among institutional and community interests, the composition of the Board includes four members from our local network of participating organizations, one member who brings an academic perspective, and six citizens from the community at large.

From Hospitals with RGP Participation Agreements
Linda Jackson
Karim Mamdani
Tim Rutledge
Ru Taggar
Geoff Fernie
Carol Anderson
Caroline Brereton
Gail Donner
Scott Dudgeon (Chair)
Cathy Fooks
Linda Jackson
Shirlee Sharkey
RGP Staff
Barbara Liu, Executive Director (ex officio)
Marlene Awad, Director of Operations (Staff)

Members of the Corporation

Membership comprises the Board, RGP Participating Organizations, and Additional Organizations. All of these membership groups are voting members.

RGP Participating Organizations
Humber River Hospital
Lakeridge Health Corporation
Mackenzie Health
Markham Stouffville Hospital
Michael Garron Hospital
North York General Hospital
Northumberland Hills Hospital
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Orillia Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital
Peterborough Regional Health Centre
Providence Healthcare *
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
Scarborough and Rouge Hospital
Sinai Health System
Southlake Regional Health Centre
St. Joseph’s Health Centre *
St. Michael’s Hospital *
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
The Salvation Army Toronto Grace Health Centre
Trillium Health Partners
University Health Network
West Park Healthcare Centre
William Osler Health System
Women’s College Hospital
* merged on August 1, 2017 to form Providence, St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s
Other Organizations
Central Community Care Access Centre*
Central East Community Care Access Centre*
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Mississauga – Halton Community Care Access Centre
Reconnect Community Health Services
St. Elizabeth Health Care
Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre*
Victorian Order of Nurses – Durham
Victorian Order of Nurses – Peel
Victorian Order of Nurses – Toronto & York Region
* These organizations have transitioned under the Central LHIN, Central East LHIN, and Toronto Central LHIN respectively. 

30 Years Of Experience


RGP of Toronto Established

In response to Ministry of Health guidelines, we commenced operations with 7 participating organizations, supported by a central administrative office.

The RGP of Toronto is part of the RGPs of Ontario; a provincial collaborative of 11 RGPs and LHIN-based networks.


RGP of Toronto Incorporated and Network Expanded

Incorporated as a not-for-profit organization. A board was established and growth plans were put in place.

Our network expands over the years, to include 25 participating organizations in 6 LHINS.


PRC Program Launched

Developed the Psychogeriatric Resource Consultation (PRC) program, comprising 11 health professionals who provide knowledge to practice (KTP) services to healthcare professionals in long-term care homes (LTCHs), community service agencies, and in home and community care who provide care for older adults with complex behaviors associated with dementia and associated neurological conditions, late life mental illness, and addictions.


GEM Nursing Network Created

GEM nurses provide comprehensive geriatric nursing assessment and care planning for frail older adults in emergency departments.

From 2007-2010, we led the expansion of this program which grew from eight nurses to 130 nurses in 60 hospitals.


GiiC Project Launched / Outreach Services Expanded

The Geriatric Interprofessional and Interorganizational Collaboration was a 2-year provincial knowledge-to-practice initiative for primary care professionals.

Four outreach teams grew to 11 teams.




Emergency Mobile Nursing Services Launched

Nurse Led Outreach Teams (NLOTs) provide emergency mobile nursing services in long-term care homes.

We led the development of these services in 3 LHINS. We currently coordinate 10 advanced practice nurses across 4 hospitals in the CLHIN.


Pan-LHIN Senior Friendly Hospital (SFH) Strategy Launched

In collaboration with many stakeholders, we lead this strategy, which has included two province-wide environmental scans, the identification and evaluation of indicators, and capacity building. The strategy identified two priorities for hospitals in Ontario – preventing functional decline through early mobilization and the prevention and management of delirium.



The Senior Friendly Hospital (SFH) ACTION (Accelerating Change Together in Ontario) initiative includes 87-hospitals engaged in knowledge-to-practice (KTP) activities while implementing locally identified improvement projects.


Senior Friendly Care Framework Launched

This evidence-based framework serves as a foundation for improving care for older adults across the healthcare continuum.

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