2014 Excellence in Medicine Award – Camille Orridge

Camille Orridge

More than 40 years after arriving in Canada from Jamaica, and working as a ward maid at Toronto General Hospital, a vivacious Camille Orridge still lives by her own words: “I won’t be boxed in by anyone else’s perceptions about what I can or cannot do. We will take our rightful place and we will achieve.”

These are words to live by if ever there were any.

Orridge now sits as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Toronto Central (TC) Local Health Integration Network (LHIN), one of 14 health regions responsible for planning and managing local health care services.

As CEO, Orridge oversees an organization responsible for the overall performance of over 170 Toronto health service providers, and for allocating $4.2 billion to hospitals, long-term care homes, and community agencies.  She is also accountable for shared services for all 14 LHINs.

Throughout her career, the social change agent has advanced strategies to design services around patient needs, including spearheading a regional quality improvement strategy in TC LHIN.

For the first time, all TC LHIN providers will be accountable for common quality goals and indicators including those related to the patient experience.

Orridge has also made improving health equity a priority in the TC LHIN.  Under her leadership, the TC LHIN launched Language Services Toronto, a shared telephone interpretation service that will expand access for non-English speaking patients at Toronto hospitals and community agencies while lowering costs for providers.

During her tenure as CEO of the Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre (TC CCAC), Orridge worked to strengthen the community health sector to better serve Toronto’s aging and diverse population.

As a member of the Joint Centre for Bioethics, she led the development of a Code of Ethics for Care in the Community. Orridge was the driving force behind innovations including Resource Matching and Referral Program and the TC LHIN’s Integrated Client Care Project which are providing complex patients the necessary supports to remain in the community.

A passionate advocate for developing strong and inclusive communities, her community-based work includes being a founding Board member of the Pathways to Education Program in Regent Park and serving as co-chair of the Board for the AIDs Committee of Toronto.

Orridge is a frequent guest presenter to various organizations/forums including: The Ontario Hospital Association’s Health Achieve conference; Queen’s University’s Policy Forum — “Response to Dr. Walker’s Report Caring for an Aging Population and Addressing Alternative Levels of Care”; and the City of Toronto’s Seniors Strategy, Expert Panel.

Camille Orridge serves on the Board of the Ontario Telehealth Network and is a member of BRIDGES Governance Committee for the University of Toronto Department of Community and Family Medicine.

Among her awards are: The National 25 Top Women of Influence Award; Paul Croutch Award from The Good Neighbour’s Club for outstanding service to the needs of the homeless; Health Equity Council, Women of Distinction Award; and Society of Graduates in Health Administration, University of Toronto, Leadership Achievement Award.

Orridge was featured among other notable Jamaicans in Canada in, When Ackee Meets Codfish, 2012 – a book that highlights the contributions of Jamaican-Canadians to nation building in their adoptive home.

The community health stalwart holds a Master’s Degree in Health Administration from the University of Toronto and is a long-standing member of the Canadian College of Health Service Executives.