Dr. Jocelyn Charles Leads Local Primary Care Strategy

Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network announces new Physician Advisor

Toronto Central Local Health Integrated Network (LHIN) is pleased to announce that Dr. Jocelyn Charles was appointed to the position of Physician Advisor, Primary Care Strategy, effective June 1st, 2017,

In her new role, Dr. Charles will act as a key liaison between the Toronto Central LHIN and local primary care providers, and will provide counsel to the Toronto Central LHIN on the advancement of its strategy to strengthen local primary care for patients.  Her first areas of focus will be finalizing the upcoming work plan, engaging local primary care leadership and supporting alignment across local LHIN strategies.

Dr. Charles completed a competitive recruitment process for the role and moves into this position from her previous Primary Care Co-Lead for the North Sub-Region position, a role that Dr. Yoel Abells will continue to undertake as sole lead for the region.

Dr. Charles appointment follows the departure of Dr. Phil Ellison who stepped down from the role.

Over his tenure at Toronto Central LHIN, Dr. Ellison held a number of advisory positions including the position of Physician Advisor, Primary Care Strategy which he held for nearly two years.  Dr. Ellison has championed the Toronto Central LHINs Primary Care Strategy to strengthen a population-based, person-centred, and integrated health care system, with a focus on primary health and community care.

Dr. Ellison has worked closely with colleagues at Toronto Central LHIN to ensure a smooth and successful transition of the strategy.



“I would like to congratulate Dr. Charles on her new role.  I look forward to continuing to work with her in her new capacity to deliver our strong primary health care strategy to improve patient access, service integration and system efficiency. As we say a fond farewell to Dr. Ellison, I would like to thank him personally for his tenacity, drive and vision in helping us to shape and implement a primary care strategy that will improve care for many patients, their families and caregivers.”

-Susan Fitzpatrick, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Central LHIN

“I am delighted to accept this new role and continue the work of championing the Primary Care strategy as we look to the next stage of its application within Toronto Central. This is an exciting time for our work and I very much look forward to continuing working closely with the Primary Care Clinical Leads and the wider LHIN Team to continue to build on this great work.

I thank Dr. Ellison for all of his many contributions, his dedication and hard work in advancing the strategy and wish him well in his future endeavors.”

-Dr. Jocelyn Charles, Physician Advisor, Primary Care Strategy, Toronto Central LHIN

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time working with my colleagues at the Toronto Central LHIN and the Primary Care Clinical Leads. As my professional path changes, I am extremely proud of the work I have accomplished leading the LHIN’s primary care strategy.  Dr. Jocelyn Charles has the expertise, experience and skills required to guide this strategy forward in partnership with primary care practitioners across Toronto and I wish her every success in the future.”

-Dr. Phil Ellison, Vice Chair Quality Improvement and Fidani Chair, Improvement and Innovation, Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto 



  • Click here to read more about the Toronto Central LHIN Primary Care Clinical Leads
  • Toronto Central LHIN has divided its region into five planning areas to provide a foundation for the development of local integrated systems to ensure that the residents within Toronto Central LHIN receive better health outcomes. 
  • These local planning areas will assist the Toronto Central LHIN to more effectively plan, evaluate and improve each local health system. This work will be done in consultation and partnership with its residents, patients and health service providers to ensure that the system is responsive to the unique local communities within the city of Toronto.
  • There are 1360 active primary care physicians in the Toronto Central LHIN. Source: Centre for Urban Health Solutions - March 2017.
  • In 2015, the Toronto Central LHIN released its 2015-2018 strategic plan.

About the Toronto Central LHIN

Toronto Central LHIN has the highest concentration of health services in Ontario with more than 170 health service providers delivering 210 programs. The Toronto Central LHIN is responsible for planning, integrating, and funding local health services that meet the needs of 1.2 million residents and thousands of other Ontarians who come to Toronto for care. We support high quality home and community care services, access to qualified care providers and communitybased services to help people come home from hospital or live independently at home.


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For more information

Megan Primeau

Manager, Communications

Toronto Central LHIN