I’m Kate Dewhirst.

I provide legal expertise to Ontario’s Hospitals.

Kate Dewhirst Health Law - bringing the law to life. Meet Kate (in 13 seconds)

Services for hospitals

Hospitals all over Ontario use me for these things - I'd love to help you with them too.

Credentialing

If you are a hospital CEO, Chief of Staff, Chief of Department or Medical Affairs leader I will assist with recruitment, discipline, succession planning, and change management with your Professional Staff.

I routinely represent hospital leaders in disputes with doctors, dentists, midwives or NPs before the Medical Advisory Committee and hospital Board.

I literally wrote the book on Professional Staff management and hospital privileges.

Privacy

If you have a privacy breach, I will help you properly notify affected patients, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario and professional Colleges.

I will assist you in dealing with the media and internal communications to change practices. I am able to advise you on freedom of information requests, managing your personal information banks and how to use protections for quality of care information.

Risk management

Hospitals face risk daily. You need to manage those risks strategically and in keeping with your organizational mission, vision and values.

There may be times when you feel like there is no perfect answer to your dilemma, but you still need to be able to move forward. I look at the clinical, legal, ethical, organizational and systemic issues that arise. My Anchors and Kites model helps you ask creative questions that give your team momentum.

Patient relations

I de-escalate challenging situations involving patients and their families.

My advice will equip you not to over- or under- react to any given situation. I can ghost write your letters or provide you with a script for meetings with patients and their families so you feel confident in your communications.

Policy Review

If your hospital has clinical or administrative policies that need updating, I can help.

If you are preparing for accreditation or just want to ensure you are following best practices, I write plain language policies that your team can follow.

Quality management

If you need to review a particular case or establish rounds for quality improvement, I understand quality management issues including the Quality of Care Information Protection Act, and how to use it.


Testimonials

Some things hospital leaders have said about me


Contact me.

Every website needs a contact form - here’s mine. If you think you might need legal advice, or training, if you want to know more or if you’re just having a bad day and want to tell someone about it, please get in touch.

Kate Dewhirst Health Law

Bringing the law to life.

Address:

P.O. Box 97010
Roncesvalles
Toronto Ontario M6R 3B3

Telephone:

(416) 855 9557

Please do not send any urgent, sensitive or confidential information from this website. Contacting me, sending me an email or completing a request for me to contact you will not make me your lawyer. That's because there are rules I have to follow to determine whether I can advise you. There may be situations where I cannot act for you because of a conflict of interest or if I do not have the expertise you need. You are not a client unless and until I have agreed to act for you in which case I will write to you to explain how I work and my legal terms and conditions. By clicking “Send” you acknowledge that you have read and understood this disclaimer and that Kate Dewhirst is not yet retained to represent you.

Some of Kate’s recent and upcoming events

Free healthcare privacy webinar - ask me anything!
the first Wednesday of every month

Free webinars - advance registration needed

Whether you're an experienced privacy officer or new in the field, pick Kate’s brain for free for an hour, in this live webinar. No charge, but you’ll need to register in advance.

Health Privacy Officer Foundations training
April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25 2022

For Privacy Officers within healthcare organizations.

This course focuses on how to become a more confident privacy officer and gives you the tools to document your privacy program. Full details and registration here...

Join the Shush: a collective of health privacy officers
Annual membership 2021

For Privacy Officers within healthcare organizations

This is an annual membership program that takes theory into practice and tackles real life scenarios to build Privacy Officer skills.
Full details and registration here.

Primary care webinars: Employment Law Update & Legal Issues for EDs and Board members

Part of Kate’s monthly webinar series.

Our November program will address harassment and in December we discuss privacy.
Full details of the 2022 webinar series and registration here.

Team Privacy Training Events
November 1, 4, 10, 11, 12, 22, 24 December 3, 13

For Primary Care clinics, Hospitals, Community Agencies, Mental Health Teams, Public Health Units, School Boards, Police departments

Kate trains health professionals from many more health care organizations how being privacy-respectful can improve therapeutic relationships. More details...

NEW! Ontario Hospital Association Professional Staff Credentialing Toolkit

2nd Edition is now available for managing physicians, dentists, midwives and nurse practitioners in hospitals Read here...

Free summary of all PHIPA IPC decisions

Want to read privacy breach stories to learn how to improve your work? We have summarized all the Information and Privacy Commissioner's health privacy decisions for you Download here...

Part X CYFSA Privacy Designate Course - video course online

For Privacy Designates in the child welfare sector including children's aid societies and indigenous children's well-being centres

We focus on how to implement Part X of the Child Youth and Family Services Act in your organization.
Full details and registration here.

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contact details

P.O. Box 97010 Roncesvalles
Toronto Ontario M6R 3B3

(416) 855 9557