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:

901 King Street West
Suite 400 East Tower
Toronto Ontario M5V 3H5

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

Team Privacy Training Events

June 6, June 12, June 19, August 30

For Primary Care clinics and FHTs

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

Primary care webinar: “I'm being harassed!”

September 6, 2018, 12 noon

Part of Kate’s monthly webinar series.

Kate and lawyer Maria McDonald discuss how to deal with harassment and harassment claims in the workplace.

Full details and registration here.

Privacy Officer training

October 2 through November 6, 2018

Kate’s next training course for Privacy Officers in health organizations.

Open to all health Privacy Officers, as well as those hoping to become Privacy Officers. Full details and registration here.

Advanced Privacy Officer training

November 13, 2018

For experienced Privacy Officers within healthcare organisations.

This one day training course focuses on how to handle difficult privacy situations using real-life (but anonymized) case studies and role-play. Full details and registration here.

Kate Dewhirst Health Law

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My mission is bringing the law to life. I make legal theory understandable, accessible and fun! I’m available and love to work for all organizations in the healthcare sector across Ontario and beyond.

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contact details

901 King Street West Suite 400 East Tower
Toronto Ontario M5V 3H5

(416) 855 9557