October 2020 marked the one-year anniversary of Dr. Tom Bailey’s passing. We at the LTCI wanted to take a moment to remember both his leadership and friendship.

In addition to being a husband, father, and grandfather, Dr. Bailey was a community family physician providing comprehensive care for patients from cradle-to-grave in British Columbia for over 40 years. He served in many clinical and medical leadership capacities with countless organizations, including President of the College of Family Physicians of BC and of Canada, and Medical Director of Long-term Care at Island Health. Many may not be aware of his extensive leadership work, as all of his efforts were directed towards supporting patients, physicians, and the field of medicine, and he never sought attention or credit for the transformative work he accomplished.

Locally in his role as Medical Director of LTC at Island Health, Tom worked closely with the Divisions of Family Practice to make improvements to primary care within LTC. He co-led the creation and implementation of the TORCH program, helped develop the provincial Long-term Care Initiative (LTCI), co-chaired the Victoria-South Island LTCI Steering Committee and program, and worked alongside many LTC physicians and leaders. He was a wonderful leader and mentor who could always be counted on for insightful advice and thoughtful support. He delighted us with his playful attitude and funny seasonal neckties.

Since his passing, Tom’s LTC vision has continued to come to life in various ways—such as through the implementation of the TORCH medical model at the Summit, and through the system coordination and sustainability work, which aims to ensure we have a healthy local LTC system now and in the future.

As an integral part of the LTC system, Tom held a big vision for excellence and saw the ‘long game' of making improvements in LTC: he embodied the notion of gentle persistence, relentlessly applied to making improvements in the system, with professionalism, wisdom, and humour. He left an amazing legacy that has impacted many and will continue to inspire our work at the LTCI.


Island Health Medical Director of Long-term Care and LTCI co-chair, Dr. Margaret Manville, has been awarded the inaugural Dr. Thomas M. Bailey Memorial Award from the South Island Division of Family Practice. In memorial of the late Dr. Bailey, this award recognizes excellence in leadership, care, consideration, and kindness shown to all. Read more

Congratulations, Dr. Manville!


In October 2019 our community lost a very special advocate for seniors’ health – Dr. Tom Bailey. To honour Dr. Bailey’s legacy of caring for older adults, the Eldercare Foundation is working with his family to create two special memorials. The Tom Bailey Memorial Bursary will be established and awarded annually to Camosun College students in their HCA, PN and LPN programs. A Circle of Life sculpture is being commissioned for the Tom Bailey Memorial Garden at the new Summit long-term care facility in Victoria. For more info and to donate to the Tom Bailey Memorial Fund please visit www.gvef.org/TomBaileyMemorial or call the Eldercare Foundation at 250-370-5664. Read More


*NEW* LTCI Simple Laceration Repair Resources Webpage

From the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI): Clinicians and staff caring for LTC home residents are learning from the COVID-19 pandemic that has tragically impacted many lives. Participants in IHI’s COVID-19 Rapid Response Network for Nursing Homes have co-created a Nursing Home Driver Diagram and Change Package that offer pragmatic solutions to problems caused or exacerbated by the pandemic. Read More

Canadian Patient Safety Institute - Virtual Care Resources for Healthcare Providers & Healthcare Leaders Read More


Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement LTC+: Acting on Pandemic Learning Together. In October 2020, the CMA Foundation announced a $2 million collaboration to support the LTC+. This collaboration will allow for an additional 200 homes to be supported, and it increases funding available for homes to use to strengthen their pandemic plans. Learn more here

Choosing Wisely at Island Health Putting Recommendations into Practice Virtual Event, November 20, 2020, 8:00 - 13:00. Choosing Wisely Canada is a campaign to help clinicians and patients engage in conversations about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures. Learn more and register here *Sessional Payment Available*

Leadership, Ethics & PALTC – Presented by the Society for Post-Acute and Long-term Care Medicine Virtual Symposium, November 20-21, 2020. Learn more and register here