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Hospitals’ Facilitated Integration Planning Framework Supported by Central East LHIN

The Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN) Board of Directors has supported the Facilitated Integration Planning Framework proposed by Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) and The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) Boards of Directors. The two hospital Boards, at their respective special meetings on June 19, passed motions to approve the Planning Framework. Developed by the Integration Leadership Committee (ILC), the Planning Framework provides the planning steps that RVHS and TSH will take over the next four months to prepare a preferred integration plan.

The two hospitals, and now the Central East LHIN, have agreed to proceed with stakeholder engagement and due diligence in order to determine what benefits a merger of the two hospitals will provide to the Scarborough community.

In addition, after receiving feedback and advice from local MPPs and the TSH Board, the Central East LHIN Board has added a 30-day extension for the hospitals in recognition of their commitment to a robust and inclusive stakeholder engagement process. The submission deadline for the hospitals to submit a final report outlining their preferred integration plan has been extended to November 18, 2013.

The development of the Planning Framework is in response to a motion by the Central East LHIN Board on March 27, directing the two hospitals to work together on a facilitated integration process to identify how the two hospital corporations can develop an integrated and coordinated model to support the delivery of high-quality, accessible and safe hospital programs and services for the residents of Scarborough.

In particular the approved Planning Framework, which was supported by the Central East LHIN Board, includes:

  • looking at integrated leadership and governance for both hospital corporations at all four sites;
  • looking at back office integration opportunities for all four sites; and,
  • exploring the patient care service integration opportunities in Scarborough at the Birchmount, General and Centenary sites.

The integration planning process will not include patient care services currently delivered in the Durham cluster at the Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering site.

“Our hospitals can now get underway with the important work before us as health system leaders,” said Rik Ganderton, President/CEO, Rouge Valley Health System. “Our goal and responsibility is to ensure that local residents have access to high-quality and safe hospital care, while using tax dollars efficiently and effectively.”

“Reaching out to our many stakeholders before decisions are made and to engage them in a meaningful way through our planning process is essential to get their valued input. We look forward to creating a shared vision on how our hospitals can better serve our communities and patients,” said Robert Biron, President/CEO, The Scarborough Hospital.

Both hospital CEOs noted the ongoing commitment of their two hospitals to provide high-quality and safe care during any health system transformation.

Rouge Valley Health System is an excellent acute care community hospital with many programs, including 24/7/365 emergency, obstetrics, paediatrics, surgery, mental health and regional cardiac care. Rouge Valley consists of several health sites, including two community hospital campuses: Rouge Valley Centenary in east Toronto; and Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering in west Durham.

Situated in the most diverse community in Canada, The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) delivers innovative, high‐quality patient care at two hospital campuses , Birchmount and General, and six satellite sites. The Scarborough Hospital is a regional centre for dialysis and is renowned for its sexual assault care centre and mental health programs. Affiliated with the University of Toronto, TSH is also a referral centre for vascular surgery, pacemakers and cataract surgery.

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