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Rouge Valley Health System and The Scarborough Hospital submit pre-capital planning documents to Central East LHIN

January 23, 2014 – Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) and The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) submitted a pre-capital planning application, which was endorsed by the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN) Board of Directors at their meeting yesterday.

The application was submitted in order to secure the grants necessary to proceed with the feasibility, planning and design for two facility projects – one for Scarborough and one for west Durham (serving Ajax, Pickering and Whitby).

Using the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s standardized facility evaluation methodology, it is anticipated that it will cost approximately $1 billion over the next 20 years just to maintain the four hospital facilities for RVHS and TSH at an acceptable operating level.  This does not take into account either the already submitted projects to the Ministry or contemplated facility upgrades to meet current demand or standards, which are another $0.5 billion.

“All of the TSH and RVHS hospital sites need significant attention,” said Robert Biron, President and CEO, TSH. “At the TSH General site, 35 per cent of the facility is 30 to 50 years old; 43 per cent is over 50 years old. This includes our operating rooms, which were built in 1957. In addition, the General has experienced a patchwork of expansions and repairs over the years, and as a result, is not configured for efficient clinical services. At the Birchmount site, the entire site is 30 years old, and its Facility Condition Index is in the lowest 10th percentile of Ontario hospitals. ”

“In west Durham, the Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering site only has the capacity to look after 30 per cent of their population,” explained Rik Ganderton, President and CEO, RVHS. “The Emergency Departments at the RVHS Centenary site and the TSH Birchmount campus are grossly undersized for the patient volumes they are currently experiencing. The three sites in Scarborough and the Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering site clearly need facility investments.”

This is the first step in the process, which is a multi-year, multi-phase process. The grants that are currently being requested by the two hospital corporations are for the initial phase of feasibility, planning and design for facilities renewal.


On November 12, the two hospital corporations agreed in principle to proceed with the proposed merger, provided that certain conditions are satisfied, including:

“Given that the full benefits of a merger can only be achieved if the capital infrastructure issues at the Scarborough and west Durham sites are resolved, grants to commence the feasibility, planning and design for two facility projects (one for the Scarborough community and one for the west Durham community) are requested.”

At their meeting on November 27, the Central East LHIN Board of Directors made the following motion:

“In recognition of the already established provincial capital process, and as part of the hospitals’ further due diligence, the Central East LHIN Board encourages The Scarborough Hospital and the Rouge Valley Health System to take the necessary steps to complete a pre-capital submission to respond to the hospitals’ facilities’ assessment as outlined in their Preferred Integration Plan Final Report.”

A merged RVHS-TSH would have more profile and impact in Ontario. It would rank –

  • 1st in day surgical cases: 75,000 (per year)
  • 2nd in emergency visits: 235,000
  • 2nd in acute separations (discharges and exits from hospital): 57,000
  • In the top 10 for intensive care days (25,000), ambulatory care visits (728,000) and average beds staffed and in operation (1,046)
  • In the top 25 for inpatient days for mental health (32,000), rehabilitation (18,000) and complex continuing care (26,000)

Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) 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 Scarborough; and Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering in west Durham.

Situated in one of the most diverse communities in Canada, The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) delivers compassionate, patient-centred care at two hospital campuses (Birchmount and General) and six satellite sites. TSH is a regional centre for dialysis and is renowned for its mental health, orthopaedic surgery, paediatrics, chronic disease prevention and management, and cancer care programs. Affiliated with the University of Toronto, TSH is also a referral centre for vascular surgery, pacemakers and cataract surgery.

For more information, please visit www.leadingforpatients.ca or contact:

Holly-Ann Campbell
Director, Communications and Engagement
The Scarborough Hospital
416-438-2911, ext. 8308 | hocampbell@tsh.to

David Brazeau
Director, Public Affairs, Community Relations and Telecommunications
Rouge Valley Health System
647-294-8885 | dbrazeau@rougevalley.ca

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