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RVHS and TSH form Joint Transition Committee to continue work on proposed merger

January 21, 2014 – The Board Chairs of Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) and The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) have announced the formation of a Joint Transition Committee (JTC) to continue work on a proposed merger of the two corporations. 

Co-led by the Chairs of RVHS and TSH, the Joint Transition Committee membership is comprised of Board Directors of the two hospitals, their CEOs, medical Chiefs of Staff, physician leaders of the hospitals’ Medical Staff Associations, and by the CEO of the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN). The JTC is committed to the principles of openness and transparency, and updates on its work can be found at the Leading for Patients website, www.leadingforpatients.ca.

“Following the decisions in November by each hospital board to approve, in principle, proceeding with the next steps toward a merger, the Joint Transition Committee will lead us through the next phase of our process. We look forward to continuing to work with our peers at The Scarborough Hospital to better address the growing needs of our communities in Scarborough and west Durham (serving Ajax, Pickering and Whitby),” said Joan Wideman, Chair, Board of Directors, RVHS.

“We have a wealth of leadership at both hospital corporations and will build on the considerable work of the two Boards, staff, physicians and community members, as led by our Integration Leadership Committee in the summer and fall of last year. We look forward to bringing better, more accessible hospital services to our growing communities,” said Stephen Smith, Chair, Board of Directors, TSH.

The work of the Joint Transition Committee will focus on:

  • Understanding the current state of the hospitals;
  • Identifying gaps and barriers for proceeding with a merger;
  • Consider options for the governance design;
  • Engaging governors (Board Directors), stakeholders and the community, including elected officials, for input;
  • Identifying risks and mitigation strategies; and
  • Implementation of a communications and community engagement strategy.

The Joint Transition Committee reports to the Boards of Directors of RVHS and TSH and cannot approve a merger. The Joint Transition Committee will:

  • Share information about their organizations’ services, governance, management and operations;
  • Recommend, on behalf of their organizations, plans and actions associated with the planning activities; 
  • Establish sub-committees, as required, to explore specific issues related to the integration activities.

This next phase is expected to be completed over the next 60 to 90 days, at which time the two hospital Boards will reconvene to make a final decision on whether or not to proceed with a merger. At that time, the Boards will consider the outcome of the due diligence, stakeholder input, level of financial support secured and the status of the capital planning grants.

Should the hospitals recommend proceeding with a merger at that time, the matter would then be considered by the Central East LHIN Board and the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.

Both hospital corporations have committed to continue to inform and engage all stakeholders throughout the process, which began on March 27, 2013.


Membership of the Joint Transition Committee (JTC)

The Joint Transition Committee members are:

Stephen Smith (JTC Co-Chair) – TSH Board Chair

Lyn McDonell – TSH Board Director

Valerie Carter – TSH Board Director

Janet Dalicandro – TSH Board Director

Christian Buhagiar – TSH Board Director

Robert Biron – TSH President and CEO

Dr. Tom Chan – TSH Chief of Staff

Dr. Tim Sproule – TSH Medical Staff Association Representative

Dr. Dov Soberman – TSH Medical Staff Association Representative

Joan Wideman (JTC Co-Chair) – RVHS Board Chair

Jay Kaufman – RVHS Board Director

Fred Clifford – RVHS Board Director

Doug Melville – RVHS Board Director

Graeme McKay – RVHS Board Director

Rik Ganderton – RVHS President and CEO

Dr. Naresh Mohan – RVHS Chief of Staff

Dr. Henry Huang – RVHS Medical Staff Society Representative

Dr. Amir Janmohammed – RVHS Medical Staff Society Representative

Deborah Hammons – Central East LHIN CEO (non-voting)


The hospitals have jointly made the following commitments in this process:

  • All four hospital campuses will stay open and continue to be viable, relevant and essential parts of the hospital system for Scarborough and west Durham;
  • All four of the emergency departments will stay open;
  • Patient care services currently provided at the Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering campus will continue to be delivered there regardless of the outcome of the process; and
  • All four hospitals will continue to provide high-quality and safe care during any health care system transformation.


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: 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, visit www.leadingforpatients.ca or contact:

David Brazeau

Director, Public Affairs, Community Relations and Telecommunications

Rouge Valley Health System



Holly-Ann Campbell

Director, Communications and Engagement

The Scarborough Hospital

416-438-2911, ext. 8308


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