Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) and The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) invite the community to join interactive telephone town halls that will explore the benefits and risks of a possible merger and ask for community input.
Community members can sign up for the telephone town hall by leaving their name and phone number at http://www.leadingforpatients.ca/telephone-town-hall-sign-up/. Those who register will receive a phone call that will connect them to a telephone town hall conversation. This phone technology can accommodate thousands of participants. In order to join the call, you must pre-register in advance.
“Our hospitals need to work together to find new ways of delivering care,” said Rouge Valley Health System President and CEO Rik Ganderton. “Telephone town halls give us the opportunity to hear from as many residents as possible.”
September 24 and October 8
Participants may choose one of two telephone town halls, which are scheduled as follows:
- Tuesday September 24 at 7:10 pm; or
- Tuesday October 8 at 7:05 pm.
Please note that the topics to be discussed are the same for both telephone town halls.
Questions will be asked of participants by the call hosts in order to document their views. Callers can respond to questions by pressing a number on their dial pad. They can also ask questions of hospital leaders and make comments.
“Our community can stay informed and get engaged through various ways that we’ve introduced. Participation is encouraged – their views are valued and important to us,” said The Scarborough Hospital President and CEO Robert Biron.
About Leading for Patients
RVHS and TSH are exploring the potential benefits and risks of a merger of the two hospital corporations through a stakeholder engagement process, which will run until late October.
The hospitals have chosen the theme of Leading for Patients because it summarizes their shared vision for the future:
“We wish to create an integrated system of health care services that meets the needs of the people in our community, provides appropriate access to care, delivers an outstanding experience for patients and their caregivers, and uses our resources efficiently so that these services are sustainable into the future.”
No decision on a merger has been made.
As RVHS and TSH explore how they might work better together, they’ve made the following commitments:
- Emergency Departments will stay open at all four hospital sites;
- No hospital site will close; and,
- Patient care services currently provided at the Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering site will continue to be delivered there.
In November, the two hospital boards of directors will evaluate the benefits and risks of a possible merger, considering input received from the community and all stakeholders. A decision to merge the hospitals would be subject to approval by the Central East Local Health Integration Network Board of Directors in November and ultimately by the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
For more information, please visit www.leadingforpatients.ca.