Site to Engage Durham and Scarborough Residents on Longer Term Health Care Delivery
A new community engagement website – www.ourhospitals.ca– provides a central portal for community members in Durham and Scarborough to access information and provide their input on the proposed integration of Rouge Valley Health System’s (RVHS) Ajax/Pickering site with Lakeridge Health, and the proposed amalgamation of the RVHS Centenary site with The Scarborough Hospital.
On April 28, 2016, Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins announced that the government would support the implementation of recommendations from the Report of the Scarborough/West Durham Expert Panel. The Report addressed measures related to hospital governance, service delivery, and future planning.
In response to the Minister’s announcement, two proposals were developed supporting the proposed integrations of the hospital sites, which were submitted to the Central East Local Health Integration Network. The targeted date of the integrations is November 1, 2016.
The new website provides community members in both Durham and Scarborough with easy and timely access to new information about the proposed integration and amalgamation processes, including what it means for residents and their families. The site will also allow community members to provide their feedback and input on how the integration and amalgamation processes can ensure timely access to quality health care services well into the future.
Highlights of the website include:
- An online survey for community members;
- A Q&A section that allows community members to submit a question and see responses to previously answered questions;
- A “News” section that provides up-to-date information on integration activities and milestones; and
- An “Events” page that provides information on key dates and opportunities for community members to engage in the process, including the opportunity to register and be notified of upcoming telephone town halls.
The three hospitals are committed to an open engagement process and will continue to update the website with new information and details of upcoming community engagement opportunities. The hospitals encourage all community members who are interested to visit the site, and engage in this opportunity to help shape the future of health care delivery in Durham and Scarborough.