Hospital Boards respond to Minister’s direction
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.
Since this announcement, Lakeridge Health (LH), Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS), and The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) have been working together to implement these recommendations, specifically RVHS’ Ajax/Pickering site integration with LH, and amalgamation of TSH and RVHS’ Centenary site.
Two proposals were developed supporting the integrations, which have been submitted to the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN) on July 25, 2016 as a formal notice of their intent to integrate. The targeted date of the integrations is November 1, 2016.
The proposed integrations will ensure that health services in Scarborough and Durham will continue to be responsive to the needs of all communities. The integrations will also ensure that the hospitals provide appropriate access, deliver an outstanding care experience for patients, and use resources efficiently to keep these services sustainable well into the future. The proposals have the full support of the Boards of Directors of each hospital.
The three hospitals are committed to an open engagement process and will be arranging community information and consultation sessions in the coming weeks. Details will be shared once they become available.
The integration proposals are available on each of the hospital’s websites:
It is anticipated that they will be reviewed and considered by the Board of Directors of the Central East LHIN at their public meeting on August 24, 2016. The Central East LHIN’s consideration of the integration proposals is an important step in the approval process. Following this, the proposals will be considered by the hospitals’ Boards of Directors and the Minister of Health.
To provide feedback on these proposals or to have your questions answered, please contact Lakeridge Health at firstname.lastname@example.org, Rouge Valley Health System at email@example.com or The Scarborough Hospital at firstname.lastname@example.org.