On November 23, 2016, the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins, issued a final integration order, stating that the Birchmount and General campuses of The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) and the Centenary campus of Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) will be operated by a single hospital corporation. The Ajax-Pickering campus of RVHS will become part of Lakeridge Health (LH).The order endorses the decisions of all three hospital Boards in favour of the integrations and follows the advice of the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN).
The decision paves the way for improved hospital infrastructure and the planning of new acute care facilities in both communities. Scarborough and Durham patients will benefit from integrated health care systems that will provide timely, safe, and appropriate access to care.
“I am encouraged by the Minister’s decision to move forward to ensure that the integration occurs in a timely manner,” said Andrée Robichaud, President and CEO, RVHS. “This decision provides us with clarity, and I am excited for the opportunity that lies ahead.”
“We must acknowledge Minister Hoskins’ bold leadership and his support in establishing these two new integrated hospital systems that will be best positioned to serve their respective communities of Durham and Scarborough,” said Robert Biron, President and CEO, TSH. “This direction is consistent with the recommendations of the Expert Panel and it sets the stage for a promising future.”
“We are excited to be moving forward with integration and will be partnering with Ajax-Pickering on December 1, as we develop a new five-site regional acute care system,” said Matthew Anderson, President and CEO, LH. “I know I speak for all the hospitals of Lakeridge Health when I say we are excited to take the next steps in building a system that reflects our commitment to caring for families all across Durham.”
The integration order was signed following extensive community engagement, and after receiving input and feedback from patients and families, staff, physicians, and local leaders.