Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) and The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) submitted a pre- capital planning application, which was endorsed by the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN) Board of Directors at their meeting yesterday.
The application was submitted in order to secure the grants necessary to proceed with the feasibility, planning and design for two facility projects – one for Scarborough and one for west Durham (serving Ajax, Pickering and Whitby).
Using the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care’s standardized facility evaluation methodology, it is anticipated that it will cost approximately $1 billion over the next 20 years just to maintain the four hospital facilities for RVHS and TSH at an acceptable operating level. This does not take into account either the already submitted projects to the Ministry or contemplated facility upgrades to meet current demand or standards, which are another $0.5 billion.
“All of the TSH and RVHS hospital sites need significant attention,” said Robert Biron, President and CEO, TSH. “At the TSH General site, 35 per cent of the facility is 30 to 50 years old; 43 per cent is over 50 years old. This includes our operating rooms, which were built in 1957. In addition, the General has experienced a patchwork of expansions and repairs over the years, and as a result, is not configured for efficient clinical services. At the Birchmount site, the entire site is 30 years old, and its Facility Condition Index is in the lowest 10th percentile of
Ontario hospitals. ”
“In west Durham, the Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering site only has the capacity to look after 30 per cent of their population,” explained Rik Ganderton, President and CEO, RVHS. “The Emergency Departments at the RVHS
Centenary site and the TSH Birchmount campus are grossly undersized for the patient volumes they are currently experiencing. The three sites in Scarborough and the Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering site clearly need facility investments.”
This is the first step in the process, which is a multi-year, multi-phase process. The grants that are currently being requested by the two hospital corporations are for the initial phase of feasibility, planning and design for facilities renewal.