On July 22, at an open session, The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) Board of Directors reviewed and passed three motions in response to the Expert Review Panel Report, which addressed TSH’s service consolidations as proposed in its Strategic Plan Refresh.
The motions are as follows:
- Motion #1: TSH Board of Directors has received the report and findings of the Expert Review Panel. The Board accepts management’s recommendation to no longer pursue the Maternal Newborn Child and Surgical Program consolidations as proposed in the Strategic Plan Refresh.
- Motion #2: TSH remains committed to being an effective partner in health care system transformation to improve patient care and ensure the long-term sustainability of the system for the Scarborough community. Further, TSH is committed to effective community engagement and transparency. TSH shall apply the lessons learned from the Strategic Plan Refresh process to future strategic change activities, particularly the facilitated integration currently underway with Rouge Valley Health System.
- Motion #3: TSH re-affirms its commitment of ensuring the Emergency Departments at both Hospital campuses (Birchmount and General) remain open 24/7 as part of the facilitated integration with Rouge Valley Health System.
The Expert Review Panel was established following a series of motions from the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN) Board of Directors on March 27 to address the concerns and risks that had been identified by stakeholders regarding TSH’s proposed service consolidations as part of its Strategic Plan Refresh. In its Report, delivered at a TSH Board meeting on June 24, the Expert Review Panel stated that it did not support the program consolidations as proposed.
“The TSH Board does not intend to further pursue the service consolidations as proposed in the Strategic Plan Refresh,” said Stephen Smith, TSH’s Board Chair. “The organization will now move forward with the facilitated integration planning with Rouge Valley Health System as we look at options to improve patient care for the whole Scarborough community.”
“The Board’s motions bring closure to the Strategic Plan Refresh activities,” said Robert Biron, TSH President and CEO. “Transformation of our complex health care system is not an easy task. TSH has taken the necessary time to reflect on the process and outcomes of the Strategic Plan Refresh. I am confident that the TSH team will apply the learnings to our future transformation activities.”