The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) Board of Directors announced today important initiatives that solidifies its commitment to ensure two strong and sustainable hospital campuses will continue to offer healthcare programs and services for local residents.
“Our number one priority is to ensure that all residents of Scarborough have access to high quality acute care programs and that taxpayers receive good value for the significant dollars invested in The Scarborough
Hospital,” said Stephen Smith, Chair, TSH Board of Directors. “The hospital must deal with a projected $16 million budget shortfall in 2013 – 2014, which is a result of changes to the provincial funding formula for hospitals and inflationary costs.”
After an extensive six-month community engagement and consultation process, the Board of Directors passed motions to:
- Consolidate the maternal newborn programs, which are now delivered at both sites, at the Birchmount campus in order to create a Centre of Excellence in Maternal Newborn and Women’s Health.
- Continue detailed planning for locating long-stay surgery at the General and high-tech, same day and short-stay surgery at Birchmount, while ensuring that the Birchmount campus is capable of providing emergency general surgery. An implementation plan will be brought back to the Board of Directors by April 15, 2013, for approval.
- Work with the paediatric program to continue delivering the program at both sites.
No other decisions around possible program changes have been made at this time.
The realignment of programs and services between TSH’s two campuses will support the delivery of care for patients and their family members, while meeting our fiscal obligations to the Central East Local Health Integration Network and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
While the locations of some programs will change, people who arrive at either emergency department will continue to receive the care that they need.
“Opportunity is now before us as leaders in the local healthcare system. Our opportunity does include change, and change often results in the fear of the unknown. This is an exciting time as we identify clear visions for each campus,” said Dr. John Wright, President and CEO, TSH.
“Our hospital has a history of success when consolidating programs on one campus,” he said. “Over the past
10 years, several programs have been consolidated to one site or the other, including mental health, palliative care and cataract surgery. In addition, strong partnerships with other community and health agencies have enabled TSH to enhance access to care.”
With the siting of these programs now confirmed, the hospital will undertake a more-detailed planning and budgeting process to achieve a balanced budget position for 2013-2014. The planning process will include physicians, front-line staff and administration and engagement with the Community Advisory Council. The focus will be on quality care and patient safety. Changes will only occur after detailed plans are in place to support a smooth transition for patients and their family members. A timeline for the completion of the
planning process and implementation of any service changes has yet to be determined. As this plan is further developed, TSH will continue to update staff, physicians and volunteers as well as community partners and the general public.
Previous TSH Program Consolidations include:
- On December 5, 2006, cataract surgery was consolidated at the Birchmount campus. Today, our highly- skilled physicians and staff perform over 6,500 cataract surgeries each year.
- The Palliative Care program, which is highly valued by the community, has been located at the General campus since June 2008. Almost 600 individuals each year receive the compassionate care they deserve on the inpatient unit.
- A 50-bed inpatient Mental Health unit at the Birchmount campus was developed when the program was consolidated in 2009.
TSH has 3,219 staff, 726 physicians, and 756 volunteers, who provide high-quality and compassionate care to our patients and their family members.
The Scarborough Hospital invested $356 million into hospital programs and services during the last fiscal year, April 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013.
The final report of the engagement and consultation process is posted to the hospital’s website under Refreshing our Strategic Plan and click on Community Consultation Process and Reports.