Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) and The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) have filed formal notification of intent to merge to the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN).
The formal notification of intent to merge, as required by the Local Health System Integration Act, was filed on Friday, the Board Chairs of RVHS and TSH announced. The formal notification follows up on the approvals made in principle by each of the hospitals’ Boards of Directors in November 2013 to proceed with the proposed merger.
“This notification is an important milestone in our ongoing work toward merging both hospital corporations. It reaffirms both hospitals’ commitment to proceeding with the proposed merger, with a focus on improving health care and putting patients first,” said Stephen Smith, Board Chair, TSH.
“The proposed merger presents a significant opportunity to provide our west Durham and Scarborough communities with greater access to services and improved quality. We believe that it also provides us with the ability to attract more physicians and to make better use of limited health care dollars,” said Joan Wideman, Board Chair, RVHS.
Earlier this month, the Board Chairs of RVHS and TSH announced the formation of a Joint Transition Committee to continue work on the proposed merger of the two corporations. Co-led by the Chairs of RVHS and TSH, the Joint Transition Committee membership is comprised of members of the Boards of Directors of the two hospitals, their CEOs, medical Chiefs of Staff, physician leaders of the hospitals’ Medical Staff Associations, and by the CEO of the Central East LHIN, who is a non-voting member.
As well, RVHS and TSH submitted a pre-capital planning application, which was endorsed by the Central East LHIN Board of Directors. 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).
The current phase of the proposed merger process is expected to be completed during the next 60 to 90 days, at which time the two hospital Boards will reconvene to make a final decision on whether or not to proceed with a merger. At that time, the Boards will consider the outcome of the due diligence, stakeholder input, level of financial support secured and the status of the capital planning grants.
Should the two hospital Boards recommend proceeding with a merger at that time, the matter would then be considered by the Central East LHIN Board and then the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.
Both hospital corporations have committed to continue to inform and engage all stakeholders throughout the process, which began on March 27, 2013.