Scarborough West Durham Acute Care Services Integration
On April 28, 2016, Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, announced that he supported the implementation of recommendations from the final report of the Scarborough/West Durham Panel related to hospital governance, service delivery and planning to give patients better access to care in the community.
This followed the receipt of the final report from an expert panel, led by Dr. Barry McLellan, which provided recommendations to improve integration and access to hospital services in the Scarborough and West Durham regions.
The panel had conducted extensive community consultations, building on feedback already provided by physicians, front line staff, volunteers, community groups, community leaders, local residents and other health and social service partners during the LHIN-facilitated “Leading for Patients” integration initiative between The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) and the Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS).
Additionally, the panel had worked collaboratively with the Central East LHIN, other neighbouring LHINs and local health care service providers, including Rouge Valley Health System, The Scarborough Hospital and Lakeridge Health and had held town halls and focus groups with local residents in Scarborough and West Durham.
In supporting the implementation of the recommendations, it was also announced that Mr. Mark Rochon has been appointed as a special advisor to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, and will advance the integration efforts between hospitals in the Scarborough and Durham regions.
However, in accepting all recommendations made by the Expert Panel, the Minister clarified that moving forward with the recommendation related to Central East LHIN boundaries would not be part of Mr. Rochon’s deliverables, stating that the provincial issue of LHIN boundaries was an area of consideration in the Patients First: A Proposal to Strengthen Patient-Centred Health Care in Ontario discussion paper and part of a larger, province wide, discussion.
For more information on the Scarborough West Durham Acute Care Services Integration process, please contact the hospitals directly.