LHIN BOARD ACCEPTS RMH and PRHC DECISION TO NOT PROCEED WITH PROPOSAL TO INTEGRATE INTO ONE HOSPITAL CORPORATION WITH TWO SITES
Both hospitals remain committed to existing patient care partnerships and future opportunities for collaboration
November 16, 2018 - Having examined opportunities for integration over the past six months, the Boards of both Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) and Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) have mutually agreed that, at this time, they will not proceed with the proposal laid out in their June 2018 Directional Plan to integrate the two hospitals into one organization with two sites, a decision accepted by the Board of the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN) at the LHIN’s October 31st Board meeting.
“Both hospitals approached the proposed integration optimistically and with our minds open to all possibilities and we received valuable feedback from system partners, staff and physicians, volunteers, patients, donors and the general public,” said Val Harris, RMH Board Chair. “Based on our comprehensive examination, we believe that now is not the time to integrate our two hospitals into a single organization with two sites. We are grateful for the excellent feedback we have received throughout this process, which has helped to inform the decisions of both Boards.”
While the hospitals’ decision means that they will not be pursuing their stated goal of creating a single hospital corporation in the Peterborough and City of Kawartha Lakes communities, the Central East LHIN Board was pleased that the Boards and leadership of Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) and Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) have reaffirmed their commitment to continue to work together to explore other collaboration and partnership opportunities that will enhance the quality of patient care provided by RMH and PRHC, and increase access to local services.
“Under current provincial legislation, both the Central East LHIN and the hospitals within it have a legal duty to identify and explore opportunities for integration,” said Adair Ireland-Smith, PRHC Board Chair. “While we will not proceed at this time with integrating into a single hospital corporation, we remain committed to our shared patient care goals. We’d like to thank everyone who has taken an interest in these discussions and provided feedback over the past several months.”
“On behalf of the Board of the Central East LHIN, I would like to thank the leadership at Ross Memorial Hospital and Peterborough Regional Health Centre for acting on the LHIN’s direction to explore integration opportunities related to the delivery of clinical and front-line services; back-office functions; and leadership and/or governance,” said Louis O’Brien, Chair, Central East LHIN Board of Directors. “While the hospitals are not pursuing a governance integration at this time, we will continue to support them in their efforts to build on their existing partnerships and collaborations in service delivery areas such as diagnostic imaging, dialysis services, laboratory medicine, mental health and addictions services, obstetrics, pediatrics, ophthalmology and orthopedic surgery in order to improve patient access to high quality services, support health system transformation and to make the best use of the public’s investment.”
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Town Hall Meeting set for August 29 will be rescheduled - RMH and PRHC deliberating latest integration reports
August 21, 2018 - The Boards of Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) and Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) have jointly determined that the Town Hall meeting scheduled for August 29 at RMH will be rescheduled while they consider information related to the proposal to integrate the two hospitals into a single hospital entity with two sites, which has just been received.
“The information that is being discussed currently between the two hospitals includes details that will inform our future community engagement,” said Dr. Bert Lauwers, RMH President and CEO. “It would be inappropriate to host the public meeting on August 29 without having these discussions first.”
On March 28, 2018, the Board of Directors of the Central East LHIN passed a motion directing RMH and PRHC to further explore integration opportunities, including the delivery of clinical and front-line services, back-office functions, as well as leadership and/or governance. On April 23, 2018, the Board of Governors at RMH and the Board of Directors at PRHC signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to proceed with developing a joint directional plan for the Central East LHIN outlining the process the organizations would undertake to explore opportunities for integration. The joint directional plan was submitted to the LHIN Board on June 27, 2018.
With patients’ interests at the forefront of the conversation, the two hospitals began the formal due diligence process of exploring the potential for integrating the two organizations into one hospital network with two sites. Extensive consultations with internal, community and regional stakeholders have been taking place in the communities served by both hospitals.
The Town Hall meeting scheduled for August 29 and the Community Roundtable meeting scheduled for August 30, both at RMH, will be rescheduled. New dates will be announced as soon as possible.
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RMH and PRHC invite public feedback through series of town hall meetings
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With the submission of a joint Directional Plan to the Board of Directors of the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) on June 27, Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) and Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) have declared our mutual intention to propose an integration of the two hospitals into a single hospital network with two sites.
We are currently in the process of conducting extensive stakeholder consultation to help inform this proposed integration, and we want to hear your input, feedback and questions. RMH and PRHC are jointly hosting the following town hall events int he communities served by both hospitals.
|Tues, July 24||7:00-8:00 p.m.||Bobcaygeon Service Centre (123 East St. South, Bobcaygeon)|
|Tues July 31||7:00-8:00 p.m.||Fenelon Falls Community Centre (27 Veteran's Way, Fenelon Falls)|
|Tues, Aug 7||6:30-7:30 p.m.||McDonnel St. Activity Centre (577 McDonnel St., Peterborough)|
|Wed, Aug 15||6:30-7:30 p.m.||Peterborough Golf & Country Club (1030 Armour Road, Peterborough)|
|Wed, Aug 29||7:00-8:00 p.m.||Ross Memorial Hospital Cafeteria (10 Angeline St. North, Lindsay)|
If you are unable to attend in person, please feel free to submit your input by any of the following methods:
RMH and PRHC proposing integration into single hospital entity with two sites
Extensive stakeholder and public engagement to begin following submission of Directional Plan to Central East LHIN
June 28, 2018 - With the submission of a joint Directional Plan to the Board of Directors of the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) on June 27, Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) and Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) have declared their mutual intention to propose an integration of the two hospitals into a single hospital network with two sites.
A final decision has not been made, and the proposed integration is subject to ongoing due diligence, stakeholder engagement and approvals by the Boards of both RMH and PRHC; by the Board of Directors of the Central East LHIN; and by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
The two hospitals have been working together for many years to jointly deliver excellent care for the region’s patients. Partnerships and collaborations between the two organizations already exist in such areas as diagnostic imaging, lab medicine, dialysis services, mental health, obstetrics and pediatrics, ophthalmology and orthopedics.
The Central East LHIN Board of Directors passed a motion on March 28, 2018 directing PRHC and RMH to explore opportunities for integration between the two organizations, including the delivery of clinical and front-line services, back-office functions, leadership and governance.The same motion directed the development of a joint Directional Plan to guide the formal process between the two organizations.
The Directional Plan outlines the necessary conditions and steps that will result in the submission of an Integration Proposal to the Boards of RMH, PRHC and ultimately, the Central East LHIN. It establishes broad business objectives and general direction, and describes the key elements anticipated in implementing the integration planning process, as required by the Central East LHIN Board of Directors.
“An integration of this nature would put us among the top tier of large community hospitals in Ontario, giving us a stronger voice in attracting new programming and resources from the LHIN and the province, as well as increasing our attractiveness to prospective employees,” said Dr. Peter McLaughlin, PRHC President and CEO.
On June 27, 2018 the Central East LHIN Board of Directors received the Directional Plan for information and passed the following motion:
Be it further resolved that the Board of Directors encourages Peterborough Regional Health Centre and Ross Memorial Hospital to move forward with their community engagement and due diligence activities, to encourage and welcome local stakeholders to participate in those activities and to forward to LHIN staff the required voluntary integration documentation by
September 28th, 2018.
“For the next two months, we’ll continue to move forward with the formal process of thoroughly exploring the benefits and risks of integration,” said Dr. Bert Lauwers, RMH President and CEO. “This process will be done in good faith, with the best interests of our patients in mind, and will include extensive consultations with our internal, community and regional stakeholders.”
A series of public meetings is being scheduled in the geographies served by both hospitals, and an online survey will be launched next month to collect feedback from stakeholders and the public. Those interested are invited to submit their questions and comments by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Following this important period of stakeholder education and feedback over the summer, the hospital leaders intend to submit final materials to support a joint Integration Proposal to the Board of the Central East LHIN in September, detailing their plans to consider moving forward with the integration process.
Under current provincial legislation, both the Central East LHIN and the hospitals within it have a legal duty to identify and explore opportunities for integration of the services they provide for patients. RMH and PRHC have a shared goal of creating an integrated system of healthcare services that is responsive to the needs of the population, provides appropriate access, delivers safe, high-quality care for patients and their families, and uses resources efficiently so that these services are sustainable into the future.
You can read the Directional Plan submitted to the Central East LHIN here:
Both organizations are committed to keeping you informed, and we welcome your input and feedback throughout this process:
For media inquiries, contact:
Peterborough Regional Health Centre
705-743-2121 x. 4259
Coordinator, Employee & Community Relations
Ross Memorial Hospital
RMH and PRHC are exploring integration opportunities
Following direction from the Central East LHIN, hospitals begin formal due diligence process, with our patients’ interests at the forefront of the conversation.
April 24, 2018 - On March 28, the Board of Directors of the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) passed a motion directing Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) and Ross Memorial Hospital (RMH) to explore integration opportunities, including the delivery of clinical and front-line services, back-office functions, leadership and governance. The same motion also requested that a joint directional plan be developed to guide this formal process between the two organizations.
Under current provincial legislation, both the Central East LHIN and the hospitals within it have a legal duty to identify and explore opportunities for integration of the services we provide for patients.
The joint directional plan will be submitted to the Central East LHIN on or before June 28, 2018 for review by the LHIN Board at its June open Board meeting. The joint directional plan will include a process for extensive consultations with our internal, external and regional stakeholders. Due diligence and stakeholder consultation will be paramount to this process since no decisions related to this integration opportunity have been made at this time.
Delivering the highest standard of health care is a shared goal for PRHC and RMH. This commitment requires ongoing consideration of the changing needs of the region’s population, evolving quality and safety goals, developing and delivering new services, and the sustainability of existing services.
RMH and PRHC have been working together for many years to jointly deliver excellent care for patients in this region. This has included partnerships and collaborations in areas such as diagnostic imaging, dialysis services, laboratory medicine, mental health and addictions services, obstetrics, pediatrics, ophthalmology and orthopedic surgery. Most recently, this evolving partnership resulted in the creation of a shared Vice President/Chief Financial Officer role to provide financial leadership and oversight for both organizations.
Both organizations are committed to keeping you informed, and we welcome your input and feedback throughout this process.
Please share your thoughts on this proposed integration by emailing us at:
As the process evolves, updates will be posted on our websites:
Ross Memorial Hospital: www.rmh.org/about-ross-memorial/integration
Peterborough Regional Health Centre: www.prhc.on.ca/cms/integration