Lakeridge Health has launched a website aimed at community engagement that will provide “a central portal for community members in Durham and Scarborough to access information and provide their input on the proposed integration of Rouge Valley Health System’s (RVHS) Ajax/Pickering site with Lakeridge Health, and the proposed amalgamation of the RVHS Centenary site with The Scarborough Hospital.”
Ontario Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins announced – www.ourhospitals.ca – back in April. It was also said the government would “support the implementation of recommendations from the Report of the Scarborough/West Durham Expert Panel. The Report addressed measures related to hospital governance, service delivery, and future planning.”
After the announcement development began on two proposals that supported “the proposed integrations of the hospital sites, which were submitted to the Central East Local Health Integration Network. The targeted date of the integrations is November 1, 2016.”
The website aims to provide residents in Durham and Scarborough a more accessible way to view information about “the proposed integration and amalgamation processes, including what it means for residents and their families.”
The site also allows members of the community to provide “feedback and input on how the integration and amalgamation processes can ensure timely access to quality health care services well into the future.”
Highlights of the website include:
- An online survey for community members;
- A Q&A section that allows community members to submit a question and see responses to previously answered questions;
- A “News” section that provides up-to-date information on integration activities and milestones; and
- An “Events” page that provides information on key dates and opportunities for community members to engage in the process, including the opportunity to register and be notified of upcoming telephone town halls.
The hospitals are committed to an open engagement process and will continue to update the website with new information and details of upcoming community engagement opportunities.” The hospitals encourage all residents who are interested to visit the site, and engage in this opportunity to help shape the future of health care delivery in Durham Region as well as Scarborough.