After six months of consideration, the boards of Ross Memorial Hospital (RHM) and Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) have agreed that they will not proceed with a proposal to integrate the two hospitals into one organization with two sites.
This decision was approved by the Central East Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) on Oct. 31, according to a Nov. 16 release from the LHIN.
“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 Kawartha Lakes communities, the Central East LHIN Board was pleased that the Boards and leadership of RMH and 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, according to the release.
“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.”
Louis O’Brien, Chair of the Cental East LHIN Board, thanked the leadership at both facilities for exploring the integration opportunities.
“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,” said O’Brien.