Since 2018, when Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre began charting a course for the future of healthcare in Simcoe Muskoka, we consulted the local experts – you. Your input is vital to ensure high-quality care is available now and for generations to come.
RVH’s community consultation has been unprecedented, guiding the plan for a “one system; two site” RVH with a redeveloped North Campus and new South Campus location. To date, an unprecedented 44,000 comments from a broad range of stakeholders has informed our work every step of the way. Your feedback is making our plan better – a plan to meet your needs.
You told us what was important in selecting the new South Campus site, which contributed to the exciting announcement of the chosen site in Innisfil at Yonge Street and Innisfil Beach Road. This location meets all your criteria. You also identified your healthcare needs, service gaps.
Over the past decade RVH has doubled in size and introduced new services and advanced technology, including a regional cancer centre, advanced cardiac care and a child and youth mental health program and expanded kidney care services. Our major expansion in 2012 was completed on time, without borrowing a cent.
Meanwhile, RVH patient volumes are surging and the population in south Simcoe County is soaring, expected to double over the next 20 years.
That’s why RVH needs to grow. To meet our critical capacity challenges and growing population needs, RVH must expand as soon as possible.
Our plan takes a graduated approach, using an integrated two-campus model. As a first step, RVH is now providing outpatient services in Innisfil’s Rizzardo Health and Wellness Centre. Next, we will maximize available spaces within the current Georgian Drive campus. Within ten years, we will double the size of the current campus by adding a large inpatient tower, while creating a South Campus health hub. The South Campus will then expand with the addition of inpatient beds not dependent on an Emergency Department. The 20 year goal is a full-service, acute care hospital — with a 24/7 Emergency Department — to serve residents in south Simcoe County.
Broad and genuine engagement is key to the success of RVH’s planning. And it is really only beginning. There will be many more opportunities for you to provide input at every stage of the process. We are counting on your help.
RVH is your regional health centre. Add your voice to this important conversation as we Plan our Future. Together.
Charlotte Wallis, RVH Chair, Board of Directors and Janice Skot, RVH President and Chief Executive Officer