New beds to help reduce emergency wait times       

Rouge Valley celebrates opening of 10 new medical short stay beds

A new unit that recently opened at Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) is helping to improve emergency wait times for patients in Durham Region.

The 10-bed unit, which is located at the Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering (RVAP) hospital campus, was made possible by $1.3 million in funding from the Central East Local Health Integration Network (Central East LHIN). It will focus on patients who are admitted through the emergency department (ED), and have an anticipated length of stay of 72 hours or less. The medical short-stay unit began taking patients in January 2012.

“The board of the Central East LHIN recognized investing in a 10-bed short stay unit at Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering would ensure that local residents, who need to be admitted to the hospital after coming to the emergency department, have timely access to high quality care,” says Wayne Gladstone, chair, board of directors, Central East LHIN. “It also gives the physicians, nurses and front-line staff the additional resources they need to care for their patients and supports the LHIN’s strategic aim of reducing emergency department wait times.”

Rik Ganderton, RVHS president and chief executive officer, says, “our new medical short stay unit will help to reduce emergency department wait times, ultimately contributing to improved care for Rouge Valley patients. They will allow our staff to focus on helping our patients to get better so that they can return home and to the community.” He adds, “we thank the Central East LHIN for their leadership in making this funding possible. We also thank our stakeholders who had a part in making this a reality; from advocating for funding, to planning the processes, and preparing the unit for opening.”

Submitted by Akilah Dressekie
Senior Communications Specialist
Public Affairs and Community Relations
Rouge Valley Health System