New birthing facility in Scarborough to open in 2008

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Rouge Valley Health System has cemented its standing as the only Advanced Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in the east Greater Toronto Area with the groundbreaking of a new birthing centre.

“The modern facilities of our Regional Birthing and Newborn Centre will bring the latest in labour and delivery to our community in Scarborough and Durham. In keeping with our daily mission of providing quality family centered care, the centre has much to offer our growing community,” says Tom Atkins, Chair of the Rouge Valley Board of Directors.

The centre, to be constructed at Rouge Valley Centenary hospital, celebrated its start at a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, Oct. 27. The centre is expected to open to mothers, babies and families in 2008.

Atkins adds: “The birthing centre will provide us with the infrastructure to meet our obligations as the only hospital in the east Greater Toronto Area (GTA) offering an Advanced Level II NICU.”

Many partners have been involved in making the groundbreaking possible, says Hume Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rouge Valley. He thanks the Honourable Mary Anne Chambers, Minister of Children and Youth Services and MPP for Scarborough East, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and its Minister the Honourable George Smitherman. Martin adds, “I would also like to thank hospital volunteers for pledging to raise $1 million and the Rouge Valley Health System Foundation for its ongoing fundraising campaign, as chaired by Canada AM’s Beverly Thomson.”

The modern centre will greatly enhance Rouge Valley’s role as the Regional Perinatal and Paediatric Centre in the east GTA. The birthing centre will include:

  • 16 Labour, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum rooms
  • New Advanced Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • 21 additional postpartum beds for longer stays
  • Four private care-by-parent rooms
  • Family Lounge
  • Two overnight hostel rooms

Support is also coming in from hospital volunteers, who have pledged $1 million, and from the hospital Foundation, which is committed to contribute $10 million toward new equipment. The centre will offer a modern birthing experience, allowing a mother and her family to remain in the same private room for labour, delivery, recovery and post-partum care. The facility will place the hospital’s Maternal Newborn and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit adjacent to each other, providing for an integrated, family-centred birthing experience.

Ontario Minister of Children and Youth Services and Scarborough East MPP Mary Anne Chambers says: “Residents of Scarborough can feel proud of the outstanding commitment and professional skills of the nurses, physicians and other medical, technical, administrative and support staff who provide exceptional care for patients here at Rouge Valley.”

Please visit www.rougevalley.ca/growth/birthin for more details.