Rouge Valley construction projects address needs of growing patient community

New construction projects at Rouge Valley Health System (RVHS) are ushering in an era of transformation and focus on being the best for patients. The construction will help meet the needs of its rapidly growing communities by offering the best in modern medical facilities.

In 2008, RVHS completed two major construction projects at its Rouge Valley Centenary hospital campus in east Toronto. A third project, the largest of them, will open at Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering in 2010.

In February 2008, 25 Neilson, a 30-unit mental health supportive housing complex, opened; and in December, Rouge Valley’s Birthing and Newborn Centre opened to the public. Both projects are located at Rouge Valley Centenary (RVC).

At Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering (RVAP), construction is currently in progress for its new, much-needed 70,000 sq. ft. expansion, and a further renovation of 70,000 sq. ft. of space. The project is scheduled for completion in 2010, with the new emergency department opening by early fall 2009.

“These projects will better meet the needs of our growing communities,” says Rik Ganderton, president and chief executive officer, RVHS. “There are obvious health-care benefits as well as many economic spin-offs into the community that come as a result of the construction phase of each project. A bonus for our hospital corporation is the appeal of the new construction itself, which will help attract highly-skilled staff and physicians looking to care for and treat patients in the best facilities with the best team of professionals.”

Rouge Valley Centenary

With the Greater Toronto Area accounting for a large portion of births in Ontario, Rouge Valley Centenary’s new state-of-the-art Birthing and Newborn Centre is designed to help address the needs of its expanding patient community. The hospital recently relocated its 40 year-old birthing facilities from two floors to a newly-constructed, single level, 37,000 sq. ft., modern facility. It’s the first major construction project at RVC in more than a decade. In January, Health Promotions Minister Margarett Best and Rouge Valley Board Chair Janet Ecker opened the new facility with Dr. Terry Logaridis and Dr. Karen Chang.

“The philosophy at Rouge Valley is family-centred care, and the design of this facility keeps that in mind. Our Birthing and Newborn Centre allows families to go through labour, delivery, recovery and post partum all in the same room,” explains Rick Gowrie, senior director, capital projects. He adds that minimizing transfers not only helps to reduce stress on mom and baby, it also helps to reduce anxiety and infection risks.

Among the Birthing and Newborn Centre’s features are: 16 Labour, Delivery, Recovery and Postpartum rooms; 21 post-partum beds; an Advanced Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that is adjacent to modern, state-of-the-art operating birthing rooms. This larger and more inviting space will allow parents the opportunity to spend more time with their newborns as they recover; four private care-by-parent rooms for parents to look after their babies just prior to discharge when they have been admitted for prolonged periods; and two overnight hostel rooms for mothers and families who have been discharged before their babies are ready to go home.

Rouge Valley Ajax and Pickering

RVAP’s more than $90 million redevelopment project is currently underway, and is expected to be complete by fall 2010. It’s the first major construction project in 15 years at the Ajax and Pickering hospital campus. The redevelopment will include a number of new and expanded services, providing much-needed services to the rapidly growing west Durham region. The addition of 70,000 sq. ft. of new construction and another 70,000 sq. ft. of renovated space will create a larger, more modern facility that will feature expanded and redesigned services.

Among these much-needed services will be a new emergency department, providing space for an estimated 60,000 patients a year. RVAP currently treats 45,000 patients a year in a space that was designed for 20,000.

Other features will include a new laboratory; redesigned space for the diagnostic imaging and cardiac diagnostic areas; an expanded ambulatory care unit; and a new 30-bed complex-continuing care unit.

Ganderton adds, “The construction projects people can see from the outside mirror what is happening inside at Rogue Valley, where we are transforming ourselves to be the best at what we do.”