At the beginning of August, Providence Healthcare in Scarborough joined St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto’s west end and St. Michael’s Hospital downtown to create a new health network serving patients in Toronto and the GTA. Patients’ representatives like Neinstein’s team of personal injury and medical malpractice lawyers hope the network can improve outcomes and enhance quality of care in the region.
St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s announced preliminary plans for the merger in September 2016, and were joined by Providence Healthcare in February. With long histories in Toronto and shared Catholic heritages, the unification was touted as a natural fit by the three hospitals.
After receiving approval from all three boards, the group submitted a merger proposal to the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) on April 11, which was approved in July.
“This is an important and exciting milestone for each of our organizations and the people we care for as we work towards our vision of advancing the health of our patients and our urban communities,” said Tom Woods, chair of the nascent network’s Board of Directors in an August 1 announcement.
Many medical malpractice lawyers believe that improved resource- and information-sharing between health facilities can improve patient outcomes and save lives, and Toronto’s new health network seems to share this view. Through the merger, the three hospitals are now poised to ‘serve our patients, residents and clients across the full spectrum of care, spanning primary care, secondary community care, tertiary and quaternary care services to post-acute through rehabilitation, palliative care and long-term care, while investing in world-class research and education,’ according to the announcement.
“Each of our hospitals has a long and proud history of providing excellent and compassionate care to all, particularly those who experience marginalization or disadvantage,” said the network’s interim president and CEO, Dr. Robert Howard. “Our new health network presents an opportunity for us to reinvest in patient care as well as help patients and their families obtain better access to higher quality, integrated care.”
All three hospitals are substantial facilities with extensive staff and budgets. According to Inside Toronto, Providence has 1,201 employees and an annual budget of $91-million; St. Michael’s employs more than 6,000 people and has a $672-million budget; and St. Joseph’s has 2,851 employees and operates on a $280-million per year. The merger is expected to involve one-time costs of between $29.7- and $33.7-million.
The medical malpractice lawyers at Neinstein Personal Injury Lawyers hope that the new regional health network formed by these three impressive facilities can provide more integrated and better care for residents of the Greater Toronto Area. If you have suffered an injury in a health care setting, contact Neinstein today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation to find out how we can help.
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