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Rouge Valley teams up with U of T

November 18, 2014

Nov. 18, 2014 — Rouge Val­ley Health Sys­tem and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to have signed a for­mal com­mu­ni­ty affil­i­a­tion agree­ment that will ben­e­fit health pro­fes­sions stu­dents, patients and the com­mu­ni­ty.

The agree­ment between the Rouge Val­ley Health Sys­tem and the Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to for­mal­izes the role the hos­pi­tal will play in the edu­ca­tion of stu­dents in health care and relat­ed pro­grams.

“The uni­ver­si­ty and the hos­pi­tal have a mutu­al inter­est in enhanc­ing the edu­ca­tion of stu­dents in research and evi­dence-based prac­tices, which will ben­e­fit patients in the long term. This agree­ment is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to inte­grate the resources of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to and Rouge Val­ley to pro­vide stu­dents with an excel­lent hos­pi­tal envi­ron­ment, men­tor exper­tise and facil­i­ties to enhance their edu­ca­tion,” says Joan Wide­man, Chair, Board of Direc­tors, Rouge Val­ley Health Sys­tem.

“We are so pleased to wel­come Rouge Val­ley as our newest com­mu­ni­ty affil­i­ate hos­pi­tal,” said Catharine White­side, Vice Provost Rela­tions with Health Care Insti­tu­tions at the Uni­ver­si­ty Of Toron­to Temer­ty Temer­ty Fac­ul­ty of Med­i­cine. “Our stu­dents will have an oppor­tu­ni­ty to work in a tru­ly out­stand­ing com­mu­ni­ty care set­ting along­side skilled and expe­ri­enced men­tors.”

“I was delight­ed to present our val­ue propo­si­tion to the hos­pi­tal board and excit­ed by their enthu­si­asm for this part­ner­ship,” said Sari­ta Ver­ma, Asso­ciate Vice Provost Health Pro­fes­sions Edu­ca­tion and Deputy Dean FOM. “Rouge Val­ley has so much poten­tial across our health sci­ences train­ing and with UTSC in emerg­ing inno­v­a­tive dis­ci­plines.”

About the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to Health Fac­ul­ties

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to is at the heart of one of the great bio­med­ical research, edu­ca­tion and clin­i­cal care net­works in the world. With nine ful­ly affil­i­at­ed hos­pi­tals and research insti­tutes and 20 com­mu­ni­ty-affil­i­at­ed hos­pi­tals and clin­i­cal care sites, the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to is a research pow­er­house that offers unpar­al­leled oppor­tu­ni­ties for its 6,800 fac­ul­ty and 7,000-plus stu­dents at all lev­els. Near­ly half of Ontario’s med­ical doc­tors and 25 per cent of all health and bio­med­ical PhDs in Cana­da were trained at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to, which con­sis­tent­ly ranks among the top uni­ver­si­ties world­wide.

Rouge Val­ley Health Sys­tem (RVHS) — The best at what we do.

Rouge Val­ley Health Sys­tem is an excel­lent acute care com­mu­ni­ty hos­pi­tal with many pro­grams, includ­ing 24/7/365 emer­gency, obstet­rics, pae­di­atrics, surgery, men­tal health and region­al car­diac care. Rouge Val­ley con­sists of sev­er­al health sites, includ­ing two com­mu­ni­ty hos­pi­tal cam­pus­es: Rouge Val­ley Cen­te­nary in east Toron­to; and Rouge Val­ley Ajax and Pick­er­ing in west Durham. Togeth­er, a team of physi­cians (147 gen­er­al prac­ti­tion­ers, 340 spe­cial­ists) and 2,822 staff care for a broad spec­trum of health con­di­tions. Work­ing in con­sul­ta­tion and part­ner­ship with com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers, oth­er hos­pi­tals, health­care orga­ni­za­tions, the Cen­tral East Local Health Inte­gra­tion Net­work and the Min­istry of Health and Long-Term Care, Rouge Val­ley con­tin­ues to improve its pro­grams and cater to the needs of the grow­ing com­mu­ni­ties of east Toron­to, Ajax, Pick­er­ing and Whit­by.

For more infor­ma­tion please con­tact:

David Brazeau
Pub­lic Affairs, Com­mu­ni­ty Rela­tions and Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions
Rouge Val­ley Health Sys­tem

Lloyd Rang
Exec­u­tive Direc­tor
Office of Strat­e­gy, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Exter­nal Rela­tions
Temer­ty Temer­ty Fac­ul­ty of Med­i­cine, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to