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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