Peterborough Regional Health Centre
|Peterborough Regional Health Centre|
|Location||1 Hospital Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada|
|Care system||Public Medicare (Canada)|
|Helipad||TC LID: CNU3|
|Lists||Hospitals in Canada|
Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) was established in January 1999, following a directive from the Ontario Hospital Restructuring Commission. It is a combination of the former Peterborough Civic Hospital and St. Joseph's Health Centre, previously operating from those two locations in the City of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. All acute care services were provided at 1 Hospital Drive (the former Civic Hospital), located in the Central-West part of the city, while chronic, rehabilitation and palliative care services, along with some out-patient medical and surgical services, were provided from the 384 Rogers Street site (the former St. Joseph's Health Centre) located in the "East City" or Ashburnham neighbourhood of Peterborough. Effective June 2008 all services of the PRHC (excluding some Outpatient Mental Health services and the Women's Health Care Centre) moved into a new 715,000 sq ft (66,400 m2) hospital building located directly in front of the old Civic Hospital, across from the Nicholls Building, which continued to house some Outpatient Mental Health services (including the Schizophrenia Clinic, Family & Youth Clinic and Psychiatric Services for the Elderly) until 2010.
In late 2010, all patient services, including the Women's Health Care Centre, were moved into the new hospital building. Demolition of the Nicholls building began in fall 2011 and was completed in December 2011.
The City of Peterborough (pop. 78,000), located in Central-East Ontario, is one of the largest cities between the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Ottawa, and is the business, culture, education, and health care centre of a greater region stretching from the Counties of Northumberland (south) to Haliburton (north), and the City of Kawartha Lakes (west) to Hastings County (east). The region covers a huge geographic area, and is home to a population of approximately 300,000.
As a regional hospital, the PRHC receives many urgent and emergency transfers of seriously ill or injured patients from smaller hospitals in (and outside) its catchment area, including hospitals in Bancroft, Barry's Bay, Belleville, Campbellford, Cobourg, Haliburton, Lindsay, Minden Hills and Trenton.
Staff and volunteers
PRHC is the region's second-largest employer with a staff of approximately 2,000 and about 350 physicians with various privileges. The hospital has more than 600 volunteers.
Program and service areas
- Cardiac (including Interventional Cardiac Catheterisation and Pacemaker Insertion)
- Critical Care Medicine (ICU, Telemetry)
- Diagnostic Imaging Services (including General Radiology and Fluoroscopy, CT, MRI, Ultrasound)
- Emergency Services (including Base Hospital and District Stroke Centre)
- General Medicine
- Internal Medicine (Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Neurology, Rheumatology)
- Interventional Radiology
- Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
- Long-term Care
- Medical Oncology (including Outpatient Cancer Clinic)
- Mental Health Services (including Inpatient, Outpatient Clinics)
- Paediatrics (including Inpatient, Paediatric surgery)
- Perinatal & Women's Health (including Gynaecology, Labour & Delivery, Maternity, Basinettes, Level II Nursery, Women's Health Centre)
- Surgery (General, Gynaecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, Otolaryngology/ENT, Plastics, Urology, Vascular)
Statistics 2011 - 2012
- Births 1,523
- Diagnostic Imaging Procedures 95,000
- MRIs 6300
- Emergency Department Visits 76,000
- Admitted patients 16,926
- Laboratory exams 1.4 million
- Surgical procedures 16,942
In October 2012,(http://www.thepeterboroughexaminer.com/2012/10/11/prhc-class-action-lawsuit-to-go-ahead) the lawyer heading the effort to start a class-action lawsuit over the breach of privacy of more than 280 patients at Peterborough Regional Health Centre said he will seek to launch the action before the end of the year.Several of the affected patients have spoken publicly about having their medical records snooped by hospital staff who weren’t involved in treating them. Some have said they had been the victims of earlier breaches at the hospital last year, and that they received letters in the fall informing them of the situation.
In April 2010 the Central East Ontario Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) conducted a "peer review" of the operations of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) with the explicit goal of finding permanent financial savings to address a chronic budget deficit the hospital had experienced for many years. The review team filed their final report in late April, recommending that 151 staff and 71 beds be eliminated.
The release of the report was met with public backlash. There was concern regarding the impact such cuts would have on the future of PRHC, whether it would be able to continue in its role as a regional referral hospital, and the impact on the Peterborough and regional economy.
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- "Renovating Nicholls Building would cost up to $1.5 million", thepeterboroughexaminer.com, July 2009, retrieved 2010-01-19
- "Peterborough, Ontario - Wikipedia entry", wikipedia.org, January 2010, retrieved 2010-01-19