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Scarborough Health Network (SHN) is a hospital network serving the Scarborough district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It comprises of three hospital campuses: Scarborough General, Centenary, and Birchmount. SHN was created in 2016 through the merger of former hospital networks, The Scarborough Hospital and Rouge Valley Health System.

Scarborough and Rouge Valley Hospital
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The Scarborough Hospital, General Division
Location3050 Lawrence Avenue East
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
M1P 2V5
Care systemMedicare
Hospital typeCommunity
Emergency departmentYes

The three hospitals are affiliated with the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine.[1]



The Scarborough Hospital was founded as Scarborough General Hospital by the Sisters of Misericorde in 1956. In 1985, The Salvation Army Scarborough Grace Hospital was opened in northern Scarborough; it was later voluntarily amalgamated with Scarborough General to form The Scarborough Hospital in 1998, as part of a successful proposal to the Health Services Restructuring Commission.[2]

The hospital gained international attention when it became the centre of the SARS outbreak in Toronto after Tse Chi Kwai was admitted in March 2003.[3]

The hospital’s historic affiliation with The Salvation Army ended in October 2008 when The Army made a decision to cease its role in the administration of the hospital and refocus its efforts on providing culturally sensitive spiritual care.[4] As part of the agreement with The Salvation Army, the hospital undertook a process to change the name of the Grace campus. Staff and members of the public were given the opportunity to enter a contest to suggest a new name for the campus. The new name, “Birchmount campus”, was officially announced in early July 2009.[5]

Trilingual board of emergency and outpatient services - In English, Chinese, and Tamil

In addition to providing a range of community-based healthcare services, The Scarborough Hospital is a regional centre of excellence for dialysis, family maternity services, vascular surgery, pacemakers, sexual assault care, and mental health and crisis programs.[6] The dialysis program is the largest of its kind in North America.[7]

The Scarborough Hospital placed a renewed emphasis on transparency and accountability. Their corporate website,, publishes a number of patient safety indicators including rates of hospital-acquired infections such as C. difficile, MRSA and VRE, as well as their Hospital Standardized Mortality Ratio (HSMR), hand hygiene compliance and a corporate balanced scorecard.

Demonstrating accountability has gone hand-in-hand with an increased focus on patient safety. In April 2009, The Scarborough Hospital ranked first in Ontario for its hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers, with an overall rate of 97%. The hospital has also been successful at reducing rates of C. difficile and HSMR.[8]

2009 marked a significant growth milestone for the General campus, when it opened a $72 million Emergency and Critical Care Centre in its new West Wing. The project, which more than doubled the size of the previous emergency department, features new infection control and isolation protocols as well as five care zones that are designed to provide the appropriate level of care for specific patients’ acuities—Pediatric, Rapid Assessment, Critical Care, Acute Care and Ambulatory Care. The new wing is also home to a 22-bed Critical Care Centre that consolidates patients from the previous Intensive Care Unit, Coronary Care Unit and Acute Medical Unit. A Satellite Diagnostic Imaging department also opened in the West Wing, with the Greater Toronto Area’s first Siemens YSIO DR-X-ray units that result in faster images and a more comfortable experience for both patients and technologists. The hospital is also the first in the world to run two key diagnostic imaging systems (Agfa HealthCare’s IMPAX 6.3.1 and Cardiovascular 7.7,) on an integrated platform—a major benefit for cardiac patients who can now get faster, more accurate diagnoses and treatment.[9]

On December 21, 2010, the Birchmount campus was approved for a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine by the Hon. Gerry Phillips, MPP for Scarborough-Agincourt.[10]

In late March 2015 hospital surgeons performed surgery on Sadiki, a gorilla with a foot issue from the Toronto Zoo along with the veterinary staff from the zoo's Wildlife Health Centre.[11]

Effective December 1, 2016, The Scarborough Hospital and the Centenary site of Rouge Valley Health System merged to become one hospital corporation (Rouge Valley's Ajax location later becoming part of Lakeridge Health). The new corporation's temporary name is Scarborough and Rouge Hospital.[12]

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  1. ^ "Community-Affiliated Hospitals and Sites". University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine. University of Toronto. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2010. Nineteen hospitals and healthcare sites in southern Ontario are community affiliates of the University of Toronto (U of T).
  2. ^ "Supplementary Directions to Scarborough General Hospital". Restructuring Reports. Health Services Restructuring Commission. 14 January 1999. Archived from the original on 11 April 2010. Retrieved 17 March 2010.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Laurance, Jeremy (23 April 2003). "One family went on holiday - and made Toronto a global pariah". The Independent. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  4. ^ Queen, Lisa (30 October 2008). "Salvation Army switches gears at TSH". Inside Toronto. Metroland Media Group. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2010.
  5. ^ Queen, Lisa (6 July 2009). "'Birchmount' replaces 'Grace' at Scarborough Hospital". Inside Toronto. Metroland Media Group. Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2010.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2010-03-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-01-15. Retrieved 2010-03-17.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Toronto Breaking News - Toronto's Online Newspaper -". Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  9. ^ "(no title)". Toronto Sun. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  10. ^ "Toronto Breaking News - Toronto's Online Newspaper -". Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  11. ^ "Sadiki the gorilla recovers after surgery for injured foot". Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  12. ^ "Scarborough and Rouge Hospital". Retrieved 2016-12-12.

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