Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH), located in Barrie,
Ontario, provides safe, high-quality care for residents across a
large geographical region including Simcoe County and the
District of Muskoka. The region is home to more than 450,000
residents and in fact, 40 per cent of RVH’s patients live
outside the City of Barrie. As the largest health centre in
Simcoe Muskoka, RVH provides a variety of services including the
region’s only Interventional Radiology suites for minimally
invasive surgeries; RIVA – a robotic arm for the preparation of
chemotherapy treatments – one of the first of its kind
in Canada; the latest and most advanced MRI technology – to name
just a few.
expansion in 2012, RVH doubled in size, added $70 million in
state-of-the-art technology, developed specialty services not found anywhere
else in our region and welcomed 600 new, highly-skilled staff. The
$450-million expansion means distance is no longer a factor in residents
receiving lifesaving cancer treatment, thanks to the opening of RVH’s Simcoe
Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre.
currently developing highly-specialized gynecology cancer services to women
from throughout Central and Northern Ontario. The health centre is also
working with the provincial government to develop an advanced cardiac
program, which will provide heart diagnostics and interventions, such as
coronary angioplasty, to thousands of residents who otherwise have to travel
outside our region for care. We also know young people in our region who
face mental health issues are struggling. With no inpatient services for
kids anywhere in North Simcoe Muskoka, families have nowhere to turn. It’s a
tremendous burden that RVH wants to alleviate by developing a child and
youth inpatient unit.
RVH now offers 24/7 cardiac care to Simcoe Muskoka residents
Heart patients throughout Simcoe Muskoka now have access to around-the-clock cardiac care and medical expertise at
Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH). The health centre’s cardiovascular program recently expanded its
specialized cardiac services to include 24/7 cardiology physician on-call coverage.
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RVH wins national leadership award
The Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC) recognized RVH with a silver award, as one of the top 2 health or education organizations in Canada for our submission “Driving Quality by Transforming Culture” based on our MY CARE strategy. The leadership award recognizes “organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership by taking bold steps to improve Canada, through advancements in public policy and management”.
RVH Hosted TVO's The Agenda #TVOOnTheRoad
Barrie has seen remarkable growth in the last several decades. In
fact, it's consistently named one of the fastest-growing cities in
Canada. The Agenda examines how Barrie has adapted to this growth,
and explores what the rest of the province could learn from Barrie's
Click here to watch The Agenda with Steve Paikin: Barrie: Small Town
RVH provides training to support people facing mental health issues
RVH recently began offering Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training
to its staff so they can better identify and support anyone who may
have, or be developing, a mental health problem. The training
focuses on recognizing signs and symptoms of many types of mental
illness and what assistance is available, both within the health
centre and the community.
RVH partners with patients to provide best care
In keeping with its commitment to provide the best, patient-centred
care possible, RVH has introduced a new Patient Family Advisory
“The most important voice in healthcare is that of the patient and
their family,” says Janice Skot, RVH President. “It is only when we
see healthcare through their eyes that we can further improve their
experience and ensure they are at the centre of all we do. Patient
Family Advisors bring an important perspective to a broad range of
discussions and issues and will be invaluable to RVH.”
RVH has launched its dynamic new Strategic Plan. Shaped by the voices of over
3,000 people who care about the future of healthcare in our region, this plan
will act as a roadmap to guide RVH over the next five to seven years.
Led by a relentless commitment to safety and quality, with an eye to advancing
innovation, learning and research, RVH will accelerate to the next level of
excellence - raising the bar to bring exceptional care close to home for
residents throughout Simcoe Muskoka
It is a plan rooted in a philosophy we call MY CARE.
RVH has put a stake in the ground and said every patient has a right to expect
the best possible experience in our health centre. Always. Every day. And
without exception. And that laser-like focus on our patients and their families
will ensure we not only meet their needs, but exceed their expectations. They
will be partners in their care and involved in planning and decision-making
every step of their healthcare journey.
Our vision is bold, our focus
is clear and our plan is achievable.