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​By the Numbers 


Annual Budget
$316 million

​​​​Patient Vis​​its


​​​Cancer Centre Visits


​​​Babies​​​ Born


​​​​Laboratory Tests

4.3 million​

​Surgeries ​​​


​Emergency Visits​​​


Imaging Tests​​​


Individuals Treated


Number of beds


Patient Meals Per Year


Donations to the RVH Foundation


 Our History​


​1891 ​The Barrie General Hospital, a tiny cottage with just four beds was originally opened on Duckworth Street near Ardagh's Grove.
​1897 ​A larger hospital (with room for 13 patients) was built on High St. In recognition of Queen Victoria's Jubilee, it was renamed Royal Victoria Hospital.
​1898 ​Monthly salaries total $37.87! Patients were charged $1.14 per day for care. (Today the average daily cost for care is almost $500) .
​1902 ​A new 35-bed hospital, at a cost of $20,000 was built on Ross Street
​1903 ​The first X-ray machine, with a water driven motor was bought by several members of the medical staff.
​1952 ​After World War II, the population of Barrie soared, so the Memorial Wing was built with 70 beds. By the late 60's RVH had expanded to 315 beds.
​1985 ​A 16-bed Critical Care Unit was added.
​1995 ​Construction started on the new, Georgian Drive location
​1997 ​The new Royal Victoria Hospital opens, on-schedule and under budget
​2005 ​RVH gets the Green light for the Phase 1 Expansion Project including the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre which will double the size of the current hospital
​2009 ​RVH breaks ground on the Phase 1 Expansion Project including the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Cancer Centre
​2010 ​RVH breaks ground on Rotary Place
​2012 ​RVH introduces a new visual identity and name, becoming the Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre, although it will also continue to be referred to by the well-known acronym “RVH”.
​2012 ​RVH opens its Phase 1 Expansion Project on May 17, 2012
​2013 RVH launches new strategic plan June 17, 2013