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 Our History​


​1891 ​The Barrie General Hospital, a tiny cottage with just four beds, was opened on Duckworth Street near Ardagh's Grove.
​1897 ​A larger hospital (with room for 13 patients) was built on High Street.  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 purchased 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.
​2010 ​RVH breaks ground on Rotary Place which is home to Rotary House, the lodge for cancer patients. 
​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. MY CARE puts patients and families at the centre of everything we do. Follow the link to the right to review the plan. The plan was refreshed in 2016 and 2018.
​2015RVH gets the 'green light' from the provincial government to build an Advanced Cardiac Centre.
​2016RVH gets approval to develop a Child and Youth Mental Health Program including an inpatient unit and Day Program.
​​​2017​​To address surging patient volumes, RVH opens a 40-bed Transitional Care Unit.
​​​​2017The health centre celebrates the opening of the Simcoe Muskoka Regional Child and Youth Mental Health Inpatient Unit in December.
​​​​2018The Simcoe Muskoka Regional Heart Program opens in January featuring a state-of-the-art Cardiac Intervention Unit. The health centre performs its first angiograms.
​​​​​2018RVH embarks on planning for the future of healthcare with its Plan our Future campaign to determine best use of remaining space at the Georgian Drive campus and to begin plans to build a south campus to meet the healthcare needs of residents in south Barrie/Innisfil.


  • Child & Youth Mental Health Day Program opens in September. In partnership with the Simcoe County District School Board the Day Program provides academic and mental health services for high school students unable to attend regular classes.
​​​​​2018​Scheduled angioplasties begin in the Cardiac Intervention Unit.