Stronger together

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STRONGER TOGETHER

How a connected health network works for YOU

It was a calculation that would baffle mathematicians, and it may have been the only time when 1+1+1 equaled infinite outcomes. But when SHN’s three hospitals merged to become one health network, the positive impacts on health care in Scarborough were infinite. 

Merging took courage and trust from our hospital teams and our community. Trust that becoming a bigger organization would lead to better care for our community, and courage to take action to make the transition a positive experience.

Almost three years since our three community hospitals and eight community satellite sites formally became one, connected health network, and after our first year of being Scarborough Health Network (SHN), we’ve learned a lot. But the biggest lesson is that we are stronger together.

Over these three years, we have made some changes. We looked at the parts of our network that are working well, and what we could improve. But we’ve kept the best of our community hospital roots – the personal focus on our patients and their families and providing life-changing care close to home – and incorporated them as we designed new features our larger organization can now support.

Features like having more specialized medical professionals on our team, which provides more people with access to specialist care in Scarborough. Upgrading our equipment so you and your care team get your test results sooner. And expanding our services and care programs so we can help you and your family prevent, treat, and recover from injury or illness. When we combine the best of being small with the best of being big, our care for you and your family gets better.

Every success starts with access. No one should have to leave Scarborough to get the care they need. You and your family deserve high-quality care right here at home, from regular check-ups and preventive care to specialized care like kidney dialysis, cardiac care, or birthing and kids’ care centres.

That is why we are developing centres of excellence at each of our hospitals: for example, in stroke care at Birchmount hospital, and in women’s and children’s care at Centenary and General hospitals. But being stronger together doesn’t just mean investing in specific programs at specific hospitals in our network. It also means raising our standards throughout our network so that you and your family receive consistently exceptional care.

What does this look like? It looks like our nurses using the same system to assess patients in all three of our Emergency Departments, so that your child with a broken wrist is seen with the same urgency by all our Emergency teams. It looks like our team members regularly meeting to share clinical skills and learning with each other, so your relative who has injuries from a car accident benefits from the experience and expertise of the network’s entire critical care team.

And it means that no matter which hospital or clinic you are in, you will receive world-class care that a large network can provide, with the personal, compassionate focus of your community hospital.

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SHN 365:

The Anniversary Report

STRONGER TOGETHER

How a connected health network works for YOU

It was a calculation that would baffle mathematicians, and it may have been the only time when 1+1+1 equaled infinite outcomes. But when SHN’s three hospitals merged to become one health network, the positive impacts on health care in Scarborough were infinite. 

Merging took courage and trust from our hospital teams and our community. Trust that becoming a bigger organization would lead to better care for our community, and courage to take action to make the transition a positive experience.

Almost three years since our three community hospitals and eight community satellite sites formally became one, connected health network, and after our first year of being Scarborough Health Network (SHN), we’ve learned a lot. But the biggest lesson is that we are stronger together.

Over these three years, we have made some changes. We looked at the parts of our network that are working well, and what we could improve. But we’ve kept the best of our community hospital roots – the personal focus on our patients and their families and providing life-changing care close to home – and incorporated them as we designed new features our larger organization can now support.

Features like having more specialized medical professionals on our team, which provides more people with access to specialist care in Scarborough. Upgrading our equipment so you and your care team get your test results sooner. And expanding our services and care programs so we can help you and your family prevent, treat, and recover from injury or illness. When we combine the best of being small with the best of being big, our care for you and your family gets better.

Every success starts with access. No one should have to leave Scarborough to get the care they need. You and your family deserve high-quality care right here at home, from regular check-ups and preventive care to specialized care like kidney dialysis, cardiac care, or birthing and kids’ care centres.

That is why we are developing centres of excellence at each of our hospitals: for example, in stroke care at Birchmount hospital, and in women’s and children’s care at Centenary and General hospitals. But being stronger together doesn’t just mean investing in specific programs at specific hospitals in our network. It also means raising our standards throughout our network so that you and your family receive consistently exceptional care.

What does this look like? It looks like our nurses using the same system to assess patients in all three of our Emergency Departments, so that your child with a broken wrist is seen with the same urgency by all our Emergency teams. It looks like our team members regularly meeting to share clinical skills and learning with each other, so your relative who has injuries from a car accident benefits from the experience and expertise of the network’s entire critical care team.

And it means that no matter which hospital or clinic you are in, you will receive world-class care that a large network can provide, with the personal, compassionate focus of your community hospital.