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Scarborough-Rouge: No merger decision, but hospital still selling benefits

If this were the private sector, you wouldn’t have the board of a $352 million organization sitting in such uncomfortable chairs.

Despite signs of modest economic recovery, it’s still hard times for many of Ontario’s hospitals, including The Scarborough Hospital. October 1st the TSH board met at the Birchmount Campus to conduct the hospital’s business.

Struggling financially – their line of credit recently increased to $30 million – the hospital is now facing an all-consuming discussion of merger with the somewhat healthier $326 million Rouge Valley Health System.

Maybe once they are a $678 million joint entity the chairs destined for board meetings will at least get better.

While engaged in an open and transparent process around the merger, there are clear signs that public engagement is not so much about gathering input to make a decision, but finding pockets of community opposition and trying to win them over to what appears to be a done deal. TSH CEO Robert Biron insists no decision has been made but continues to promote the benefits of merger.

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Going backwards — Fresh food preparation may be lost in Scarborough-Rouge merger

The Scarborough Hospital has been an innovator in food services at its main campus. Last year it garnered considerable media attention by bringing in a consulting chef to work with the hospital in developing a menu that would feature locally grown foods that are prepared from scratch in their kitchens.

Toronto Chef Joshna Maharaji told the Toronto Star last year “now their humanity is required when they work. Now they have to smell and taste and make judgments instead of just executing a very standardized plan. That’s real evidence of change.”

Now that change may be under threat as The Scarborough Hospital looks to standardize food services with its potential merger partner, the Rouge Valley Health System.

Instead of going to the innovative service Scarborough began, merger talks appear to be leaning towards the less-than-optimal rethermalized food service at Rouge.

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