Following an extensive search process, Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre (RVH) has named a location in Innisfil as the site of its future South Campus.
The 83-acre site at the southwest corner of Yonge Street and Innisfil Beach Road received unanimous endorsement by RVH’s Board of Directors, after searching a 225 square kilometre area in Innisfil and south Barrie to find the right location.
“Ten technical expert reviews concluded this is the ideal location for a hospital,” says RVH President and CEO Janice Skot. “RVH’s South Campus will bring significant economic growth, housing, new businesses and most importantly, enhanced healthcare services closer to home for generations to come.”
The search for the right location included broad community consultation that saw over 30,000 engagements logged since 2018. “We consulted with diverse and vulnerable populations, Indigenous and Francophone partners, patients and families, staff, physicians and volunteers. RVH’s innovative ‘Street Team’ spoke with residents at Farmers’ markets, hospital waiting rooms, community events, grocery stores — even at the beach,” explains RVH’s Vice President Strategy, Communications and Stakeholder Relations, Suzanne Legue. “Our goal was to ensure everyone had an opportunity to influence our plan and have their voice heard.”
It is expected the first phase of the South Campus will be completed within a decade. It will include a health hub focusing on outpatient care. The campus is expected to expand over time, with a full-service hospital and 24/7 Emergency Department expected over the next twenty years.
At the same time, RVH will work to double the size of the North Campus, including a new nine-storey inpatient tower. Services within the two-campus plan are integrated and not duplicated.