Royal Victoria Regional Health Centre’s (RVH) Board of Directors has approved its 2017-’18 operating plan which will enable RVH to achieve its eighth consecutive balanced budget. The plan avoids any bed closures and preserves patient programs. In fact, the budget strategy allows RVH to invest significantly in patient care, which will improve access to specialized services and reduce wait times for North Simcoe Muskoka residents.
The budget plan will increase the number of bassinettes in the health centre’s neonatal intensive care unit from 9 to 12 to ensure RVH can meet the region’s demand for high risk births. Additional surgeries, CT/MRI scans, and outpatient cardiac diagnostics will further reduce wait times.
Overall there will be a net increase of 20 full time equivalent positions as a result of this budget.