Peterborough Regional Health Centre

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Peterborough Regional Health Centre
Peterborough Regional Health Centre is located in Ontario
Peterborough Regional Health Centre
Location in Ontario
Location 1 Hospital Drive, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 44°18′00″N 78°20′51″W / 44.3001°N 78.3476°W / 44.3001; -78.3476Coordinates: 44°18′00″N 78°20′51″W / 44.3001°N 78.3476°W / 44.3001; -78.3476
Care system Public Medicare (Canada)
Hospital type General
Emergency department Yes
Helipad TC LID: CNU3
Beds 494
Founded 1999
Lists Hospitals in Canada

Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) was established in January 1999, following a directive from the Ontario Hospital Restructuring Commission. It is a combination of the former Peterborough Civic Hospital and St. Joseph's Health Centre, previously operating from those two locations in the City of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. All acute care services were provided at 1 Hospital Drive (the former Civic Hospital), located in the Central-West part of the city, while chronic, rehabilitation and palliative care services, along with some out-patient medical and surgical services, were provided from the 384 Rogers Street site (the former St. Joseph's Health Centre) located in the "East City" or Ashburnham neighbourhood of Peterborough.[1] Effective June 2008 all services of the PRHC (excluding some Outpatient Mental Health services and the Women's Health Care Centre) moved into a new 715,000 sq ft (66,400 m2) hospital building located directly in front of the old Civic Hospital, across from the Nicholls Building, which continued to house some Outpatient Mental Health services (including the Schizophrenia Clinic, Family & Youth Clinic and Psychiatric Services for the Elderly) until 2010.[2]

In late 2010, all patient services, including the Women's Health Care Centre, were moved into the new hospital building. Demolition of the Nicholls building began in fall 2011 and was completed in December 2011.[3][4]

Service area[edit]

The City of Peterborough (pop. 78,000), located in Central-East Ontario, is one of the largest cities between the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and Ottawa, and is the business, culture, education, and health care centre of a greater region stretching from the Counties of Northumberland (south) to Haliburton (north), and the City of Kawartha Lakes (west) to Hastings County (east). The region covers a huge geographic area, and is home to a population of approximately 300,000.

As a regional hospital, the PRHC receives many urgent and emergency transfers of seriously ill or injured patients from smaller hospitals in (and outside) its catchment area, including hospitals in Bancroft, Barry's Bay, Belleville, Campbellford, Cobourg, Haliburton, Lindsay, Minden Hills and Trenton.

Peterborough Regional Health Centre is often accessed by ORNGE - both to incoming and outgoing patients.

Staff and volunteers[edit]

PRHC is the region's second-largest employer with a staff of approximately 2,000 and about 350 physicians with various privileges. The hospital has more than 600 volunteers.

Program and service areas[edit]

Statistics 2013 - 2014[edit]

  • Admitted over 17,500 patients
  • Had more than 74,500 visits to the Emergency Department
  • Performed 114,312 Diagnostic Imaging procedures
  • Delivered 1,630 babies into the world
  • Completed 18,835 surgical procedures
  • Completed 1.43 million laboratory tests
  • Completed 959 Cardiac PCI Procedures
  • Administered 2 million doses of medication
  • Had 135,000 outpatient visits
  • Performed 727 hip and knee procedures
  • Had over 24,000 Mental Health Outpatient visits


In November 2014 Ken Tremblay, the hospital’s CEO was walked out of the building. Alan Wotherspoon speaking for the board of directors refused to say whether Tremblay quit or was fired and would only say that it was a human resources issue. Two weeks later three more executives at the hospital were also no longer working there, including Arnel Schiratti, Cathy van Leipsig and Michael Moore. The hospital refused to say whether they were fired or quit. The hospital advised the community that it was in the process of reviewing its finances. A later audit of the hospital’s financial records revealed that a total of $57 million was accounted for incorrectly on the hospital's balance sheet, rather than on its statement of operations as usable revenue. Members of the local community and the Peterborough Health Coalition were upset at the secrecy surrounding events at the hospital and the fact budget cuts had been taking place for years. [5] [6]

In October 2012 the lawyer heading the effort to start a class-action lawsuit over the breach of privacy of more than 280 patients at Peterborough Regional Health Centre said he will seek to launch the action before the end of the year. Several of the affected patients have spoken publicly about having their medical records accessed by hospital staff who weren’t involved in treating them. Some have said they had been the victims of earlier breaches at the hospital last year, and that they received letters in the fall informing them of the situation. [7]


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