In 2019-20, we pushed the boundaries of collaboration, partnering with six other hospitals to provide care beyond the walls of our hospitals.

Partnerships helps patients build strength and ability in unique facility

Teresina Minicucci didn’t know what the future had in store for her after she fell at home and broke her left leg last summer. Doctors at Etobicoke General Hospital told the 81-year-old that surgery was not an option given her age and other risk factors, leaving her to wonder whether she would ever regain the use of her leg. But after a short hospital stay, Teresina was transferred to Osler’s Reactivation Care Unit (RCU) at Humber River Hospital’s Reactivation Care Centre Church Site to undergo personalized care tailored to her therapeutic needs.

Opened on May 5, the RCC is a unique partnership of six Greater Toronto Area hospitals working side by side under one roof to provide specialized care for patients like Teresina, who no longer require acute hospital services but can benefit from restorative care. At the RCC, patients receive the specialized care and support they need to help them improve their quality of life and achieve their highest level of ability. This includes occupational therapy, recreational therapy and physiotherapy.

Each of the six hospital operates its own standalone unit within a wing or floor of the refurbished and modernized building and employs its own nursing staff and therapists, among others.

"We work hard to create a relaxing, friendly, homelike atmosphere for patients where they feel supported and motivated to achieve their individual goals," says Dionisia Dann, a registered nurse, who transferred to the RCC from Etobicoke General Hospital when it opened. "We’re their temporary 'home away from home,' a place where they can get the focused help they need to assist them in safely returning to their lives in the community."

Teresina’s individualized care has been successful. With support of the RCC’s staff and physicians, she regained the strength she needed to return home.