The Network has analyzed rehab/complex continuing care (CCC) utilization data to better understand demand, capacity and patient flow between member organizations of Ontario Health’s Central, Toronto and East regions. As patients often cross regional borders in the GTA, the Network reviewed their residential locations relative to rehab/CCC programs accessed, rehab patient groups, sending hospitals and volumes to discern admission patterns of the past three years.

Key findings included the following:

  • Between 2019 and 2022, 60% to 64% of high-intensity rehab program discharges in Toronto were individuals who reside outside of the Ontario Health (OH) – Toronto region. The majority (38% – 39% of all discharges) were residents of OH – Central region.
  • Patients treated for other disabilities, fracture of lower extremity and stroke represented the three largest rehab groups of residents from the OH – Central and OH – East regions discharged from rehab programs in Toronto.
  • Between 2019 and 2022, 50% to 55% of CCC program discharges in Toronto were individuals residing outside of the OH – Toronto region. The majority (32% – 37% of all discharges) were residents of OH – Central region. Additionally, there was a high utilization of low-intensity rehab in CCC beds in Toronto by OH – Central residents.

The Network currently meets with Ontario Health representatives on a weekly basis to interpret these findings, identify and address issues related to system flow and inform future capacity planning considerations.

For more information, please contact Sharon Ocampo-Chan, Project Manager.