1989 – Rainy River Valley Health Care Facilities Inc. changed its name to Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc.
1998 – Ongoing renovations to La Verendrye Hospital have been taking place over the last few years. A new front entrance, work on the rehab department, new nursing unit – St. Andrew’s and the moving of offices such as Payroll, Administration, Foundation, Health Records, Accounting and Systems into one area was done.
1999 – A new health centre was built and opened in Rainy River.
2001 – Renovations to the Emo Health Centre were completed and the newly renovated health centre was reopened in February 2001.
2003 – LVGH saw redevelopment of the 1952 wing, which included moving the Sterile Processing Department into the area.
2004 – An extension to LVGH accommodated a new laboratory and operating room suites. The Dialysis Unit was also relocated there.
2005 – The Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care assumed control of the Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances and approached Riverside to assume management. The Ministry’s independent consultant recommended that ownership, governance, and management of Rainycrest transfer permanently to Riverside.
2006 – Phase IV Expansion Project at La Verendrye is completed, after two years of construction following two years of planning and preparation. This $12.2 million project was financially supported by the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, Riverside Foundation for Health Care, Riverside Health Care, community members, organizations, services, clubs and businesses from across the Rainy River District.
2006 – Riverside Health Care Facilities Inc. acquired the assets of Rainycrest Home for the Aged, and officially changed the name to Rainycrest Long Term Care Home. This was another step in providing continuum of care for the residents in the district.
2008 – After nearly two years of fundraising and planning, the district's first CT Scanner was installed at LVGH.
2010 – Our new Comfort Care Room opened at LVGH, providing a place for patients nearing end-of-life to have comfort and dignity.
2011 – Riverside is selected as one of Confederation College’s Employers of the year.
2012 – The $2-million renovation program at Rainycrest, started in 2008, was completed, improving accessibility, safety and comfort, including a 21-bed upgrade.
2013 – A new Philips MicroDose SD mammography unit was unveiled during Breast Cancer Awareness month in October. The unit uses significantly less radiation to produce clear images that are immediately transmitted to offsite experts for quick interpretation.
2013 – We implemented a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) Line Insertion Program at La Verendrye General Hospital.
2014 – RHC implemented mobile personal computer carts to facilitate nursing documentation at all acute care locations. This included the installation of a wireless system across facilities and increased nursing time at the bedside.
2016 – Summer brought excitement with a visit from Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith. The NHLer and former resident of Fort Frances visited our facilities with the Stanley Cup, creating memories for patients, residents and staff members alike. He also generously donated $10,000 to local health care, with $5,000 earmarked for Rainycrest technology.
2017 – The Health System Navigator was introduced in partnership with Fort Frances Area Tribal Health Authorities to increase access to community-based withdrawal management services. This role ensures smooth and timely process and flow in the emergency department and assists with intervention and substance use issues.
2018 – Made possible by two successful grants, we were able to purchase a Triple Channel Infusion Pump and Wellness Chemotherapy Chair for the Cancer Program at LVGH. The pump and chair allow our patients to safely and more comfortably receive multiple medications during their treatments.
2018 – Our Information Systems & Technology Department was instrumental in implementing the RHC Guests WiFi network. With the launch of this new WiFi network, connecting our patients, residents, clients, families, and visitors at all our facilities.
2019 – Accreditation Canada awarded Riverside its highest honour — Accreditation with Exemplary Standing — for the period of 2019-2023, in recognition of our commitment to providing quality, innovative health care across the Rainy River District. Riverside met 98.7% of the 2,018 standards set out by Accreditation Canada.
2019 – A newly implemented Partnership with Ambutrans allowed for medically stable patient transports (formally known as non-urgent patient transfers) multiple times per week.
2019 – LVGH moved to a Centralized Registration model. This change enhanced patient flow, improved staff and patient safety and enhanced the Quality of patient experiences. This change also allowed for the Foundation to move their office onto the ground floor to increase their visibility and access to better serve the needs of current and future donors, supporters, and the community.
2019 – Riverside’s MOREOB team achieved service quality recognition for the seventh consecutive year. The effectiveness of our obstetrical team demonstrates their commitment and is reflective of our broader nursing services across the organization.
2019 – Riverside introduced a new Community Services Lead to advance quality and the type of services provided.