The Rouge Valley Health System won the 2009 Award for Innovations in Human Health Resources. The system consists of Scarborough Centenary and Ajax-Pickering hospitals.
The award was given to Rouge Valley by Deb Matthews, the Health Minister at a conference by the Ontario government and Ontario Hospital Association.
The award includes a $10,000 grant from the provincial government. It was given to the neonatal and pediatric orientation program for new nursing graduates.
The program is for recent graduates and allows them gain experience caring for newborns and interacting with families. It was designed by Rose Owen and Minette MacNeil.
The program is part of the provinces New Graduate Initiative created in 2007.