About us

The Friends of Ajax/Pickering Hospital is a group of concerned citizens, doctors, nurses, other health care providers, business officials, and patients who support the continued presence of Ajax/Pickering Hospital as the major hospital to fully service all present and future health needs of rapidly growing West Durham region.


Contacts us

Walter Donaldson, chair, 5 Kirkham Drive, Ajax, Ontario L1S 5L1

905-427 7834   e-mail


All rights reserved. Prepared by citizen volunteers. 2016


Minister Statement April 28, 2016

Mark Rochon appointment

Panel Report

The Scarborough Mirror has covered this process extensively. Recent link

Friends Pledge Co-operation in Creation of New Durham Health Corporation

 In a recent letter, The Friends of the Ajax-Pickering Hospital offered congratulations to Mr. Mark Rochon on his appointment as Special Advisor to Health Minister Dr. Eric Hoskins’   Mr. Rochon will facilitate implementation of a Special Panel report on hospital reorganization recently released and approved by the Province.

 Also reiterated was its strong support for the Special Panel recommendations favouring creating new Durham & Scarborough Hospital Corporations.  

 The group also offered any assistance they may be able to provide to the Advisor in furthering his work. Letter

 The Friends are a longtime community hospital advocacy organization.

New Durham Hospital Corporation Not Integration Minister States

 An integration of the Ajax-Pickering Hospital with Lakeridge Heath System is “not what the Minister of Health and Longterm Care Dr. Eric Hoskins announced on April 28, 2016”,Walter Donaldson, the Friends chair stated in a May 9th release.

 “The Minister supported all of the recommendations of the Scarborough/Durham Expert Panel recommendations including the creation of a new Durham Health System”.

 Citing the fact of rapid present and future population growth in west Durham, Donaldson asserted that a new Durham Health Corporation will “have to focus on the needs of this fast growing community and assure every resident has the health service they deserve”.

 The Friends have long called for a single Durham Health Corporation with fair and equal representation from all the areas and encompassing all the hospitals in Durham Region. release