The Wellington Health Care Alliance (WHCA) is comprised of three, rural, acute care hospitals: Groves Memorial Community Hospital in Fergus, and North Wellington Health Care, with hospital sites in Mount Forest (Louise Marshall Hospital) and Palmerston (Palmerston and District Hospital).
Each hospital provides a comprehensive range of surgical, inpatient and outpatient services; including 24/7 emergency and obstetrical care.
WHCA is an administrative alliance that was formed to provide a strong, consistent voice for rural health care. We value the strength we have with our health care partners across the Waterloo-Wellington region.
Patient Declaration of Values
Groves Memorial Community Hospital.
Dr. Abraham Groves (1847-1935) was a famous surgeon in Fergus, Ontario.
He was a pioneer in the use of antiseptics and sterilization, stomach surgery, and X-ray treatment for cancer. Dr. Groves was the first surgeon in Canada to perform an appendectomy; before that, people with appendicitis died.
Almost from the beginning of his practice, his ability and skill as a surgeon began to be recognized, and the demands for his professional services grew rapidly.
He opened a hospital, the Royal Alexandra, in Fergus in 1902 and included a nursing school.
Dr. Groves gave the hospital to Fergus in 1935 and it was rebuilt as the Groves Memorial Community Hospital.
Mission, Vision, Values
Our Vision, Mission and Values
Our vision: Your Health Matters
Our mission: Together, advancing exceptional care and wellness
Our values: We are compassionate, respectful, innovative, professional and collaborative
Senior Management Team
President and CEO
2021-23 Strategic Plan
Best possible care and experience, informed by our patients
Inspired people – feeling valued, performing their best
Optimize system resources to deliver seamless care
Accountable organizations, meeting community needs, through a strong Alliance