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About Us

About Us

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. 


Introducing our Alliance Logo

About the design: 

  • Crescent moon shape symbolizes the cycle of life. 
  • Half circle blends the old NWHC apple logo into new design
  • Person represents patients, staff/physicians and community
  • Leaves blend the old leaves from Grove's logo into new design 
  • Roots and leaves tie in the Wellington Health Care Alliance strategic plan to Root-Cultivate-Grow, the three hospital sites, rural medicine and sustainability. 




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: Rooted in Wellness - Growing Together - Cultivating Health

Our mission: Together, elevating quality to achieve excellent care, empowering all to thrive on our journey of wellness

Our values:  Teamwork, Respect, Accountability, Compassion, Kindness

Organizational Chart

Senior Management Team

Angela Stanley

President and CEO

Kate Kobbes
Vice President, Clinical Services and Chief Nursing Executive
Dr. Patrick Otto
Chief of Staff
Cameron Yates
Vice President, Support Services and CIO
Rosemarie Auld
Chief Human Resources Officer
James McDevitt
Vice President, Corporate Services and CFO

2023-2028 Strategic Plan

Thank you to all staff, physicians and volunteers who participated in the engagement sessions to help develop the Wellington Health Care Alliance Strategic Plan 2023-2028.
We are pleased to share the attached plan with you, which has been approved by our Boards.
The Strategic Plan explains what we are going to focus on over the next five years in order to realize our Mission, Vision and Values:
Vision: Rooted in Wellness - Growing Together - Cultivating Health
Mission: Together, elevating quality to achieve excellent care, empowering all to thrive on our journey of wellness
Values: Teamwork, Respect, Accountability, Compassion, Kindness
The Strategic Directions that are included in the plan will help us to focus on what is most important:
  • Together, empowering a meaningful patient journey
  • Together, advancing a culture of team wellness
  • Together, nurturing our Alliance ecosystem
  • Together, enriching partnerships and growing community relationships
The plan includes many of our key goals that will be reviewed each year as we make progress in the achievement of our four key strategic directions. 

Click here to view our full plan.


Groves Memorial Community Hospital