FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 29th, 2020
Fergus, ON…Groves Memorial Community Hospital (GMCH) will move to the newly built facility on August 9, 2020.
“It is hard to believe that is has been nine years since the Government of Ontario provided the approval to a build a new Groves Hospital and the Board of Governors are thrilled to see a move date set,” remarks Jackie Ranahan, GMCH, Board Chair. “Despite the challenges of COVID-19, great work has been done over the past few months to resolve any deficiencies at the new Groves Hospital building in order to move in August.”
“Staff have been hard at work implementing facility activation plans, receiving furniture and equipment, ensuring life safety systems are working and gearing up for training and orientation,” states Gord Feniak, New Groves Hospital Building Committee Chair. “Thank you to all of the staff and physicians for your extraordinary work during these challenging times.”
“Over the next two months, hospital staff and physicians will begin an extensive training and orientation program to familiarize themselves with the changes in space, workflow, processes, technology and equipment,” explains Stephen Street, President and CEO, GMCH. “We will make sure all staff and physicians feel confident and comfortable for opening day to ensure safe delivery of patient care”
“Thank you to our Groves Hospital Foundation, Volunteers and donors for their tremendous support in raising funds for the local share and almost all of the new hospital equipment and technology,” adds Ranahan. “With this support, we are excited to open an impressive, modern hospital that will support the needs of our communities and rural residents.”
“As much as we would love to have a Grand Opening and welcome visitors, we will continue to adhere to Public Health Guidance as it relates to limiting visitors,” explains Street. “We look forward to celebrating the opening of the New Hospital with the community when it is safe to do so.”
Nestled between the communities of Elora and Fergus the new 152,000 sq ft. energy efficient facility backs on to the Elora Cataract Trailway. Over the past two and a half years, the new Groves Hospital has taken shape on 30 acres of rural land located behind the Wellington County Museum and kitty-corner to the Wellington Terrace Long-term Care Home.