Thursday, February 27, 2020
Fergus, ON…The construction of the new Groves Memorial Community Hospital (GMCH) has reached substantial completion.
“With the achievement of this major milestone, the hospital will have full access to, and control of the building. During the next few months, the contractor will complete remaining minor construction deficiencies, and staff will begin preparing for occupancy. The official opening has not yet been set but is expected in late Spring or early Summer.” states Stephen Street, President and CEO, GMCH.
“Over the next few months, hospital staff and physicians will begin orientation and training in the new facility by familiarizing themselves with the changes in space, workflow, processes, technology and equipment” explains Jill Schitka, VP Patient Services and Chief Nursing Executive, GMCH. “Simulations of real-life patient care scenarios will be conducted as a test and practice to see how the teams will work in the new environment. We will ensure everything works smoothly for opening to ensure safe delivery of patient care”
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. The new hospital is bigger in size with the emergency, diagnostic imaging and ambulatory care departments doubling in space and parking increasing to accommodate 320 vehicles.
“A tremendous amount of staff effort has gone into achieving this stage of the project, and the Board of Governors wishes to thank everyone involved. We also wish to acknowledge and thank our community and the generous support to our fundraising efforts to date” states Jackie Ranahan, Board Chair, GMCH.