For Immediate Release
Wednesday, September 8th, 2021
Mount Forest, ON…Dignitaries gathered at Louise Marshall Hospital (LMH) to celebrate the soon to be opened Emergency Department and Ambulatory/Oncology Unit.
“The two-year, $25 million-dollar expansion is complete,” states Stephen Street, President and CEO, North Wellington Health Care (NWHC). “The newly built 5,710 sq. ft. Emergency Department will officially open its door on September 14th. The new 7,000 sq. ft. Ambulatory Care/Oncology Unit will open the following week.”
The LMH expansion project was approved in August 2011 with shovels in the ground in August 2019. Great thought has gone into the design of the expansion with enhanced infection prevention-controls and privacy being a priority. “Instead of having curtains between each treatment bay in the Emergency Department we now have sliding glass doors with complete privacy, providing a more dignified patient experience from start to finish,” explains Dr. Chris Rowley, Chief of Staff, NWHC. “The new ER space also boasts two major trauma bays and increased treatment rooms.”
Additional new features include new bright and modern oncology unity, central patient registration, enclosed ambulance bay, new volunteer gift shop, donor recognition wall and patient drop-off lanes at the main entrance.
“On behalf of my fellow board of directors, I would like to thank the provincial government, Wellington County and the Township of Wellington North for supporting the Louise Marshall Hospital expansion,” expressed Dale Small, Hospital Board Chair, NWHC. “The hospital staff and physicians have worked hard to minimize the patient impact during construction, amid a pandemic. They are to be commended for their resilience and care provided during this time. This investment in our rural hospital could not have come at a better time as demand on hospital services continue to increase. The expansion will allow our patients to receive their health care services close to home for generations to come.”
“Thank you to our Louise Marshall Hospital foundation, volunteers and donors for their tremendous support in raising $5 million in funds for the local share toward the project,” adds Street.
"The LMH Foundation is so pleased to see this project reach completion,” states Bob Mason, Board Chair, The Mount Forest Louise Marshal Hospital Foundation. “We are appreciative of the support of our community that helped to make this happen, and excited to see the improvements to local health care that this new facility allows for."