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Groves Memorial Community Hospital

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. 


  • 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.

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

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