How a dream became a reality….
The residents of Dunnville wanted to commemorate the soldiers who had fought overseas in the First World War. William Fry, publisher of the Dunnville Chronicle, obtained property on John Street between Lock and Broad, formerly owned by the late Judge Swayze. Dunnville Mayor B. Edgscombe and businessman turned politician Frank R. Lalor were approached and Lalor used $5000 he had earned as a Member of Parliament to purchase the property.
On October 15, 1920 he turned the deed over to the Dunnville Women’s Patriotic Society. One stipulation was that the property was to be used as a public hospital to be called Haldimand War Memorial Hospital in memory of the brave soldiers who gave their lives in the war. A permanent board of governors was selected in order to take advantage of the experience and knowledge acquired from the hospital’s inception. The deed was given to the Dunnville Women’s Patriotic Society due to the fact that they were the only chartered philanthropic society in Haldimand and so were legally qualified to hold property.
The Hospital opened February 3, 1920 with 20 beds, a small nursery, a small operating room and a portable x-ray machine, usedonly for fractures. Today we have 12 Long Term Care beds, 22 Acute CareBeds (including a new Palliative Care Room), and 2 Respite Care Beds. Our surgical services have expanded to include General Surgery, a variety of Laparoscopic procedures, Endoscopy, minor Urology and ENT procedures and basic Orthopaedic surgery. Our Diagnostic Imaging department has replaced that single x-ray machine with many services, such as: General Radiology, Gastrointestinal x-rays, I.V.P.s (kidney x-rays), Ultrasound examinations, Mammograms and Needle Localization, Operating Room Radiology, Bone Density, Electrocardiograms and Holter Monitors. Visiting specialists also hold clinics to provide a complete range of care for our community.
From its inception, Haldimand War Memorial Hospital was started to serve its community by providing the best possible care for its residents. Through the years, and many changes later, we are proud to say that goal has remained the same.
We would like to acknowledge that our hospital and long-term care home are on the Haldimand Tract, the traditional territory of the Anishnaabeg, Haudenosauonee, and Neutral peoples.