The Foundation of Guelph General Hospital was established in 1987 to help meet the patient care needs at Guelph General Hospital.
When the doors to Guelph General Hospital were opened on August 16, 1875, the hospital had 12 beds, a small infectious room and a dispensary. A superintendent and two nurses provided care, as well as working in the kitchen, housekeeping, switchboard and laundry.
Today, GGH is a dynamic, comprehensive acute care facility providing a full range of services to the 200,000 residents of Guelph and Wellington County. Services include 24-hour emergency coverage, advanced technology and diagnostic support, and specialty programs such as being the Regional provider for general vascular surgery and a designated Provincial Centre of Excellence for Bariatric Surgery.
Thanks to the continuing generosity of community donors, we’re already fortunate that we have one of the province’s best hospitals right here in Guelph. According to key national data, Guelph General Hospital is one of the safest hospitals in Canada and is recognized as one of the best-run hospitals in Ontario.
Since not all essential costs are covered by government funding, local community support is critical to the ongoing work of a hospital. All equipment used in the direct care of patients is funded by community donors.
Donors are an essential part of our Hospital’s healthcare team. They give our caregivers the tools they need to heal, comfort, and care for patients at Guelph General Hospital.
We are grateful to be situated in such a generous community. As our community grows, so too do the patient care needs at our Hospital as well as our appreciation for each and every gift we receive.
Saving lives and improving health, together with our community.
Every moment of every day, the generosity of caring community members like you is felt by patients, their families and hospital staff at Guelph General Hospital.
We are committed to the hospital’s mission “to provide the highest quality care and experience to patients and their families” for everyone who comes through our doors.
Here are just a few of their stories.
- At first, Angie thought that she’d just twisted her leg but, as her knee swelled to the size of a cantaloupe and the pain intensified, she realized that it was more serious and headed for Guelph General Hospital the next morning…
- Oscar and Axel are fraternal twins, growing fast and keeping their parents very busy. And even though they are busy, parents Ariana and Mike Christie are breathing easier now that the boys are home…
- A daughter shares thanks for the care her father received at GGH…
How your gift will be used
Donors help fund every piece of patient care equipment at our Hospital.
Patient care equipment is not covered by government funding within the province of Ontario. Equipment as essential as IV pumps, surgical scopes and diagnostic scanners are available at Guelph General Hospital only because of generous financial gifts from within the community.
Every year, the Foundation is grateful to be the beneficiary of charitable bequests that were years in the making, planned by visionary donors, who wanted the hospital to continue to have leading-edge equipment and technology right here in our community. As Guelph continues to grow and our hospital is faced with the challenge of meeting the demand on its services, charitable bequests are even more important to meet the future needs of Guelph General.