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.
Together, a healthier community for everyone.
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.
Here are just a few of their stories.
- When swelling began around her eye, Kate returned to the clinic and was promptly sent to Guelph General. She says she knew it was serious because she was whisked through triage and quickly set up with intravenous antibiotics.
- When Judy Paterson was diagnosed with terminal cancer in 2020, she was told she might only have a few of months left to live. Nearly three years later, the retired teacher is still going strong.
- Just a month ago, Auggie spent six days at Guelph General, where he was treated for severe respiratory distress. When his parents, Linzy and Rodrigo, retell the story, it’s clear that it was a scary and highly emotional experience for them all.