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About Us

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The Wellington Health Care Alliance 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. Our vision is: Your Health Matters. Our mission is: Together, advancing exceptional care and wellness. Our values:  We are compassionate, respectful, innovative, professional and collaborative.


Patient Declaration of Values

Patient Declaration of Values for Waterloo Wellington:

As a patient of the hospital, I believe I have the right to the best care the organization can deliver.

As a patient or client, I value that….

  • I am provided with high quality care and services that focus on my whole being – mind, body and spirit.
  • My family and I are treated with respect, compassion and understanding of our unique needs.
  • I am an active partner in my health care and as such am given reliable and current information so I can make informed decisions.
  • I can express my appreciation or concerns about my health care experience knowing my health care provider are actively listening.


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.


Mission, Vision, Values

Our vision: Your Health Matters


Our mission: Together, advancing exceptional care and wellness


Our values:  We are compassionate, respectful, innovative, professional and collaborative

Organizational Chart

To access our organizational chart please click here.

Senior Management Team

Stephen Street
President and CEO

Stephanie Pearsall
VP Patient Services/Chief Nursing Executive

Dan Coghlan
VP Corporate/Planning and CFO
Dr. Rick Gergovich
Chief of Staff

2018-2021 Strategic Plan

Thank you to all staff, physicians and volunteers who participated in the engagement sessions to help develop the Wellington Health Care Alliance Strategic Plan 2018-2021. I am pleased to share the attached plan with you, which has been approved by our Boards.
The Strategic Plan explains what we are going to focus on over the next three years in order to realize our Mission, Vision and Values:
Vision:                  Your Health Matters
Mission:               Together, advancing exceptional care and wellness
Values:                 We are compassionate, respectful, innovative, professional and collaborative
The Strategic Directions that are included in the plan will help us to focus on what is most important:
  • Best possible care and experience, informed by our patients
  • Inspired people – feeling valued, performing their best
  • Optimize system resources to deliver seamless care
  • Accountable organizations, meeting community needs, through a strong Alliance
The plan includes many of our key goals that will be reviewed each year as we make progress in achievement of our four key strategic directions. 

Groves Memorial Community Hospital

  • Our Location

  • 235 Union Street East, Fergus, ON N1M 1W3
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  • Phone: (519) 843-2010


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