Grand River Hospital

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Grand River Hospital
KW Health Centre of the Grand River Hospital
Location Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Coordinates 43°27′23″N 80°30′44″W / 43.4564°N 80.5122°W / 43.4564; -80.5122Coordinates: 43°27′23″N 80°30′44″W / 43.4564°N 80.5122°W / 43.4564; -80.5122
Care system Public Medicare (Canada)
Hospital type General (KW), Chronic Care (Freeport)
Affiliated university Conestoga College, Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University
Emergency department Yes
Beds 567 [1] Revenue - CAD $ 20 Billion
Helipad TC LID: CNK9
Founded 1995 merger of K-W Hospital and Freeport Health Centre
Lists Hospitals in Canada

Grand River Hospital is a 567[2] bed hospital serving Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada and surrounding communities, primarily through its KW and Freeport Sites,[3] both located in Kitchener. The two sites were independent hospitals that merged to form Grand River Hospital in April 1995.

The hospital has 15 specialized programs and services: surgery, children's program, childbirth, medical imaging, mental health and addictions, medicine, stroke, complex continuing care, rehabilitation, cancer, critical care, renal, emergency, pharmacy and lab. The hospital also provides renal dialysis and cancer satellite programs in Guelph, Palmerston, Fergus and Mt Forest Centre[4] in Guelph, along with the Hazelglen Outreach Mental Health service [5] in Kitchener.


KW Site[edit]

The KW Site of Grand River Hospital used to be known as the K-W Health Centre and the Berlin-Waterloo Hospital. It is located on King Street West, near the Kitchener-Waterloo border. It was founded in 1895 on land donated by entrepreneur Joseph E. Seagram. The Grand River Regional Cancer Centre opened at this site in 2003.

Freeport Site[edit]

The Freeport Site of Grand River Hospital used to be known as the Freeport Sanitorium. It is located on King Street East on the shore of the Grand River. It was a tuberculosis sanatorium in the early 20th century, and in the late 1980s was transformed into a regional chronic care facility, as a new structure was built onto the previous one, expanding it. Complex continuing care, rehabilitation and the Waterloo-Wellington breast centre are located at this site. In November 2010, a new Specialized Mental Health program opened at Freeport, with all clinical practice based on the Recovery philosophy. This service is for patients living with severe and persistent mental illness, who would have previously been sent to London, Ontario.

The unique architecture of Freeport Centre is award winning, "its overall planning concept of simulating a village, complete with a courtyard cum town square, [distinguishes] it from many of its predecessors in long-term care architecture." [6] This has made it attractive as a filming location, as seen in two movies, Away from Her, directed by Sarah Polley, and Cold Creek Manor, directed by Mike Figgis.[7]