A Fundraising Milestone for Rotary Fergus Elora

When Abraham Groves began his medical practice in Fergus in 1871 the closest hospital was in Toronto,  there was not one trained nurse in Canada, and operations, such as they were, were generally  performed on the kitchen table. (1) 
Royal Alexandra Hospital was established by Dr. Groves n 1902 and it was donated to the Town of  Fergus in 1935. It continued to operate until 1955 when a new hospital was built and christened “Groves  Memorial Community Hospital”. 
Today what is often referred to as “New Groves” stands on a beautiful campus on the west edge of Fergus  having opened in August of 2020. 
The Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora, chartered in 1966, takes great pride in having been a major contributor  to this facility, and is recognized as a lead donor. The club has raised $500,000.00 over the past several  years designated for the hospital build. At a cost in excess of $140m this 42 bed, 152,000 sq ft facility  provides a tremendous service to Centre Wellington and the surrounding area. 

On October 11th, 2022 the 40-member club will have a celebration to commemorate this fundraising  milestone at the Fergus Legion culminating with a cheque presentation to the Groves Memorial Hospital  Foundation. Dr. Groves and the Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora both exhibiting “Service above Self” .

(1) Credit, All in the Day’s Work, Abraham Groves, 1934
Submitted by Jeff Ostic
Rotary Club of Fergus Elora