We’ve come a long way. For more than a century, Bluewater Health and its predecessor hospitals have been caring for the residents of Sarnia-Lambton. Our organization brings together the excellence of three hospital facilities that have long, proud traditions in our community.
Sarnia General Hospital
A committee was appointed at a public meeting in the town hall to sell subscriptions to raise money for Sarnia’s first hospital.
Sarnia General Hospital was officially opened by Ontario’s Lieutenant Governor. With a 40-bed capacity, it opened with just 26 due to a shortage of money. There were 7 employees: a superintendent, head nurse, 2 nurses in training, janitor and cook.
As demand grew, an additional wing was built. The third floor became home to the community’s first psychiatric unit. The hospital’s capacity rose to 332 beds, plus 33 bassinets. The wing was designed to hold 4 more floors; a 500-bed hospital was foreseen.
Service restructuring in Sarnia began, as Sarnia General Hospital took sole responsibility for pediatric services while St. Joseph’s Health Centre became responsible for Obstetrics.
Sarnia General Hospital became home to the community’s Chemotherapy Clinic in collaboration with the London Regional Cancer Centre.
The first Sarnia-based CT scanner was purchased.
A Mammography Unit was opened in memory of breast cancer victim Pam Kohlmeier, whose family helped make the unit possible, along with $4 million raised through the “Growing Expectations” fundraising campaign.
St. Joseph’s Health Centre joined in partnership with Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital and Sarnia General Hospital, signified by the signing of the Strategic Alliance Agreement, and called themselves Lambton Hospitals Group.
In October, the Sarnia General Hospital Board of Directors unanimously passed a motion in support of one corporation to oversee the three hospitals in Sarnia-Lambton.
On April 1, Sarnia General Hospital, Charlotte Eleanor Englehart Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Health Centre amalgamated to form a new corporation to oversee the three hospital facilities in Sarnia-Lambton. On December 16, the corporation was instituted under a new name, called Bluewater Health. Sarnia General Hospital was called Bluewater Health – Mitton Site.