Plans for the New Markdale Hospital

Together we are expanding local health care services

The creation of a brand-new rural hospital is a rare event in Ontario. The new Markdale Hospital is the result of the enduring commitment and hard work of volunteers and donors, civic leaders, elected officials, hospital staff, doctors, GBHS leadership, the Foundation, and other advocated and activists who kept the vision moving forward.

The new hospital will feature more space, state-of-the-art design and equipment for a procedures room to provide as much care as possible in ways that allow people to return home without a hospital stay.

The space we are creating is designed to let us respond to both evolving and sudden needs of the community. The inpatient spaces the emergency room, the procedures space – all are being build so they can quickly adapt and respond to emergencies, disasters, outbreaks or even a pandemic.

The outcome will be dramatic – a new hospital that supports better care for everyone.

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How is the hospital being funded?

Our Campaign Team

Message from our Campaign Chair,
Harvey Fraser

“As a life-long resident of Grey County, I joined the Board of the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation because I felt it was time for me to give something back, to put my time and effort into the community. To me, one of the most honourable and meaningful places to invest one’s efforts is in health care which benefits everyone in the community...

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Who in the community is leading this campaign?
The fundraising campaign is run by the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation, which raises funds for health care in the area year in and year out. A group of volunteers has gathered to lead the campaign and seek support.

What is the goal of the campaign?
Our goal is $5.7 million. The total financial commitment from the community to the project was set years ago with the province and confirmed several times since at $12.5 million.

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Who We are Together

The People of Grey County and beyond are creating the Future of Care

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Campaign News


Bank of Montreal



BMO Financial Group boosted the “Together In Care” campaign this week with a $100,000 donation to the new Markdale Hospital project.  BMO has been a loyal supporter of the Centre Grey Health Services Foundation for many years. 

“Hospitals provide critical care to our communities and BMO is proud to grow the good in Grey County with our donation to the new Markdale Hospital project,” said Cheri Knott Regional Vice President at BMO Financial Group. “This new state-of-the-art healthcare facility will create better access to care and improve health outcomes for many residents for years to come.”

This significant donation confirms BMO’s commitment to enriching the lives of everyone in this community.  


Ramoca Shriners Support the new Markdale Hospital

Together in Care, Ramoca Shriners support the new Markdale Hospital

 Since 1872, Shriners have understood where hope and healing meet, compassion and expertise can come together and change lives. Shriners Hospitals for Children has a reputation for finding answers and giving families hope, providing specialized care regardless of the families’ ability to pay or insurance status. While they support healthcare and research, primarily through their own unique health care system of 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children in Canada, U.S., and Mexico, your Ramoca Shrine Club, owing allegiance to Rameses Temple, is excited to support the critical new construction of the new Markdale Hospital!  Campaign Chair Harvey Fraser is grateful to have this prestigious group as partners in this important project.  


Beaver Valley Ski Club adds to their donation!


This year’s Banked Slalom event at the Beaver Valley Ski Club welcomed over 400 riders and guests to the club to help bring the season to an end and to help the fundraising initiative of the Together In Care Campaign for the new Markdale Hospital.

The Club was excited to present this $19,000 donation to the Centre Grey Health Service Foundation, in support of the new Markdale Hospital. The Banked Slalom event, including prior years, has now raised over $50,000 in total for the Markdale Hospital.

As a result, they will have a Hospital Emergency room named in memory of Club snowboarder Jackie Primeau Snarr.  Jackie has been the inspiration behind the Banked Slalom since its inception. 

“Huge thanks to the Beaver Valley Ski Club, the Banked Slalom Team and every sponsor and patron who came out for this event” stated Robert Bateman, Board member of Centre Grey Health Services Foundation.  “A community hospital is only possible with community support, and we are very grateful to the BVS for the support they continue to show to their hospital!” said Bateman. 

Several structural elements of the new hospital are now complete including the framework and the base of the roof. The project remains on target to be complete mid-2023.


Dr. Hamilton Hall and Dr. Susan Grant Hall and family

We have owned property near Markdale since 1981.  Both Susan and I had medical practices in Toronto so it wasn’t until 1993 that we were able to move to Glenelg.  From the start the Markdale Hospital was a big part of our lives.  Shortly after we settled in, our three-year-old son Toby fell and broke his leg necessitating our first visit.  Once the fracture was set and immobilized, Toby quickly discovered how to walk unaided.  His stomping around on his cast led to frequent return visits to the hospital for new rolls of plaster to repair the damage.  We got to know the place very well. 

A couple of years later my neighbor and I were splitting wood. He crushed his little finger and I took him to Markdale.  There was no surgeon available on site so rather than transport my neighbor to Owen Sound, I was given permission to use the Markdale operating room.  

A few months later I received a polite letter from the administration at Grey Bruce Health Services suggesting that, since I was making regular use of the hospital system, perhaps I would like to join the hospital staff.  I did.

Forward to 2002 when I was asked to chair the first fund raising campaign for a new hospital: “Just a few weekends of your time”.  Thanks to amazing community support we collected pledges for twelve million dollars, an amount far more than the government anticipated.  And then we waited.  For 15 years.

During that time the hospital remained a significant part of our lives.  I continued to see patients there, was sick enough to spend a week as an in-patient, two broken arms – I had to drop my motorcycle and Toby fell out of a tree –and I joined the new Capital Campaign.  The Hall family has been deeply involved with the Markdale hospital for decades and supporting this up-to-date facility is one of our best decisions.


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