39-2nd Street S.E.
Chesley, ON
N0G 1L0

T. 519-363-2340
F. 519-363-5798


Chesley and District Memorial Hospital originally opened in 1944 in the Elliot House, which had been purchased by the Chesley Kinsmen Club for $3,800 and donated to the Town. The Hospital was created to replace the Buckland Private Hospital, which had been forced to close in 1943 due to wartime shortage of professional and domestic staff. A provisional Hospital Board was organized by the Chesley Town Council in March, 1944. This Board engaged an architect to examine existing properties, which might be suitable for conversion to a hospital, and subsequently, the Board approved the architect's design for the necessary alterations to the Elliot House. In June, 1944, a public meeting resulted in the establishment of a Board of Governors; a charter was applied for and received in September, 1944. The Board, in December, 1944, instructed an architect to prepare plans for a 22-bed replacement facility, total cost being approximately $120,000. Construction began in April, 1948 and the first annual Board meeting convened in March, 1950. The Hospital continued to adapt to meet the needs of its community, but on April 15, 1976, the Hospital was officially closed by order of the government of the day which had embarked on a program of health care spending reductions and had identified several facilities for closure. Due to the public outcry in the affected communities, which had continued since the announced closures in November, 1975, the government reversed its stand on hospital closures throughout the Province of Ontario. In 1980, the Board of Governors commenced proceedings to replace the then existing facility and after obtaining approval from the Ministry of Health and extensive fundraising, the sod turning ceremony occurred on October 6, 1982 and the existing 19 bed (9 acute, 10 restorative) facility was officially opened October 12, 1983.


Chesley & District Health Services Foundation

PO Box 40,
39 2nd Street SE
Chesley, ON
N0G 1L0

T. 519-363-2340
F. 519-363-9871

Contact Person:

Ross Dudgeon, Chairperson

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