Kemptville District Hospital (KDH) is honored that the Municipality of North Grenville has proclaimed June, 2020 as “Kemptville District Hospital Month.”
June was chosen as KDH’s officially opened its doors 60 years ago on June 29, 1960. Over 2,000 people from all over the region lined up to tour what had been described in the Ottawa Citizen as “one of the best designed, most modern hospitals in Canada.”
The community was already very much invested in KDH, not only in terms of the financial donations that had made the construction possible, but also as a result of years of planning and advocacy by a determined group of local volunteers. “This district needs a hospital!” had been their rallying cry.
Over the decades, the hospital and the community have changed and grown side by side, through good times and bad. When the Great Ice Storm of 1998 hit Eastern Ontario, KDH, with its diesel generators working at full tilt for weeks, provided food, shelter, and a respite from the cold and freezing temperatures. Now, as the community grapples with the ongoing realities of the COVID-19 pandemic, KDH remains a haven of safety and security.
For the North Grenville community, having a hospital close to home is as
Important now as it’s ever been.