GERALDTON, Municipality of Greenstone, Ont. — Residents of Greenstone and area can use the Geraldton District Hospital's new emergency department as of Thursday.
That's when the $20 million facility begins accepting patients.
The 15,000 square-foot department took five years to complete from planning to the end of construction.
GDH says it was planned with the needs of staff, patients and families in mind.
Highlights include enhanced privacy and safety, two state-of-the-art chemotherapy rooms, and an airborne infection isolation room.
Hospital CEO Darryl Galusha said "Geography should never be a barrier to access to healthcare, and the new ED eliminates those disparities, ensuring residents can receive quality healthcare in a leading-edge facility right here at home."
Galusha called the opening the start of a new era for healthcare in Greenstone.
The project was funded 90 per cent by the Ontario government and 10 per cent by Geraldton District Hospital.