Every Moment Counts

Every Moment Counts

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Congratulations to our wonderful community and support we reached our goal!

We’ve partnered with the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital to support a new Emergency Department. In a space built for ~12,000 patients in 1978, we currently serve over 24,000 people. Time is of the essence, often lives are at stake and every moment counts.

Through our ‘Every Moment Counts’ Campaign, you can help us open the door to the level of care our community needs.

A new Emergency Department will help us to maintain acceptable wait times, our patients will be triaged, diagnosed and either treated or transferred to partnering hospitals for higher levels of care. Our hospital’s vision is to provide the best care, to every person, every time, including the care we provide in our Emergency Department.

Upon arrival, patients will be admitted through one of two separate entries: the new enclosed ambulance bay or the walk-in entrance for those who arrive on their own. Separate entrances create a private, more streamlined and safer admittance process for patients and staff.

Patients will immediately access the enhanced triage area where staff will efficiently determine the necessary level of care. Patients will then be moved easily through the department to appropriate areas including a new isolation area if required. The nurses station will be centralized to provide for better flow of care.

Properly addressed patient needs enhance the safety and benefit everyone: patients, families, and staff. A dedicated decontamination area, dedicated isolation room, additional patient washrooms and hand washing stations will provide better infection-control within the department.

The new facility will host 12 new treatment spaces built to contemporary standards. The treatment areas will be designed so they can be used in many ways for a variety of purposes so that we can be more efficient. Each space will be equipped with essential equipment and supplies to care for our patients. Patient confidentiality will be enhanced as each area will be separated from the rest of the department.

The following map shows that a high density of Haldimand County residents receive care at our Emergency Department. In Ontario, we can choose to go to any hospital for service. Our short wait times and excellent care have increased demand from residents outside of Haldimand County, including Hamilton and Niagara regions.


are residents of Hamilton, Niagara and other areas


are residents of Dunnville


are residents of Haldimand County


I am very excited about our new Emergency Department project! Being well located between Hagersville, Cayuga, Wainfleet, Port Colborne and Welland; patients from all these communities visit our hospital on a regular basis. We as a community, are very privileged to offer and host the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital, Edgewater Gardens, Village by the Grand and our Primary Healthcare Centre to our community and surrounding areas.

I am asking all of you, please, when you are asked to give a financial pledge toward our new Emergency Department; please give generously. The new Emergency Department will serve all of us and our extended families very well.

All the very best,

Perry Barnhart
Campaign Chair

Some people say the Emergency Department is the true front door of a hospital. This year, over 24,000 patients, their families and caregivers, will come through our “front door”. They will arrive on stretchers, walking, being carried or in wheelchairs. They will travel from across town and Southern Ontario to get to us. Almost none of them want to be here, but they all come expecting one thing – to receive prompt, quality emergency medical care from compassionate and professional health care providers. Given the size and layout of our current department, that is getting more and more difficult for us to provide.

The current Emergency Department was built to take care of less than half of today’s volume of patients. No one ever envisioned that we would also be filling the rooms with computers, lifesaving equipment, and medical technology. Add to that our current challenges of infection control, mental health and addiction, and patient privacy, and it’s very clear why we need a new, modern space to do our jobs well and provide excellent patient care.

At the same time, we want and need more space to help train and recruit more medical and nursing students – Haldimand’s doctors and nurses of the future!

Any contribution that you can make towards our new Emergency Department project is greatly appreciated by myself, on behalf of the doctors, nurses, and staff who work here. Thank you!

Dr. Jeffrey Remington, MD, CCFP(EM), FCFP
Chief – Emergency Department, HWMH
Clinical Professor of Family Medicine,
DeGroote School of Medicine, McMaster University


There are many naming opportunities within the Emergency Department including the opportunity to name the building. An individual or organization can also choose to designate a naming opportunity in the name of a family member. Naming opportunities will be designed in such a way to commemorate a donor’s generosity in a consistent, appropriate and public manner. An example would be a leadership gift from John & Jane Smith to name the Ambulance Bay might be marked by signage describing “The John & Jane Smith Ambulance Bay“. The values assigned to each opportunity do not necessarily reflect the actual cost but rather a combination of size, location, exposure, functional importance, and desirability. All signage associated with naming opportunities will be consistent in look, design, and material and be balance in design with the Emergency Department’s facility design.

The most popular form of giving is either as an outright gift or a pledge payable over 3 years (or more as needed). Your pledge is payable annually or in another suitable frequency. Typically the first pledge payment is made in the first year in which the pledge is signed. We are open to other arrangements to suit donors’ needs.

If you make gifts through a private Foundation or community fund, you may direct an amount to the Campaign.
Donating stocks, bonds, mutual funds or other securities is a tax-smart way to support the campaign while enhancing your gift. Donating securities directly to charities eliminates the payment of capital gains tax. By making such a gift you will receive the benefit of a tax receipt for the market value of the stock and not pay tax on any of the capital gain. When making such donations, it is best to give it directly to a charity rather than selling it first and giving the cash proceeds. A tax savings sample of a gift of $25,000 is illustrated below.


Families can choose to give together to our ‘Every Moment Counts’ Campaign. The benefits of giving together enable a family to involve many generations in experiencing giving to charity; grandchildren, children, parents and grandparents. Giving in this way can offer a family a new tradition of planning gifts for causes that are important for them. We know that inter-generational giving also creates an avenue of teaching the younger generation ways to give, such as through this campaign and also to volunteer for causes that need people’s support. Your combined gift as a family will also offer you a shared naming opportunity; should you wish that as a family.

We know that about every 20 minutes or more someone is in need of care in our Emergency Department. That could be you, a loved one, a neighbour, a friend…together we can give and raise the needed support required to build this very important part of our hospital care.

Together; with everyone giving and pledging, we know the financial needs of our hospital can be achieved. Please carefully consider how your participation will make a difference in ensuring the best care is provided in our community; exactly when you or your loved ones will need it. The chart below shows how your support, the support of others, companies and organizations will be important for achieving our campaign goal of $3 million. Thank you for your consideration of support.


The new Emergency Department will provide a total of 7,145 square feet of care to the people we serve in our hospital. The projected cost to complete the new construction by December 2018 is $6.5 million.

This project is being funded through a number of sources including our ‘Every Moment Counts’ Campaign, previous fundraising events and activities of the Foundation, a grant from Haldimand County for $700,000, a commitment from the Volunteer Association for furnishings, as well as resources from hospital reserves.



Track the Emergency Department construction progress from the sky and stay tuned for a new episode every two weeks.

Episode 01: January 26, 2018
Episode 02: February 9, 2018
Episode 03: February 23, 2018
Episode 04: March 9, 2018
Episode 05: March 24, 2018 – Beam Signing Special Edition –
Episode 06: April 6, 2018
Episode 07: April 20, 2018
Episode 08: May 4, 2018
Episode 09: May 18, 2018
Episode 10: June 1, 2018
Episode 11: June 15, 2018


JUNE 26, 2017
Over 200 members of our community and beyond gathered at the Haldimand War Memorial Hospital to celebrate the Ground-Breaking milestone. Demolition of the former Laboratory wing of the hospital began in September 2017, in preparation for the construction of the new Emergency Department. Construction is well underway and expected to be complete in 2018.