We say miigwetch to all Indigenous and Métis partners for sharing this land, and we recognize their enduring presence.
About Sault Area Hospital
Located at the hub of the Great Lakes in beautiful Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, across from our sister city of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Sault Area Hospital (SAH) is a vital cornerstone in our community with a long, storied and proud history.
SAH began as two community hospitals, both situated on the St. Mary’s River in downtown Sault Ste. Marie—the Sault Ste. Marie General Hospital (Catholic hospital founded by the Sisters of the Cross in 1898) and the Plummer Memorial Public Hospital (founded in 1919). In 1993, the two formed a partnership becoming Sault Area Hospital. Then, in March 2011, we opened a spectacular one-site, state-of-the-art hospital.
With a total annual budget of $225 million and operating up to 300 beds, SAH provides primary, secondary and select tertiary services to residents in Sault Ste. Marie and the District of Algoma. We provide core services in Emergency and Critical Care; Cardiac; Medicine; Surgery; Obstetrics, Maternity and Pediatrics; Mental Health and Addictions; Complex Continuing Care; and Rehabilitation.
Our regional programs include the Algoma Regional Renal Program (ARRP), which provides comprehensive renal services and is one of 26 regional renal programs across Ontario. The Algoma District Cancer Program (ADCP) offers comprehensive cancer treatment services to residents of the Algoma District. Additionally, SAH operates several programs and services in locations throughout the community.
SAH works collaboratively with our local educational institutions to provide a training site for nurses and many other allied health disciplines. We are also a training site for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), supporting the learning of our medical learners and residents.
Sault Ste. Marie is a growing hub for health research. There are approximately 30 studies being spearheaded by physicians at SAH. In addition, SAH has a thriving Clinical Trials Department that works out of our Algoma District Cancer Program. There are approximately 30 clinical trials active at any given time, giving patients access to novel treatments for their care.
We are incredibly proud of our approximately 1967 dedicated staff, 162 active physicians and 450 volunteers who provide exemplary service to a catchment population of approximately 114,000 in the Algoma District.
SAH is a proud member of the Algoma Ontario Health Team, supporting an integrated health system focused on the unique needs of Algoma residents.
Our Vision, Mission and Values
Trusted Partner. Outstanding Care.
Exceptional people working together to provide outstanding care in Algoma.
We say what we mean and we mean what we say.
We show concern and care for others.
Collaboration & Partnership
We promote teamwork.
We are answerable for our actions and decisions.
We care about the well-being, dignity and uniqueness of everyone.
We deliver our best every day and encourage innovation to continuously improve.
Patient’s Perspective 2018 - 2022
Developed in partnership with the Sault Area Hospital Patient and Family Advisor Council
Our vision is that the team at Sault Area Hospital (SAH) is highly skilled at what they do. They always acknowledge and greet us with a smile and ask, “How can I help?” They see and treat patients as people and not a diagnosis. In addition, they are passionate about caring for all people. They enjoy their roles, feel safe and supported and are proud to work at the hospital.
Health care in Algoma will look and feel like one system. When we visit different hospital departments or go from the hospital to home or elsewhere in the community, the transition is seamless and smooth. Providers have access to accurate and up-to-date information when and where they need it.
SAH works within available resources to provide top-notch care. We need to travel to other cities for care only when it is in our best interests. When possible, care is provided at home, virtually or in the community rather than in the hospital.
We can always get information, have our questions answered, and feel empowered to have a voice in our health care. The team at SAH considers and respects our wishes. We make decisions about treatment together, considering individual identity, beliefs, values, history, culture, and ability.
Finally, we are confident that SAH will apply lessons learned to improve healthcare services for patients and families, both under ordinary and exceptional circumstances.
*Us, We and Our: includes patients, clients, families, caregivers, people with lived and/or living experience, traditionally underrepresented voices, and/or other citizens and community members.
The Patient, Family and Caregiver Perspective was developed by Sault Area Hospital patient and family advisors to demonstrate what meeting our strategic goals would look like for community members accessing healthcare services.
Sault Area Hospital is committed to creating an environment that actively partners with Patients, Families and Caregivers across their journey with the healthcare system. Patient, family and caregiver engagement is defined as patients, families or their representatives, and health professionals working in active partnership at various levels across the healthcare system—individual care, organizational design and governance, and system-level policy-making—to improve health and health care.
We recognize that this commitment also needs to be demonstrated informally through daily interactions such as being greeted with a smile, open communication with your healthcare team and enhancing your active involvement in your health care. The Patient, Family and Caregiver Perspective is one way that we uphold that commitment to our community.