Sault Area Hospital (SAH) has a long and storied history in Sault Ste. Marie and remains an important cornerstone in the community.
SAH began as two community hospitals on Queen Street – the Sault Ste. Marie General Hospital Inc. (Catholic) and the Plummer Memorial Public Hospital (public), forming a partnership in 1993. Sault Area Hospitals was selected as the partnership name in 1996 and then in 2001, the provincial government announced support for a new hospital in the north end of the City and the formation of a single hospital corporation – Sault Area Hospital.
In 2002, SAH held its inaugural meeting of a single corporation. From 2002 to 2007, planning was underway to build a new facility. The new SAH was the largest public construction project in the history of Sault Ste. Marie. In August 2007, SAH signed a contract with the consortium Hospital Infrastructure Partners (HIP) to build, finance and maintain the new facility.
An official groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 23, 2007, and was well attended by hospital staff, physicians, volunteers, donors and political representatives including Premier Dalton McGuinty. Construction followed and the new building was delivered ahead of schedule and on budget.
What began as an ambitious vision for the community, culminated with the much-anticipated opening of our new state-of-the-art facility on March 6, 2011. The new SAH is located in the north end of the city on Great Northern Road at Third Line, adjacent to the F.J. Davey Home, replacing the existing two facilities on Queen Street and consolidating services in a facility that is now 20 percent larger than the two former hospitals combined.
After years of deliberation, planning, construction and hard work, SAH began a new chapter in-hospital care history in March 2011. The modern facility will serve Algoma District residents for generations to come and represents a shining example of what can be accomplished by working together toward the same goal – a better future for the people of Algoma.
The construction of the new hospital could not have been possible without the support of the provincial government, Infrastructure Ontario, the City of Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding Algoma municipalities, the North East Local Health Integration Network (NE LHIN) and generous donors who collectively contributed almost $60 million!
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