A Proud Legacy
The Women's Christian Association, established in 1874 for "the distribution of charity, and the care of the poor and the sick," founded what was to become Parkwood Hospital 20 years later, in 1894. The Home for Incurables operated first on Hamilton Road, and later moved to Dundas Street and was renamed the Victoria Home for Incurables. In 1921, the home moved to the Grand Avenue location, and came to be known as Parkwood Hospital for Incurables in 1927.
A New Parkwood
The hospital moved to its current Westminster Campus site in 1985. It was built at a cost of $45 million. On July 7, 1989, the Western Counties Wing, linked to Parkwood by the Arthur J. Hobbins building, was officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Parkwood has grown to become one of the largest specialized chronic care hospitals in Ontario, serving London, Southwestern Ontario and th veterans of Canada through inpatient, outpatient and outreach programs.
Parkwood's forerunner, the Home for Incurables, was established by the Women's Christian Association.
Official opening of McCormick Home.
London's first Day Hospital officially opened at Parkwood.
Parkwood Hospital assumes responsibility for care of veterans.
Palliative Care Unit officially opens.
New Parkwood Hospital opened at present-day site.
Regional Rehabilitation Program begins.
Official opening of the new Western Counties Wing by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother.
Region's first Brain Injury Outreach Program begins and the Research Department is established.
Regional Geriatric Program opens.
Stroke and Musculoskeletal (hip fracture rehabilitation) Programs established.
Transfer of governance of Parkwood Hospital to St. Joseph's Health Care London.