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|OSMH - A pre-construction view of the hospital.|
Here, OSMH is seen from it's "front" view on Dunlop Street - this is a pre-construction view of the hospital and it's main parking area. The main doors of the hospital are located in the lower central section accessible from this parking area. At the time this was taken, the emergency entrance would have been and the end of right hand wing of the hospital. The edge of the house visible in this view is part of the Diabetes Clinic.
|Night view of OSMH while undergoing construction of the Community Tower|
This newer part of the hospital "fronts" on Colborne Street and now (after completion) is the entrance to the emergency department, while the main entrance doors of the hospital are still in their original location. "Behind" the Community Tower and running along either side of Volunteer drive are parking areas and clinics.
The hospital itself has surgical services, day surgery services, internal medicine, rehab and physiotherapy centers, geriatric services, a maternity & gynecology department, a pediatrics department, several diagnostic and testing areas ... basically, it has almost everything that any large city hospital might have.
It also has one of the best NICUs (neo-natal care units) in all of Ontario, and gets transfers from hospitals throughout Ontario. Most recently, Orillia Soldier's Memorial has opened a brand new cancer clinic. For years they had a cancer area, but it was small and not very pleasant. A few years ago, it was decided to close this and transfer patient treatment to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Barrie, but the entire community was up in arms over this decision.
It made it much for difficult for patients to get to and from their treatments (it is quite difficult to be able to drive the 20 or more minutes back home after a treatment), and put help in short supply. If you had to rely on a program like the volunteer driver's, it was hard to get help.
|Construction of the Community Tower at OSMH|
In the end, we were very blessed to have a friend from church volunteer to take him to these weekly visits, but his treatment has gone on for 2 years. We did find help (in the form of my cousin, and our son-in-law) for those times when our church friend couldn't do it, but not everyone would be as lucky as we were.
Thankfully, with the new center finally open (too late for us), it will ease the burden for many people who need this service. Orillia doesn't just get local patients, so there are some north of us who would have had to travel even further to get to Barrie. When the new opening was announced, the community heaved a collective sigh of relief.
|Glass panels being installed at the front of the Tower at OSMH|
|Sunrise hits the new glass panels at OSMH|
|Completion of the Community Tower , which includes a sunroom section (visible) and an outdoor patio (on the other side of the tower) - Orillia Soldier's Memorial Hospital (c. 2010)|
The hospital expansion is completed here, and the curved front of the Community Tower is the new location of the hospital's emergency entrance (located at the corner of Colborne and Memorial Streets) and new emergency department. Under the glass canopy are doors for walk-ins, and to the left of them is the ambulance bay, which leads directly into the hospital.
|The Eleanor Johnston Wing - at one time used as a Nurse's Residence. This part of the Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital fronts on Mississaga Street West, and joins the central section of the hospital with the old emergency department.|
|The main entrance into Orillia Soldier's Memorial Hospital, off of Dunlop Street.|
|The new entrance to the Emergency Department - off Colborne Street|
|The ambulance bay next to the emergency entrance on Colborne Street|
|The Emergency Wing of Orillia Soldier's Memorial Hospital at the corner of Colborne Street and Memorial Ave.|
|A closer view of the outdoor patio at Soldier's Memorial Hospital. This is accessible from the long term care floor.|
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