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St. Joseph's Hospital

Built in the 1890's, St. Joseph's Hospital in Peterborough was the second hospital to serve the region (the Peterborough Civic Hospital was the first). It opened as a 25 bed hospital under the operation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, who took to working 10 hours days without pay as a means to pay for the $20,000 building.

Location attributes for St. Joseph's Hospital
Location   Peterborough, Ontario
Built :: Closed   1890 :: 2008
Status   Abandoned
Difficulty   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Hazards Risk   ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆
Security Risk   ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
AUE Rating   ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

It didn't take long before the hospital needed to expand to serve the population - in 1908 the first of the expansions was completed, adding 12 additional beds to the hospital and also saw the arrival of the first elevator at the facility. Further demands on the facility led to additions in 1921, 1922, 1947, 1950, and 1963, bringing the total capacity to 224 beds. The last of the additions, the western D-Wing, featured several operating rooms on the top floor, which still contain the intact overhead surgical lights.

The mid 1970's and 1980's saw changes to both St. Joseph's and the Civic Hospital in the form of service distribution... obstetrical, pediatric, and emergency services were withdrawn from St. Joseph's and moved to the Civc Hospital, while St. Joseph's became the sole provider of orthopedic, rheumatic, and ophthamolic services.

The Sisters of St. Joseph retained ownership of St. Joseph's until 1998, when the province took control of the hospital along with the Civic Hospital and merged them into the new Peterborough Regional Health Centre under the recommendation of the Health Services Restructuring Commission. This remained the setup until 2008, when the new Peterborough Regional Health Centre was completed, and St. Joseph's was no longer necessary. It closed its doors in June of that year for the last time.

The hospital was sold to TVM Group in 2009, and has since sat with very little work done to it. The Complementary Care building, located on the northern edge of the property and connected to the rest of the hospital via a half subterranian tunnel, has been thoroughly gutted by TVM, but the remainder of the hospital stands as it was, save for some demolition work on the 4th floor of the D-Wing. The door in the tunnel to the Care building had been forcibly removed sometime prior to my visit... and who knows how long it is expected to remain that way as it appears very few explorers have made it in there due to this door.

The only signs of life in the building were discarded tools and Tim Horton's coffee cups, save for one locked room with an active heater on the 2nd floor of the A-Wing. It was empty during my visit, but it served as a reminder that I was not the only user of the building after closure.

Immaculate Conception - February 2011 (Non-Public Content)
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