History

IMAGE Hosptial 01On April 14, 1911, the original Penetanguishene hospital was founded. As the town grew, so did the hospital, and in 1957, the hospital moved to its new location.

Through the acquisition of the vacant General Hospital property Georgian Manor was first established in the town of Penetanguishene by the County of Simcoe. The County, in 1957, added a two level addition to the old hospital to accommodate 52 senior citizens. The first resident was admitted to the Manor on July 1, 1957.

IMAGE Hosptial 02It was soon realized that the demand for seniors' accommodation was greater than the supply. In 1961, the original hospital portion of the home was replaced by a new service component, kitchen, laundry, dining room, activity space, and a bedroom wing to accommodate an additional 45 seniors. Space was also provided for live-in accommodation for 5 staff persons. In 1971, a second addition was completed. This provided a large auditorium, chapel, library, games and craft room, as well as a "Senior Citizens Centre" for the use of Manor residents, together with local senior citizens organizations. Next, approval was received to convert the staff accommodation to residential accommodation for four. With this change, the Manor reached occupancy of 105.

In the late 1980's approval was given, with an extensive retrofit to add 2 more respite or short stay beds to increase the Manor's occupancy to 107. This most recent retrofit was officially completed in July, 1990. With it the main dining room was enlarged, a maintenance shop and expanded laundry facilities were added. A fifth floor was added providing staff facilities, storage and a link to Penetanguishene General Hospital. The link to PGH provides the residents with easy access to their laboratory and diagnostic services. In return, PGH was able to utilize the auditorium for larger meetings.

County owned Georgian Manor vacated the building with its rich history in 2013. Under new owners, Lakeridge Seniors Residents, embraces a facelift and a future serving the senior residents of the region.