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Previously operated as a chronic care wing of the Georgetown Hospital and then as a retirement home, the Bennett Centre opened as a 65 bed long term care facility in 1999.  Its governing board is drawn from the community and runs the center independently of the hospital, from which it rents the space.

The Bennett is named for Ballinafad residents Stewart and Lettie Bennett, past owners of Scotsdale farm north of Georgetown on Trafalgar Road.

Stewart Bennett was President of Beardmore Tannery in Acton, Vice President of Canada Packers, and President of the Royal Winter Fair. Following a stroke in 1978, Stewart was impressed with the attention he received at Georgetown Hospital.  Lettie, who drove to his bedside daily for weeks, said she came to think of the hospital's wonderful staff as "family."  Shortly after the Bennetts died within weeks of each other in 1982, delighted hospital officials learned of their generous bequest of $1,335,000. Concerned that Seniors had to travel outside the community for long term care, funds from the bequest were designated to address their needs.

The Bennett Centre became independent of the hospital in 1998, but the tradition of family-like care continues.

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"When the centre expanded in 1998...we now had...a wonderful addition to health care in Georgetown."

Dr. Al Thompson