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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