History and Profile

The Renfrew Victoria Hospital first opened in 1897 with 12 beds for contagious disease. By 1912 the bed capacity rose to 30 and Renfrew Victoria Hospital became a Public General Hospital.

A tragic fire in January 1926 destroyed the original building and a new hospital with a 50 bed capacity was completed later that year.

The Hospital was originally governed by a Committee from Town Council and in 1922 under a special act of the Ontario Legislature with ownership vested in the Town of Renfrew.

The Hospital continued under Municipal ownership until 1961 when, again by special act of parliament, ownership was transferred from the Civic authorities to an independent corporation known as the Board of Governors and composed of representatives from the Town of Renfrew and surrounding Townships.

In October 1963, a major building and renovation program was completed which saw the Hospital grow to 101 active treatment beds. A Rehabilitation Centre with 35 beds located on the former Barnet property on Raglan Street South opened in 1952 as a convalescent rehabilitation unit. This centre was closed out of service in 1976.

In November 1978 another renovation project took place and was completed in April 1980.

In 1994 a new Dialysis Unit serving Renfrew County was completed accommodating the needs of 48 patients. This Unit was again expanded in 1999 with an addition to the Hospital.

On November 30, 2001, RVH opened a new Emergency /Ambulatory Care wing adding 13,000 square feet to the existing hospital.

In March 2015, RVH completed a 23,000 square foot Nephrology Centre.  For the first time since the program began in 1993, every aspect of patient's care for kidneys - education, clinics, treatment - is consolidated in the same area of the hospital.

School of Nursing
The Victoria Hospital School of Nursing was opened in 1902 with a capacity of 30 students, graduating 10 students per year. As nursing education moved under the jurisdiction of community colleges the school was subsequently closed in 1965.

General Facts:

Four year exemplary accreditation by the Accreditation Canada

Bargaining Units
Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1548
Ontario Nurses Association Local 108

450 staff

Operating Budget
2019/2020 - $42,000,000

Size of Building
107,204 square feet

Services Offered

24 hours Emergency Service

Complex Continuing Care
Special Care Unit

Medical Imaging (includes CT, radiology, mammography, bone density, ultrasound)

Speech Therapy
Respiratory Therapy

Ambulatory Blood Pressure
Bone Density
CHF Clinic, Ottawa Heart Institute
Day Care Surgery
Diabetes Education
Geriatric Day Hospital
Holter Monitor Recording
Internal Medicine/Cardiology
IntraOccular Lens Measurement
Oncology Clinic
Ontario Breast Screening Program
Otolaryngology Clinic
Orthopaedic Clinic
Ophthalmology Clinic
Mammography Clinic
Neurology Clinic
Pacemaker Clinic
Pediatric Clinic
Physical Medicine and Electromyography
Sleep Lab
Wound Care Clinic

Out-Reach Programs
Assisted Living Program
Addiction Treatment Services

Palliative Care
Diabetic Counseling

Teaching Participation
Health Care Aide Program
Algonquin College 1st, 2nd and 3rd Year Nursing Students
Student Co-Op Program
Cambrian College, Diagnostic Imaging Program

Community Related
Meals-on-Wheels Program


We are committed to providing a safe, secure and respectful environment for our patients, staff and visitors
and will not tolerate any form of violent, abusive or aggressive behaviour.