Welcome to the Dryden Regional Health Centre

Since its incorporation in 1952, the Dryden Regional Health Centre (DRHC) has provided professional, compassionate, safe and high quality patient health care to the community of Dryden and surrounding area.
The Dryden Regional Health Centre is a vertically integrated small, rural and northern health service organization located in Northwestern Ontario and part of the North West Local Health Integration Network (LHIN 14). Our service area includes all residents within Dryden and the surrounding area, including the Townships of Machin and Ignace as well as the First Nation communities of Migisi Sahgaigan First Nation (Eagle Lake), Wabigoon Lake Ojibway First Nation and Wabauskang First Nation.

The Dryden Regional Health Centre currently holds an exemplary accreditation status since 2011. The organization delivers a broad scope of services including acute, chronic, rehabilitation, primary care and mental health and addictions services. We support the work of more than 375 staff, physicians, and volunteers with an annual operating budget over $33 million. The DRHC is a progressive and visionary organization that has had great success in implementing innovative programs and services to bring quality care closer to home for its service area.

As an acute care health centre, the DRHC provides a full range of inpatient services including medical, surgical, obstetrical, chronic, rehabilitative and palliative care. Ambulatory services include emergency, surgical day care, specialty clinics, and oncology services. The DRHC has two general surgeons who perform endoscopy and general surgical services. They are part of a Regional Surgical Network in Kenora-Rainy River District. The surgical program is supported by two GP/Anaesthetists. Obstetrical services are provided by two GP/Obstetricians and two family physicians.

The DRHC supports a busy visiting specialist program for orthopaedic, rheumatology, plastic surgery, endoscopy, paediatrics, otolaryngology and obstetrical gynaecology services. Many of these specialties also provide elective surgical procedures, minimizing the need for patient travel and bringing specialty care closer to home. These services are complemented and supplemented by a comprehensive telemedicine network. Diagnostic services include a CT Scan, x-ray, ultrasound, and fully accredited, ISO certified laboratory services.

The Health Centre provides inpatient, ambulatory and home and community rehabilitative services supported by an excellent team of rehabilitation professionals.

The DRHC provides governance and management for the Dryden Area Family Health Team supporting primary care for some 13,000 people. Services are delivered by a multidisciplinary team of family physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and allied health personnel.

The DRHC also delivers a wide range of mental health and addictions services including: counselling, case management, crisis response and residential non-medical withdrawal and alcohol treatment.

Dryden Regional Health Centre values the feedback and suggestions of its patients, their family members, and caregivers.  As such the organization is collaborating with our patients on a Patient and Family Advisory Committee to include the voice of patients and their families and /or caregivers in programs, services, and plans for the future in order to enhance the patient experience.

Note: The DRHC is under construction and a new website with enhanced accessibility features and dynamic content is just around the corner; bear with us as we strive towards a better online platform for everyone to use and enjoy. We’ll be ready to share the new page early this fall; until then you can browse as per usual. Thanks!

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Please Note: The DRHC facilities and grounds are 100% smoke free as of January 4, 2017.

Click on the video below as we say farewell to our third year NOSM students Virginia, Lauren and Krista. They’ve made the DRHC home for the past 8 months and they are moving on to the next phase of their medical training. These are three bright young minds going places and we knew them when; all the best ladies!