The Banff Mineral Springs Hospital provides quality, responsive medical services, including emergency, specialized orthopedic, plastic and podiatry surgery, continuing care and primary care to the local community and visitors from around the world.
Programs and Services
Patient & Visitor Information
In 1930, four Sisters of St. Martha traveled from Antigonish, Nova Scotia to purchase the Banff Hospital from the estate of Dr. Brett. In 1886, Dr. Brett along with the help of his sons and colleagues, started to deliver health services from a small cabin. Prior to this, health services were delivered from a CPR boxcar.
The Sisters of St. Martha were amazing women dedicated to delivering high-quality health care services to the community of Banff, the residents of the Bow Valley and tourists who visited Banff National Park. These women were entrepreneurs. In 1938, they signed a contract to provide physical therapy treatments as well as use of the hot mineral waters for Worker’s Compensation Board patients from various parts of the province. In doing so, the Sisters helped increase hospital revenue. The Sisters also established a School of Nursing and developed stringent standards of excellence for the care they provided.
The relationship between the people of the Banff community and the Sisters of St. Martha was one of respect and caring. The Sisters describe their relationship as a “covenant to work together for the health of the community.”
In October 2003 the Mineral Springs Hospital renamed the continuing care unit St. Martha’s Place in honour of the Sisters of St. Martha and their contributions to health care in Banff.
We are grateful to the Sisters of Saint Martha for their dedication of service and ministry to the sick and elderly. We applaud them for their establishment of clinical excellence and expertise and honour the opportunity to carry on not only the healing mission of Jesus, but also their entrepreneurial spirit. The standard of health care in Banff is what it is today because of the Sister’s influence – we cherish the memories they have given us.
Today, the hospital’s staff and community are committed to continuing the work of healing carried out by the Sisters for so many decades. Their legacy continues as we work to realize our vision of being a centre of excellence for specialty surgical and emergency care while meeting the healthcare needs of our local community and beyond.
Art For Life
Art For Life
The Art for Life show has been very successful and our hospital hallways are filled with beautiful works of art. We had a great turn out during the Wednesday evening reception with many Bow Valley residents viewing the lovely artwork and meeting the talented local artists who are partnering with us. Ten works of art have sold so far and will help to support the Music Therapy Program for our residents of St. Martha’s. There are still many pieces of artwork on display here at Mineral Springs Hospital and they will be available for purchase over the next three months. Every three months the art will be replaced with new pieces in order to give more artists the opportunity to participate.
Please take the time to come and see the amazing talent of our local artists on display. Perhaps you will find that elusive gift you have been hunting for.
If you are an artist interested in participating in the Art of Life program or if you have questions about the program please contact Leslie de Bie at 403-760-7249.
Currently Featured Artist: Jamieson Caskenette
A passion for spending time in beautiful places has led me to interpret the world I see as a landscape photographer. Having lived in Banff for the past 15 years, I wake up every day inspired by the national park I call home.
My intention is to create images that give the landscape a romantic quality. I’m inspired by the grandeur of the mountain landscape and feel it is best viewed large!