Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital in Castor provides a full range of health services to the progressive rural community in east-central Alberta, and works closely with neighbouring communities of Coronation and Consort.
Programs & Services
Acute care services
Family medicine centre
Foot care services
Rehabilitation services (inpatient and outpatient)
Respiratory therapy consultations (outpatient)
Patient & Visitor Information
Location: inside the front lobby
Location: east side of the hospital
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
General Visiting Hours
Hours: 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.
General visiting hours are unrestricted; however, visitors are encouraged to arrive after 11 a.m. and to depart at 9 p.m. to allow for patient care. We ask that children be accompanied and under the constant supervision by an adult.
Family Contact with Units
To limit interruptions to patient care, please designate one family member as a main family contact.
Cleaning Your Hands
For the safety of our patients, we encourage you to clean your hands when you arrive at Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital. See A Guide to Clean Hands for information on protecting yourself and your loved ones.
Our Lady of the Rosary Hospital first opened in 1911 and has served as a landmark in Castor ever since.
The hospital was built shortly after the Town of Castor was incorporated in 1910. The Town council had offered incentives to the Daughters of Wisdom, convincing them to open a local hospital. Six Sisters arrived to serve the community and the original hospital opened on October 29, 1911.
In 1920 the west wing was added, allowing space for a chapel and the sisters to relocate from their previous quarters in the basement to the new wing of the facility. A decade later, the original building was extended to the south and could accommodate the elevator that continues to operate to this day. Prior to its installation, the Sisters had to carry patients by stretcher to the upper floors.
A modern acute care wing was added in 1962, and a long-term care unit was added in 1994. A courtyard now sits between the three sections of the hospital.
Over the years, the number of Sisters serving the hospital has gradually declined. The Catholic Health Care Association took ownership of the hospital in 2003, and it is now directed by Covenant Health. Today, the century-old hospital has been designated as a provincial historic resource and continues to be a shining example of the Catholic health care heritage in Alberta.