St Joseph's Home

Covenant Health


St. Joseph's Home Patient & Family Handbook (PDF)
St. Joseph's Home Legacy Story (PDF)
St. Joseph's Home Fact Sheet - 2020/21

Facility Overview

Contact Information
St. Joseph's Home
156 3 St NE
Medicine Hat AB   T1A 5M1

Phone: 403.526.3818
Fax: 403.528.8942

Click here to view a map and get driving directions

St. Joseph’s Home was opened by the Carmelite Sisters of the Divine Heart of Jesus in 1951 and has been providing a safe, secure assisted living program in the Medicine Hat community ever since. St. Joseph’s Home became part of the Covenant Health family in April 2011. Carmel Hospice is located in St. Joseph’s and provides compassionate end-of-life care for those in need.

COVID-19 outbreak status

The Chief Medical Officer of Health has indicated that continuing care sites must update residents and families of their site’s outbreak status. 


St. Joseph's Home has no outbreaks at this time.

Site outbreak definitions

An outbreak is defined as:

  • When a site/unit has two or more residents or staff who meet the new case definition. In the case of an outbreak, CDC will investigate further and, if criteria are met, an outbreak will be declared.

For information related to COVID-19, we encourage you to visit Alberta Health Services’ website.

If you have any questions about your site, please contact us directly. Contact information is on the left.

Resident & visitor information

Visiting hours are between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. We ask that guests and visitors sign in and out at the main elevator on the main floor.

The building is locked after 6:00 p.m., but you can request access by ringing the bell at the ramp entrance at the back of the building.

Family members and visitors are welcome at St. Joseph’s Home. We believe visits by family and friends contribute greatly to the comfort and well-being of our patients and residents. At times, restrictions on those hours may be suggested to ensure the best patient care.

We ask that children be accompanied and under constant supervision of an adult.

Site Administrator

Ryan Wiest

Clinical Unit Manager

Dawn Verge

Stop the spread of germs

  • For the safety of our residents, we encourage you to clean your hands when you visit. See A Guide to Clean Hands for information on protecting yourself and your loved ones.
  • If you’re sick, it's best to wait and visit your loved one when you’re feeling better. If you must visit and you’re coughing or sneezing, consider wearing a mask to protect your loved one.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, and then discard the tissue. If you don’t have a tissue, sneeze or cough into your upper sleeve or elbow.
  • Clean your hands frequently with soap and water or hand sanitizer, especially after coughing or sneezing.

Update to Designated Family/Support Person and Visitor Access

Covenant Health acknowledges the social nature of care and the role of family as an integral dimension of the patient and resident experience. Therefore, at Covenant Health there is a presumption in favour of family presence as the standard of care.

Exceptions are necessary when patient, resident and staff safety, quality, privacy and other factors determine limitations.

Refer to the Designated Family/Support Person and Visitor Policy for more information about access and visitation.

Carmel Hospice at St. Joseph's Home

Carmel Hospice is in our community in part due to the tireless efforts of volunteers of the Medicine Hat Regional Hospice Palliative Care Society and its board of directors. For nearly 30 years this group worked to foster awareness and improve hospice and palliative care supports in the Medicine Hat community.

The Medicine Hat Regional Hospice Palliative Care Society originated with the Medicine Hat Regional Palliative Care Society. This founding organization was formed in 1987 to link the palliative care health professionals in Palliser Health Region hospitals located in Medicine Hat, Brooks, Bow Island and Oyen. The organization was a member of the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Society and its members envisioned creating a hospice facility in Medicine Hat. Historically, the organization raised community funds to provide the “extras” needed to convert sterile hospital wards into home-like, peaceful settings for palliative patients and their families. It was for this reason they applied for, and was granted, charitable status by Revenue Canada.

In December 2007 a small group of Medicine Hat residents and some of the same health professionals from the Palliative Care Society shared their hopes for creating a local hospice. This small group proposed their ideas to the Palliser Health Region Board and gained its agreement support a steering committee lobby for a local hospice facility. In 2008 the steering committee held an organizational meeting, elected an executive and formed a Hospice Committee. This Committee began discussions with the Medicine Hat Regional Palliative Care Society to meld the original society into the current Medicine Hat Regional Hospice Palliative Care Society.

It was a timely transformation as Alberta Health Services was reconfiguring palliative care. The Palliser Health Region was dissolved and the original organization, based largely on health workers’ membership and involvement, was under organizational stress. The union of the two organizations meant charitable society status could be maintained by an emerging joint Society. It also meant the support of hospital and home care palliative services could be extended to support the newly established Carmel Hospice located at St. Joseph’s Home in Medicine Hat.

The work and purpose of the pioneer society continues today in the annual Trees of Light Campaign. This fundraiser creates opportunities for family and friends to honour the memory of loved ones. The mission of the original society lives on as the mission statement of the Medicine Hat Regional Hospice Palliative Care Society. In the spring of 2015, the Society officially discontinued its charitable status and ended its long-standing service to the community.

The original spirit of this organization endures in the passionate dedication of the many Society’s members who have since joined the Covenant Health Community Board.
For more information on how to donate, please contact Catrin Roessler.


Free visitor parking is available, including accessible parking stalls, in the parking lot behind St. Joseph’s Home and around the perimeter of the building, including 3rd Street. Please be aware of restricted areas of parking and designated resident parking spots.

Parking map

Trees of Light Campaign 2016


Lights on the fir trees at Carmel Hospice (St. Joseph’s Home) will be lit this year to commemorate donations made in memory of loved ones.

The focus of the 2016 campaign is raising funds to support our palliative care in-home bed rental program and Carmel Hospice. Since its inception, the Medicine Hat Regional Hospice Palliative Care Society has provided more than $90,000 to the Hospice through community fundraising and the Trees of Light campaign.

Upon making a donation of $10 or more, a light will be lit and your message of love and hope will be illuminated. The lights are intended to commemorate a loved one.

Donate in Person

You can support this important campaign in person at:

Medicine Hat Regional Hospital
Princess Auto
Redcliff Home Hardware
Carmel Hospice (156 3rd Street N.E, Medicine Hat)

Donate by Mail

Prefer to mail your donation? Please send it to the address below and we will issue you a tax-deductible receipt.

Covenant Foundation (St. Joseph's Home)
11111 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta
T5K 0L4

2020/21 Overview

Staff                                                                 72

Volunteers                                                      20

Long-term care beds                                   10

Palliative care beds                                       10

Supportive living beds                                 36

Our founders

St. Joseph's Home in Medicine Hat, Alberta, was established on, April 11, 1951. Initially started at the request of Bishop Francis P. Carroll of Calgary, the Carmelite Sisters arrived with the goal of providing a comfortable home for seniors in the area.

The property was initially purchased for the Sisters by Msgr. McCoy, Pastor of St. Patrick's Parish. The Carmelite Sisters worked tirelessly to receive visitors who eventually arrived May 31, 1951.
Space in the facility filled quickly, forcing the Sisters to move to the attic and basement to create more space for residents. Soon it became clear that a new building was necessary. With funds raised by a committee, construction on a new building began and was completed in 1956.

By 1985 it became clear that St. Joseph’s Home needed a new building. Again a building committee came together and was chaired by his Excellency Bishop Paul O'Byrne. Donations were collected from a variety of different sources, including the Knights of Columbus, St. Joseph's Ladies Auxiliary and from a benefit hockey game played by the famous Flying Fathers.

The building saw another addition in 1987 when a new wing featuring a new convent was built, again with the support of generous donors and fundraising. One of the most recognizable donations to the new facility was the three beautiful stained glass windows for the renovated chapel.

For over 60 years the Sisters have a provided a safe, secure, assisted living program for the elderly in the Medicine Hat area. In 2011 St. Joseph's Home became part of Covenant Health. The Carmelite Sisters realized that it was time to pass the torch to an established Catholic organization so that the tradition of love and care they started would continue. Covenant Health is also committed to maintaining the Station of the Cross park adjacent to St. Joseph's Home, which is a unique feature of the facility.


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