St. Mary's Health Care Centre

Covenant Health


Resident & Family Handbook (PDF)
St. Mary's Health Care Centre Legacy Story (PDF)

Facility overview

Contact information
St. Mary’s Health Care Centre
451 Dechauney Ave
Trochu AB   T0M 2C0

Phone: 403.442.3955

Click here to view a map and get driving directions 


St. Mary’s Health Care Centre provides health services to Trochu and surrounding rural communities, following a deep-rooted tradition of healing the body, enriching the mind and nurturing the soul.

Programs & services


Long-term care

Spiritual care

Meals on Wheels
Phone:  403.442.4001
Price:  $6.50/ meal
A hot meal delivered right to your door by our awesome volunteers. 
Delivery available Mon - Fri excluding statutory holidays.

Resident & visitor information


Phone: 403.442.3955 ext. 7403
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Site Administrator & Volunteer Services Coordinator

Thomas Metlin
Phone:  403.442.3955 ext. 4000

Resident Care Manager

Resident Care Manager (Lodge & LTC)
Wintana Gebremariam
Phone:  403.442.3955 ext 4008

Dining room

The dining room, located in the hospital basement, is for staff. However, families of residents can purchase meals with 48 hours' advance notice. Speak with staff for more information on this service.


Our chapel is located on the west side of the main floor. There is an interdenominational service on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. and mass on Thursdays at 10 a.m.

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.


Free visitor parking is available, including accessible parking stalls, on the north side of the facility.

Parking map

2021/22 Overview

Staff                                                                    76

Volunteers                                                        23

Long-term care beds                                     28

Supportive living beds                                   28

Our founders

On July 28, 1909, eight Sisters left France on a Mission to a small country town (later known as Trochu) in central Alberta. Under the direction of Sister Marie-Louise Recton, Superior, a hospital was immediately constructed from a simple granary.

A year later, St. Anne’s ranch gave ten acres of land to the Sisters and they began constructing a new building. Father Lemius, visiting from France, blessed the building, stating “you are placing the Sacred Heart in the foundation of the building as He will take care of sustaining and developing the spiritual edifice.”

After a year of construction, a three-storey facility with water, steam heating and electricity was ready to receive patients.

In 1930, Sister Marie-Louise Recton passed away, and private cemetery for her was created behind the hospital. The cemetery is still there today, serving as a reminder of the sacrifices the Sisters made to make St. Mary’s Health Care Centre what it is today.

St. Mary’s Health Care Centre has transformed over the years to accommodate the growing community. The current building opened in 1977 and the adjacent lodge opened in 1985. Mother Marie-Louise Recton would be proud to see her “little mission in the Coulee” grow into the amazing health care centre that it is today.

“We look on the past with thankful hearts, we live from day to day in the present with faith, and we plan for the future with hope and trust in God.” - Sister Cecile Goyer SCE


Work with us


Send your feedback