Fonds F04 - Rimbey Hospital, Alta. fonds

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Rimbey Hospital, Alta. fonds

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  • Textual record

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  • Variations in title: Also known as St. Paul's Hospital.
  • Source of title proper: Title is based on the contents of the fonds.

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CA ON00279 F04

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  • 1926-1964 (Creation)
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    Rimbey Hospital, Alta.

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2 cm of textual records
7 photographs

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(1932-1949)

Administrative history

The hospital was called St. Paul's Hospital and was owned by the Archdiocese of Edmonton. The Order of Benedictines ran the hospital for the archdiocese until they had to return to the United States due to their declining numbers. Archbishop Henry Joseph O'Leary then asked the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Diocese of London to take over operations. Sisters Loretto Traynor, Liguori O'Dwyer and Lenora Doyle were the first Sisters from the congregation to work at the hospital. They were all trained nurses and were known for their success managing the day-to-day operations despite financial difficulties. This was because there was no financial support from the provincial government for private hospitals at this time. By 1945, the hospital had 30 beds.

In the 1940s, it became evident that a new and larger hospital was needed. A district vote was held to decide whether the new hospital should remain a Catholic hospital or become a municipal hospital. The vote was in favour of a municipal hospital. The Archdiocese felt this was for the best because they were having trouble financing the hospital without provincial support and thought it was in the best interests of the community to ensure quality of healthcare by relinquishing ownership. Upon the transition of ownership and the withdrawal of the Sisters, they were thanked by the community for the work they had done. The Sisters returned to Edmonton or to London and were reassigned to other positions.

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Scope and content

Fonds consists of histories written about the hospital, a newspaper, newspaper clippings, correspondence, a memorandum of agreement, financial papers, a staff list, an invitation, and a newsletter.

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Immediate source of acquisition

Records were transferred from the Sisters in Alberta to the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada Archives - London site.

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  • English

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Location of originals

The records are stored off-site in London, Ontario.

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F04-S002-01 Rimbey - St. Paul's is restricted to the public.

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There is a series and file list.

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The fonds is considered closed.

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Status

Final

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Partial

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

June 24, 2014
October 30, 2018

Language of description

  • English

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Sources

P. O'Halloran (ed.), The Bold Journey 1943-1993: An Alberta History of Catholic Health Care Facilities and of their Owners. Edmonton, 1993.

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