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About Hotel Dieu Shaver

Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre is a specialty healthcare facility that excels in providing rehabilitation, complex care and geriatric services to patients from the Niagara Region.


Who we Are!   Click for a snapshot of who we are! 

Patient Focused Approach = Person Centred Care

At Hotel Dieu Shaver, our person-centred care approach means clients are viewed holistically and compassionately. Person-centred care involves respecting human dignity through patient advocacy and empowerment, and respecting the patients’ autonomy, voice, self-determination, and participation in decision-making.


Our Legacy

Hotel Dieu Hospital began in 1944 when Senator J. Joseph Bench, a prominent St. Catharines Lawyer, Dean Michael Cullinane, pastor of St. Catherine of Alexandria Church, and Toronto's Archbishop James Cardinal McGuigan pursued the opportunity to establish a Catholic acute care hospital in St. Catharines in an effort to provide adequate health along with the already existing St. Catharines General Hospital. Due to its good reputation and excellent credentials, the Kingston based Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph (RHSJ) were invited to help plan and build the new hospital.

Mother Mary Immaculate, Sisters St. Catherine Brennan and Veronica Callahan from RHSJ arrived in 1945. Soon after, the RHSJ along with a group of dedicated citizens began to raise money for this exciting new project. While the hospital was being established, the sisters purchased a large home and began a 28 bed maternity hospital which would close once the acute care hospital opened.

On May 18, 1953, the cornerstone was laid and the hospital was dedicated as Hotel Dieu or translated as 'Hostel of God'.

Maternity Hospital

Throughout the years, the hospital expanded to provide necessary healthcare programs such as kidney dialysis centre, an eye clinic in 1974 and oncology clinic in 1985.

Our operating name changed in 2004 when Hotel Dieu Hospital took over the governance and management of the Shaver Hospital as a result of new directions for health care restructuring by the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.

The Niagara Peninsula Sanatorium was established in 1909 for tuberculosis and chest diseases.  In 1930, the hospital reopened as Shaver Hospital for chronic care, named after a dedicated physician Dr. Cecil Shaver.


In our new role of Rehabilitation, Complex Care and Geriatric Services, we are proud to continue the tradition of our founding sisters to provide compassionate care and to meet the unmet needs in our community which we are pleased to serve.

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Some of our Programs


From Our Executives

We welcome you to Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre. Our team is driven by a mission to restore health, rebuild life, and renew hope by providing extraordinary care to every patient that walks through our doors.

Jane Rufrano, CEO, Hotel Dieu Shaver, St. Catharines, Ontario

We cherish life, welcome the poor and marginalized as our peers, and witness Christ's love to all. As a Catholic Healthcare provider, we integrate our mission and values into everyday decision-making and begin our meetings with prayers for strength and guidance, and we face our daily challenges with attention to spirituality, as did our founding Sisters – The Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph.

We take pride in our dedicated and passionate staff, who take a person-centred care approach. Person-centred care involves respecting human dignity through patient advocacy and empowerment, and respecting the patients' autonomy, voice, self-determination, and participation in decision-making.

Dr. Jack Luce, Chief of Staff, Hotel Dieu Shaver, St. Catharines, OntarioRegardless of the reason you require care at Hotel Dieu Shaver Health and Rehabilitation Centre, our team is committed to helping you achieve your goals. We want you and your family to feel comfortable and to be actively involved in your care. The information on this website will familiarize you with hospital services and policies, and will answer many of the questions you may have during your hospital stay.

If you have questions that are not addressed here or in our Patient & Family Handbook, please do not hesitate to request assistance from any member of your health-care team.


Professional Resources

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Multilingual Services provided on request.


We wish you all the best in health and happiness.