St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre, a registered charitable institution, was founded by the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph and is sponsored by Catholic Health International. The Centre is composed of Complex Continuing Care and Long-Term Care.

For more than a century, the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph never failed to recognize the needs of the sick, the elderly and the very young. Their legacy of holistic and compassionate care is reflected in our Mission, Values and Vision Statements.  The institutions they founded in Cornwall will forever be a part of history:  Hotel Dieu Hospital, St. Paul’s Home, Nazareth Orphanage, St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, Macdonell Memorial Hospital, St. Joseph’s Villa, Marie de la Ferre Apartments, Janet Macdonell Pavilion, and the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph Health Centre of Cornwall.  By their example, we are committed to improve the quality of life of seniors and adults affected by loss of autonomy through injury or illness.


The generosity of our Sisters was manifest in their courageous decision to transfer the Hotel Dieu Hospital site to the Cornwall Community.  In July 2003, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care officially accepted the proposal of the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph that would result in a new community hospital on the McConnell Avenue site.  Since January 2004, the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph have continued to serve the Cornwall community by caring for the elderly and special needs residents at St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre.

The Centre has restructured services and built a modern facility to consolidate all Complex Continuing Care and Long-Term Care on one site.  This site is the very place where the first RHSJ Sisters who came to Cornwall started their ministry in health care by founding Hotel Dieu Hospital in the spring of 1897 in the former home of Sir John Sandfield Macdonald, called “Ivy Hall”.

Upon completion of Phase one of the construction, the residents were moved into the new Long-Term Care facility the first week of December 2007.   An official opening ceremony and blessing of the new St. Joseph’s Villa was held on Thursday, 07 February 2008.  Phase two of the construction project, Hotel Dieu Hospital, was completed in summer 2009, adding 59 Complex Continuing Care (CCC) beds.  The CCC residents moved in on 09 July 2009.  The Grand Opening of the completed facility was celebrated 16 September 2009.


St. Joseph’s Continuing Care Centre is proud to be accredited by CARF International.  Our Centre is a member of Catholic Health International, sponsors of hospitals and long-term care facilities in Ontario, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia, Canada; Illinois and Wisconsin, U.S.A.; and the Dominican Republic.

May the same spirit of love, concern and dedication that motivated the first Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph animate each member of our Centre as we meet the diverse needs of our residents, patients and families.