Hotel Dieu Hospital

Hotel Dieu Hospital is a hospital in Kingston, Ontario. It is affiliated with Queen's University, and is a partner within Kingston's university hospitals, delivering health care, conducting research and training the health care professionals.


In 1841 the Catholic bishop of Kingston, Remigius Gaulin, asked the Religious Hospitallers of Saint Joseph (RHSJ) of Montreal to send a group of sisters to establish a Catholic Hospital in his city to provide care for the poor Irish Catholic immigrants in the city. The RHSJs, however, were unable to find suitable buildings for their hospital until 1845. On September 2, 1845, Mother Amable Bourbonniere along with Sisters Huguette Claire Latour, Emilie Barbarie, and Louise Davignon, accompanied by their benefactress, Miss Josephine Perras and Mr. Laframboise, a friend of the community, arrived in Kingston. They stayed with the Kingston Notre Dame Sisters for two days, and then moved into their hospital, located in a small limestone building, now 229 Brock St., on September 4, 1845. The Kingston RHSJs saw their first patient on September 7th. By the end of October, they had refurbished and moved into their monastery, located at 233 Brock St., allowing them to have a men's ward on the main floor of the Hospital and a women's ward on the second floor.

In 1892, the hospital was moved to its present location on Sydenham Street, which formerly housed Regiopolis College. In 1846 Alexander Macdonell (bishop) established Regiopolis College, which offered academic and theological training to Roman Catholic youth. The original building is now part of the Hotel Dieu Hospital (Kingston).

The main wing of the Hotel Dieu Hospital, the Jeanne Mance Wing, completed in 1984, is named for a woman sent by the RHSJ to New France in 1641. Jeanne Mance, a lay woman, was given the responsibility of founding a hospital and caring for the sick in New France. In 1642, she arrived in what is now Montreal and founded the first Hotel Dieu Hospital in 1645.

Urgent Care Walk In Clinic

It is the urgent care centre for Kingston. All patients who are ambulatory and who are experiencing minor illness or injuries that that cannot wait for a family doctor are directed to attend this clinic. The clinic is open from 8 am – 10 pm, 365 days/year.

  • Outpatient pediatrics,
  • Cardiology,
  • Ophthalmology,
  • diabetes education,
  • breast assessment,
  • Day surgery,
  • Urgent care and mental health programs.


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