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Palliative Care

The Palliative Care program aims to relieve symptoms and improve the quality of living and dying for a person and/or family living with a life threatening illness. 

Covenant Health has been a leader in palliative care since 1985, when The Sisters of Charity (Grey Nuns) opened the first hospital-based palliative care program at the Edmonton General Hospital. The program grew out of an identified need for more holistic, multidisciplinary approaches, and better understanding of the complex and evolving nature of pain.

Covenant Health has 81 palliative and hospice beds across the province and Covenant Health’s Tertiary Palliative Care Unit at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital is a world class, multidisciplinary program that attracts practitioners, students and researchers from around the world.

Covenant Health advocates nationally regarding the importance of palliative care as a core component of our healthcare system. Covenant Health has presented to federal committees and has organized conferences and other learning opportunities each year to support discussion and education on this important topic.

Reference: See Also
Advanced Care Planning & Goals of Care


Palliative Institute 

For up to date Information - See COV Palliative Institute Webpage

The Covenant Health Palliative Institute champions a future where every Albertan can make informed decisions about their end-of-life care and where their caregivers have the knowledge, expertise and resources to support them. The institute’s distinctive role in achieving this future is to serve as a palliative and end-of-life care knowledge-broker for clinicians, policy makers, patients and families, and to lead informed public discourse on end-of-life issues. The Palliative Institute employs a collaborative and iterative knowledge-to-action process aimed at continual quality improvement and capacity-building. 


Phone      780.735.9637  or  780.735.9659 


Annual Palliative Education & Research Days