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Covenant Health Governance & Leadership


Covenant Health brings together the rich history of sponsorship of eight communities of Catholic Sisters who founded the organizations and sites we currently operate. The Sisters transferred these operations to the sponsorship of the Catholic Bishops of Alberta over a span of 25 years beginning in 1976. The Bishops established Covenant with the consolidation of 12 different entities through a private bill of the Alberta legislature.

Covenant Health's Board of Directors consists of 8 individuals, who are appointed by, and accountable to, the Catholic Bishops of Alberta. The Board has full governance authority for the entire organization and has appointed Community Boards in each community we serve. The Board is an important component in the governance of Covenant Health and in the areas of developing our vision, strategic planning, community engagement, site monitoring and physician liaison. The Bishops, the Board and the Community Boards are governed by Article of Association, Bylaws and Terms of Reference. These documents define the relationships, accountabilities and responsibilities of each group.


President and CEO Patrick Dumelie leads a 13-member Senior Leadership Team responsible for advancing the organization's strategic directions and working within the integrated provincial health system to lead operations, address operational issues and respond to provincial priorities and opportunities. Operations are divided into three portfolios:

  • Edmonton Acute Care includes programs and services at our two large urban hospitals.
  • Operations in Seniors' Health include large continuing care programs in Edmonton, Lethbridge and St. Albert.
  • Our Rural Health portfolio brings together facilities in our smaller urban centres and rural areas.

The portfolios have been designed to meet and address local community needs, look for new areas of growth and respond to Alberta Health Services priorities across the continuum of care in both urban and rural care settings.