Chinook Regional Hospital
Alberta Health Services
Chinook Regional Hospital
Location in Lethbridge
LocationLethbridge, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates49°41′05″N 112°48′56″W / 49.68472°N 112.81556°W / 49.68472; -112.81556Coordinates: 49°41′05″N 112°48′56″W / 49.68472°N 112.81556°W / 49.68472; -112.81556
Affiliated universityUniversity of Calgary Faculty of Medicine
Emergency departmentYes, Level III trauma center
HelipadTC LID: CLH4
Opened1955; 66 years ago (1955)

Chinook Regional Hospital is the main hospital for the City of Lethbridge and Southern Alberta, and offers many of the health care services for Alberta Health Services. The hospital services a population of over 150,000 and is supported by the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation.[1]


The first hospital in Lethbridge opened in 1891 by the family of Alexander Galt, a local entrepreneur.[2] The original building now houses the Galt Museum. The Sisters of St. Martha opened the St. Michael's Hospital at 13th Street South and 9th Avenue South in 1929.[3] In 1955, the City of Lethbridge built a municipal hospital nearby where the CRH is located today.[2] Up until 1960, both hospitals received several expansions. The Alberta Department of Health later evaluated them and discovered both needed substantial structural upgrades. The decision was made to rebuild the municipal hospital and redesign St. Michael's as a long-term facility.[2] Despite proposals of several locations for the new hospital, ultimately the hospital was built on the same lot as the municipal hospital allowing the latter to still operate during construction.[2] The Lethbridge Regional Hospital opened June 24, 1988 at the cost of $118 million.[2] The hospital was renamed the Chinook Regional Hospital in 2006. In 2016, a $127 million dollar project saw the Hospital complete an additional five-storey hospital wing to service the growing Lethbridge community.[4]


The Chinook Regional Hospital is a busy health facility, the emergency department alone sees more than 48,700 patient visits annually while ambulatory services has more than 52,500 visits annually.

Some of the health services provided include the following:

It is a 270+ bed hospital administered by Alberta Health Services. The facility has over 250 acute care beds, 10 ICU beds, 45 acute geriatrics beds and more than 15 NICU bassinets.


The hospital is equipped with a helipad for transporting patients to Calgary. Its elevation is 2,993 ft (912 m)[6] and its main user is the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS) air ambulance service.


The Chinook Regional Hospital is a teaching hospital and has affiliations with the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, the University of Lethbridge, the Lethbridge College, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology and the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience. LPN, PCA, Unit Clerks, Radiology Technicians, Sonographers and Bachelor of Nursing students regularly rotate through the Chinook Health Region.

The Guest House

The Guest House at Alberta Rose Lodge provides affordable, convenient and short-term accommodations for adult patients seeking outpatient treatment at the Chinook Regional Hospital and Jack Ady Cancer Centre. It is also available to individuals from outside Lethbridge with family receiving inpatient care.


Philanthropic funding is directed by the Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation. Funds are used to fund state-of-the-art healthcare equipment, vital programs, patient care and special projects. Esteemed annual events include the Val Matteotti Italian Open, the Christmas Tree Festival Gala & Auction, Lights of Hope and Care from the Heart Radioathon.


  1. ^ Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation
  2. ^ a b c d e Doerksen, Lisa (2006-12-27). "City's hospital history has a storied past". SunTimes. Lethbridge Herald. pp. 1–2.
  3. ^ "College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta Districts Fonds Part 2". Nursing History: CARNA Museum & Archives. College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. Archived from the original on 2006-09-27. Retrieved 2006-12-27. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ A facility addition with surgical precision
  5. ^ Palliative care
  6. ^ Canada Flight Supplement. Effective 0901Z 16 July 2020 to 0901Z 10 September 2020.