Saint Elisabeth Hospital was founded in 1205 in Webbekom, but in 1250 the nursing home moved to the centre of Diest.
On 31 October 1619, the diocese and the city agreed that the hospital would henceforth be run by nurses of the Order of St. Augustine, who came from the 'Van Tienen' Hospital. Until the last century, the hospital sisters from the Augustinian order, practised their apostolate there.
After 1945, the sisters founded Saint Joseph hospital on the former site of the monastery of the Order of Friars Minor, which has now been replaced by a modern hospital.
In the 1950s and 60s, the Saint Elisabeth hospital continued solely as a retirement home.


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