In October 1891, a committed and compassionate group of Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia cared for their first patient at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma, WA. The sisters came to Tacoma with just pennies in their pockets; 10 months later, they opened a 60-bed hospital, treating all who came to them seeking care, including those who could not pay. The legacy of these founding sisters is being remembered and recognized as Puget Sound communities celebrate the 125th anniversary of CHI Franciscan Health’s St. Joseph Medical Center.
“Our sisters established a tradition of care that has enriched Tacoma for more than a century,” said Ketul J. Patel, CEO, CHI Franciscan Health. “Our commitment is to deliver compassionate, quality care to all those in need in every facet of our organization: from emergencies, to cancer or heart care, to the birth of a child.”
Sister Jude Connelly, who began her career as a nursing student at St. Joseph Hospital in 1958, now serves on CHI Franciscan Health’s Board of Directors. “The 125th anniversary is a celebration we share with the entire Puget Sound community, and the many generations of local families our ministry has served,” said Sr. Connelly. “The sisters founded St. Joseph Medical Center with a mission of healing and service that continues today, and will carry on long into the future.”