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A Special Visit to the Original Saint Joseph Hospital

A recent retreat attended by nursing leaders from three KentuckyOne Health hospitals in the Lexington area – Saint Joseph Hospital, Saint Joseph East and Saint Joseph Jessamine – included a surprise visit to 320 Linden Walk in Lexington, where the original Saint Joseph Hospital opened in 1876. The building is now the private home of Jim and Martha Birchfield, who welcomed the nursing leaders with a special reception. Mr. Birchfield shared the history of the home and displayed early photos and maps of the home and surrounding area, dating back to 1855.

In addition, three Sisters of Charity of Nazareth were present to meet the nursing leaders and express gratitude for the continuation of their legacy of caring for the sick and underserved. Each sister has a deep and personal connection with Saint Joseph Hospital. Sister Dorothy McDougall served as vice president for mission integration at the hospital during the 1980s and early 1990s. Sister Joan Wilson served in the Appalachian Outreach Program and was the last Sister of Charity to work at Saint Joseph before her retirement in 2012. Sister Theresa Arru worked in the Radiology Department at Saint Joseph Hospital until 1995.

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