St. Patrick Hospital Celebrates 150 Years

On St. Patrick’s Day 2023, St. Patrick’s Hospital in Missoula, Montana, celebrated the 150th Anniversary of its founding.  It is the first hospital in the Providence St. Joseph Health System (PSJH) to reach that milestone. 

The day began with a Mass in St. Francis Xavier parish, located adjacent to the Hospital.  At an afternoon reception, Provincial Leader Sr. Barbara Schamber offered her prayer of gratitude for the staff of the hospital which was found by Mother Caron in 1873.  Dr. Rod Hochman, president and CEO, and other representatives from PSJH joined. Dr. Hochman pointed out that the environmental stewardship for which the health systems is becoming noted, began with a suggestion from staff at St. Patrick.

The opening prayer was delivered by Dr. Vernon Findley, Ed.D., Elder of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.  Mark Koenig, PSJH Sponsor, presented the closing blessing and prayer.

Sisters of Providence who joined in the celebration included, Srs. Jacqueline Fernandes, Ida Mae Marceau, Annette Seubert, Rosalie Locati and Susanne Hartung. Sr. Ida Mae was born at St. Patrick’s and grew up in Missoula.

(L-r) Srs. Annette Seubert, Barbara Schamber, Ida Mae Marceau, Rosalie Locati, Jacqueline Fernandes with Craig Hightower, SJ, pastor of St. Francis Xavier
The celebration included a candlelight procession with significant memorabilia from the hospitals history. Among the items included were a nurse cap and pin commemorating the School of Nursing and COVID test kit and isolation gown.