Founded in 1877, Saint Joseph Hospital, a former SCN ministry, celebrated 140 years in the Lexington, Kentucky community recently. A number of SCNs attended and participated in the celebratory Mass last week. According to a press release from Saint Joseph Hospital, the hospital which was the first in Lexington, pioneered many firsts in the health care community. This includes having the first school of nursing in central Kentucky (1921), opening the first local blood bank in Lexington (1939), having Kentucky’s first post-anesthesia recovery room (1951), having the first kidney machine in Kentucky (1956), performing central Kentucky’s first open heart surgery (1959), being the first in the state to purchase a CAT Scan (1974), and offering the first transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) (2014).
The Sisters were thanked for their ongoing charism and the strong foundation they laid at the hospital, both of which still exist at the facility though the Sisters no longer own or operate it.