During the early years of Umatilla County, the average life expectancy was little more than half of what it is today. Disease was the rule rather than the exception, and by and large, doctors were so scarce that people who came down with an illness or injury had to "tough it out." Among the first to bring healthcare to the county were the Catholic sisters, who in the early 1880s opened their doors to all who needed help.
A hospital was the dream of Mother Stanislaus, who one day received a check for $250 from Dr. F.W. Vincent. He suggested that she find others who would match his gift to help start a building fund. Mother Stanislaus received $8,000 from the community to go toward this dream. Ground was broken in the spring of 1901, and the original hospital was dedicated in 1902 at the cost of $75,000.
About the Sisters of St. Francis
St. Anthony Hospital was founded in 1902 by The Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia, a community of Catholic women who commit their lives to God as followers of Sts. Francis and Clare. We strive to live in loving relationships and service with all people and creation. We are dedicated to bringing hope and joy to those in need by promoting justice and peace with emphasis on human rights and environmental concerns in our daily encounters.