St. Joseph Hospital has a long history of care
This timeline provides a glimpse of St. Joseph Hospital’s long presence in Fort Wayne. The information came from the hospital’s website, www.stjoehospital.com/history:
* 1869: St. Joseph Hospital opens in the former Rockhill House hotel, which was constructed about 1838. It is operated by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ order of religious women.
* 1876: A doctor’s clinic opens and the first resident physician, Dr. Friscus, begins practice at the hospital.
* 1894: Expansion project adds elevators and private and semi-private rooms.
* 1899: An isolation hospital is constructed nearby for tuberculosis patients.
* 1900: The “country hospital” is annexed into the city of Fort Wayne.
* 1912: Construction of a building addition moves the hospital’s front doors to Broadway from their former location on Main Street.
* 1914: The first birth in the hospital happens at 7:40 p.m. March 7.
* 1918: The hospital opens the St. Joseph School of Nursing.
* 1921: The maternity ward opens.
* 1929: The Rockhill House hotel that originally served as the hospital is demolished. A new seven-story structure with 350 patient beds is constructed, extending the hospital to Van Buren Street.
* 1952: One floor of the hospital is set up solely to care for polio victims, accommodating 136 patients.
* 1966: Construction projects include a nine-story wing along Broadway and a four-story building on Van Buren Street. The work includes adding a chapel.
* 1974: St. Joseph Regional Burn Center opens.
* 1984: St. Joseph Hospital buys land near Dupont Road and Interstate 69 with a goal of expanding health-care services to that area.
* 1988: The St. Joseph School of Nursing closes.
* 1990: The first phase of Dupont Medical Center opens at Dupont Road and Interstate 69.
* 1993: The Children’s Care Center moves from the hospital to Lafayette Medical Center, Pontiac and Lafayette streets.
* 1994: Dupont Medical Center Phase II is completed.
* 1996: The Frank Freimann Regional Outpatient Burn Unit opens.
* 1998: Quorum Health Group of Brentwood, Tenn., buys St. Joseph Hospital from Ancilla Systems, which is sponsored by the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ religious order.
* 2000: The hospital opens Fort Wayne’s first permanent palliative care room for terminally ill patients.
* 2001: Triad Hospitals of Dallas buys Quorum Health Group, including St. Joseph Hospital.
* 2003: A $5.5 million Emergency Department renovation and expansion takes place.
* 2005: The obstetrics area receives a $1.8 million renovation and expansion.
* 2007: Community Health Systems buys Triad Hospitals, including St. Joseph Hospital.
* 2009: The intensive care unit receives a $750,000 renovation and upgrade.
* 2014: A $5.9 million renovation of the surgical department includes updating and enlarging operating suites and related areas, as well as upgrading surgical equipment.
* 2015: A $2.1 million renovation improves the catheterization laboratory and diagnostic procedural services area.