Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Children’s Hospital

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital (more commonly known as Sacred Heart Medical Center or simply Sacred Heart) is a 694-bed tertiary hospital in Spokane, Washington. It employs more than 4,000 health care professionals and support staff; its medical staff consists of over 800 specialists and primary care doctors.

Hospital in Washington, United States
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital
Providence Health Care

Sacred Heart Medical Center in 2017
Location 101 West Eighth Avenue,
Spokane, Washington, United States

47.649°N 117.413°W / 47.649; -117.413

Care system Public, Medicaid, Medicare[1]
Funding Non-profit hospital
Type General
Religious affiliation Catholic
Affiliated university Washington State University[2]
Standards Joint Commission
Emergency department II[1]
Beds 694
Helipad Yes
Opened 1886; 135 years ago (1886)
Lists Hospitals in Washington

Services Include: main medical center, ER/Trauma, children’s hospital, women’s health center, specialized centers for robotic and minimally invasive surgery, cardiology, orthopedic surgery, stroke center, neuroscience and cancer. Sacred Heart is rated as a “high performing” hospital in ten adult procedures and conditions according to U.S. News & World Report.[3]

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Heeding the call of Fr. Joseph Cataldo, a Jesuit father, Mother Joseph of the Sacred Heart and Sister Joseph of Arimathea, two Sisters of Providence, traveled from Vancouver, Washington, at the end of April 1886 to survey sites where they could establish a hospital in Spokane. On May 14, 1886, the Corporation of the Sisters of Providence agreed to build and within days ground was broken and construction under way at a site on the south bank of the Spokane River at Front Street between Browne and Bernard in what was then known as Spokane Falls. When the cornerstone was being blessed on July 2, 1886 (the feast of the Sacred Heart), the bishop of Nisqually, Aegidius Junger, asked for the name of the hospital. As no name had been received from the General Administration in Montreal at that point, the sisters had no name to give. The hospital received its name when a priest piped in: “It will be Sacred Heart Hospital.”[4]

The hospital formally opened on January 27, 1887, but the sisters received their first patient, a blacksmith by the name of John Cox, on January 15. Three days after his admittance, Mr. Cox also became the hospital’s first death.[5] As Spokane’s population grew, so too did the number of sick, injured, and poor: the sisters’ works were quickly outgrowing the original building so a new wing was added in 1889.

Sacred Heart was the region’s first hospital, a 31-bed, wood-framed structure built along the Spokane River where the Spokane Convention Center now stands. It quickly outgrew its first location and in 1910, it was moved (as well as expanded) to its current location on Spokane’s South Hill.

The present Sacred Heart Medical Center’s nine-story patient tower was built in 1971.[6] By 1984 the new East addition housed psychiatric, outpatient, radiology, and pediatric surgery services. More recent campus developments include the Spokane Heart Institute (1991), the expansion of the Sacred Heart Doctor’s Building (1993), and Emilie Court, an assisted living facility (2000). Responding to requests from the medical community, and supported by the community leaders and families, Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital, the region’s first full-service Children’s Hospital opened in 2003. The fall of 2004 saw the opening of the Women’s Health Center and Surgery Center, West Tower addition. A special pathogens unit was constructed in 2015 in the east addition with federal funding to host people with highly infectious diseases.[7]

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