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Cover:  Saint Joseph Hospital as it appeared in 1905.

 

 

In 1873, a handful of Sisters of Charity journeyed west to bring health care to a young but booming mining centre. They withstood the challenges of the Old West, a Spanish Flu epidemic, and the wrath of the Klu Klux Klan, all the while expanding to meet the needs of a growing population.

Today, Denver’s Saint Joseph Hospital remains one of the premier medical institutions of the Rocky Mountain region.

 

This book contains the history of the first 125 years of Denver’s oldest private Catholic Hospital founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1873.

 

Illustrated with many historic photos of early Denver and hospital buildings up to the 1997 opening of the Russell Pavilion at Saint Joseph Hospital.

 

Includes the history of the Saint Joseph Hospital Training School for Nurses, 1900-1970, and a description of the Catherine Mullen Nurses Home that opened in 1933.  Describes early benefactors such as Molly Brown, city and state officials, and architects Viggio and Harold Baerresen and Temple Buell.

 

The history of the first 125 years of Saint Joseph Hospital was made possible through the generous donors of the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation.

 

The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth organized the Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation to bring the community together on the hospital’s behalf.  Since 1977, the foundation has raised funds to provide charity care for the poor and underserved members of our community and provide funds for graduate medical education, staff and patient education, and capital needs for Saint Joseph Hospital.

 

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Introduction & Foreword

Chapter 5: Turning the Century at One Hot Hospital

 

 

Chapter 1: Off to the Shining Mountains

Chapter 6: Up Against a Loose-Knit Klan

 

 

Chapter 2: Pioneers of Charity

Chapter 7: Art Deco and the Mullen Building

 

 

Chapter 3: Moving Up

Chapter 8: A Towering Future

 

 

Chapter 4: Towering Medical Care

Chapter 9: Toward a New Millennium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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