St. Joseph Hospital

St. Joseph Hospital (HM27OM)

Location: Houston, TX 77002 Harris County
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N 29° 44.851', W 95° 21.978'

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St. Joseph Hospital, Houston's first general hospital, opened in 1887 as St. Joseph's Infirmary. Six sisters from the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, who came to Houston from St. Mary's Infirmary in Galveston, established the facility. Two years after its opening, Harris County officials asked the sisters to care for the county's indigent sick, which they continued to do until 1919. A new hospital built in 1894 accommodated the growing number of patients. Several months after opening, however, fire destroyed the new structure, killing two of the sisters. Another hospital, built on the present site, provided new facilities.

During the twentieth century, St. Joseph Hospital established its reputation as a leader in Texas health care. As a pioneer in the medical field, the hospital was among the earliest in the county or the state to: introduce pathology laboratory and x-ray equipment (1912); build a facility devoted to care for women and infants (1936); open a premature infant nursery (1943), coronary intensive care unit (1965) and community mental health center (1966); provide a neonatal transport service (1984); and offer laser lithotripsy for removal of ureteral stones (1987). The hospital has also made important contributions to education by opening the city's first school of nursing (1905) and

a large surgical training laboratory (1980). The center was also noteworthy for its research and treatment of cancer.

St. Joseph Hospital served as a leader in the medical field by providing quality treatment for its patients. It also served as an important reminder of Houston's early role as a medical center.
HM NumberHM27OM
Year Placed2006
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 1:05pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 271167 N 3293154
Decimal Degrees29.74751667, -95.36630000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 44.851', W 95° 21.978'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 44' 51.06" N, 95° 21' 58.68" W
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Area Code(s)713, 832, 210, 281
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1920 La Branch St, Houston TX 77002, US
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