Lourdes History

Caring for the Community

Since 1916, Lourdes history has been woven with one theme. A response to a calling. We have a rich history of being called to respond to the health care needs of our community. Today, we remain a spiritually centered, not-for-profit, state-of-the-art health care network that continues to respond to our calling.

“2016 marked our 100-year anniversary, and we celebrated all year long.  Medical technology has evolved dramatically since 1916, but our  Mission to respond to the healthcare needs of our community with a Christian spirit has not wavered,” – John Serle, FACHE, President and CEO

Our Mission leads us to respond to the healthcare needs of those we serve. But, not only are we called to respond, but we are called to transform healthcare. We believe that health care should be effective, safer and more available to all people. We preserve our Mission and identity in our work each day. Ours is a story of service, commitment, caring and action.

The Vision of the Sisters of St. Joseph

We are inspired by the vision, courage and spirit of the Sisters of St. Joseph who came to Pasco in 1916 to open the first hospital in the region. With very few resources, deep faith and a great desire to care for the sick of this community; dedicated physicians and concerned community members helped to make the dream a reality. To this day, compassionate care, excellence and great respect for each individual remains the hallmark of our services. 

The First Hospital

The Sisters of St. Joseph arrived in Pasco via the Northern Pacific Railroad in the summer of 1916.  They took up residence in the old Montana Hotel, leased from Mrs. Anna Crotty. There the Sisters set-up everything necessary to care for the sick.  Soon the hospital was placed under the patronage of Our Lady of Lourdes, and opened its doors to the sick of the community.

The building had no elevator and surgery patients had to be carried from the basement to the operating room on the third floor! The flu epidemic of 1918 so overcrowded the hotel, that a drive was started for a new facility. 

With the help of a newly formed hospital board, the Sisters negotiated the purchase of land at Park and Fourth Street. The Northern Pacific Railroad Company sold the entire block of land to the Sisters for the sum of $1.00 and ground was broken for a new hospital.

Additions have been made to the hospital building at various times throughout the years.  Added beds and the modernization of medical equipment have changed the hospital inside and out.  At Lourdes, we do not falter to uphold the Mission of the Sisters.  

Today, Lourdes consists of several facilities throughout the Mid-Columbia area. With Lourdes Medical Center serving acute hospital needs, Lourdes Counseling Center caring for those with mental health needs, Lourdes Occupational Health Center taking care of our local business and their employees, and a network of physician clinics caring for Mid-Columbia families, Lourdes strives to meet the healthcare needs of those we serve.

Commitment

At Lourdes, we collaborate with other healthcare organizations to assure that quality health care services are provided to all. Lourdes has a commitment to excellence, serving all persons in a Christian spirit. We welcome all persons regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, economic status or ability to pay.

Your care is provided by professionals who are committed to the delivery of holistic healthcare as an extension of the healing ministry of Jesus.

Our History of Service

1916

LOURDES FOUNDED

Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital founded in the Montana Hotel by the Sisters of St. Joseph

1921

NEW HOSPITAL

New 55-bed hospital constructed

1942

AUXILIARY HELP

Our Lady of Lourdes Auxiliary founded

1950

1950s ADDITION

New addition added creating an 81-bed hospital

1984

1980s ADDITION

New addition added creating a 132-bed hospital

1985

CARONDELET

Carondelet Health System founded
1988

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Mid-Columbia Mental Health Center acquired by Lourdes and renamed Carondelet Psychiatric Care Center, later Carondelet Behavioral Health Center, and now Lourdes Counseling Center

1992

LEGACY OF GIVING

Our Lady of Lourdes Foundation established
1997

HEALTH NETWORK

Organization became Lourdes Health Network
2002

ASCENSION

Lourdes became a member of Ascension Health
2005

NEW DESIGNATION

Lourdes Medical Center designated a Critical Access Hospital
2009

WEST PASCO EXPANSION

Lourdes West Pasco opens to serve the growing West Pasco community

2012

TRI-CITIES EXPANSION

Lourdes Health Network continues to serve the dear neighbor throughout the region and expanded to 17 locations
2016

100 YEARS

Lourdes Health celebrated 100 years of ministry