By Mary Lee, Centennial Coordinator
The summer of 2013 will mark the 100 year anniversary of St. Joseph’s General Hospital. It was on July 5th 1913 that the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto arrived in Comox to establish a hospital on an appeal from the Comox Logging Company. The Sisters opened its doors to patients with a four-bed hospital in a small farmhouse on August 10th of that year. In just a century, the hospital has evolved significantly, growing in size and capability to meet the health care needs of the Comox Valley and surrounding regions.
This is a centennial worth celebrating. Since the beginning, St. Joseph’s has proudly served the community with a Christian value-based atmosphere of “Care With Compassion” in the Catholic tradition of the Healing Ministry of the Church. Its legacy is rich and built upon providing excellence in service while giving back to the community.
Commemorative celebrations will begin in February with an open house and a special centennial unveiling in the main lobby of St. Joseph’s. In the summer, a “Celebrations in the Gardens” will be held on the hospital grounds. Celebrations will wrap up later in the summer with a formal gala event at the Florence Filberg Centre. All events are open to the public and are a way of saying thank-you to the community for helping make St. Joseph’s General Hospital what it is today. Watch for dates and times to be announced in the local media. You can follow the Centennial Celebration on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SJGHCentennial.