Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Old St. Francis History Pub

St. Charles’ 100 Years of Providing Care for All

Old St. Francis School

5:30 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. event


All ages welcome

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About St. Charles’ 100 Years of Providing Care for All

St. Charles’ 100 Years of Providing Care for All

Presented by Todd Shields and Rick Martin 

In 1918, the story of St. Charles began when the first hospital in Bend officially opened on the banks of the Deschutes River. It started with five Sisters of St. Joseph whose mission was to care for all or care for none. This presentation starts with those early days of providing health care to a raw logging town (including the sisters’ battle with the Spanish Flu epidemic) and traces the changes in the community as they relate to the history of the medical institution. Hear about the impacts of “Hospital Hill,” the Great Depression, World War II, and booming population growth—on this journey of St. Charles’ evolution from pioneer hospital into the regional health system it is today.

About the Speakers:

Todd Shields came to Bend 22 years ago, starting at St. Charles as a radiology transporter (where the legendary Sister Catherine Hellmann led his orientation). Currently Senior Director of Operations in Redmond and a member of the Bend and Redmond Executive Team, he has a passion for the history of St. Charles, saying, “The spirit of compassion and service from those early days is an integral part of the way we continue to provide care today.”

Rick Martin served St. Charles Health System in many leadership roles over nearly four decades. He worked closely for many years with Sister Catherine Hellmann, the visionary former CEO of St. Charles, who propelled St. Charles from a quiet local hospital to a regional health center, and he has many stories to share from those days. He retired last year, and loves to fish, hunt and camp.

With hospitals in Bend, Redmond, Prineville and Madras, St. Charles Health System is the largest provider of medical care in Central Oregon.


About Old St. Francis History Pub

Old St. Francis History Pub

These monthly, free events are open to everyone interested in Oregon and Pacific Northwest history. Co-sponsored by like-minded historical and civic organizations, we bring you experts, scholars, first-person experiencers and historians who expound on topics from Lewis and Clark to shipwrecks, hop growing to women pioneers and far, far beyond. It's like being back in the classroom - except this time you get to settle into comfortable seats and enjoy a drink or two with dinner while you listen and learn.

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