700 N.W. Bond Street / Bend, OR, 97703
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Old St. Francis History Pub
Old St. Francis School
5:30 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. event
All ages welcome
5:30 p.m. doors, 7 p.m. eventFreeAll ages welcome
by Todd Shields and Rick Martin
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.
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.”
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.
hospitals in Bend, Redmond, Prineville and Madras, St. Charles Health System is
the largest provider of medical care in Central Oregon.
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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