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Sisters of St. Joseph

Legacy of Caring

St. Joseph Health is a ministry sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry, who originated in 17th century France with the unique vision of a Jesuit priest named Jean-Pierre Médaille. He visualized an order of religious women who would venture out into the community, seek out "the dear neighbors" and minister to their needs.

In 1912, a small contingent of the Sisters of St. Joseph came to Eureka, California, to establish a school. With the influenza epidemic of 1918, the sisters temporarily abandoned their education efforts to care for the sick. They realized the small community desperately needed a hospital. In 1920, the sisters opened St. Joseph Hospital of Eureka.

Today the Sisters continue their work through the sponsorship of acute care hospitals, home health care, rehabilitation programs, primary care clinics and many community outreach and wellness programs. In each community we touch, we reach out to care for the poor and vulnerable. Mission Hospital, acquired in 1994, is a member of the St. Joseph Health. As such, we are committed to carry forward the legacy of the Sisters.