More than half a century ago, three Catholic sisters from the Congregation of Bon Secours moved to Richmond to establish a hospital. For five years, they labored over every detail—formulating plans, raising money, supervising construction, purchasing equipment, hiring staff—while continuing to nurse the sick and dying in their own homes. When St. Mary’s Hospital opened its doors in the early days of 1966, Richmond learned the true meaning of the French words, bon secours. Good help.
St. Mary’s was Richmond’s first Catholic hospital, its first hospital run by women, and its first racially integrated hospital. In 2016, it marks the fiftieth anniversary of its founding by looking back with pride on five decades of service to the community and looking ahead to a promising future.
By Mary Miley Theobald