St. Vincent Anderson celebrating 125 years

Don Knight | The Herald Bulletin St. Vincent Anderson will celebrate its 125th Anniversary with two community events next week.

ANDERSON – As times change and the years trudge forward, St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital has remained a constant for 125 years.

The hospital is celebrating its humble and historic start with two events this week. The official date of the anniversary is Sunday.

On Monday, an open house reception will be held for the community and St. Vincent associates from 2 to 4 p.m. at St. Vincent Anderson’s cafeteria. On Thursday, a birthday bash will be held at the Anderson Country Club, 602 Northshore Blvd.

The birthday bash will feature country music from Pendleton native Corey Cox, who is headlining the event. Other appearances include professional golfer John Mahaffey and Brian Hammons. Hammons, formerly of the Golf Channel, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

The theme for the birthday bash is a "white party" and attendees are asked to wear casual white clothes.

St. Vincent was founded in 1894 when John Hickey donated his property to the Sisters of the Holy Cross to build the first hospital in Anderson. It was originally named St. John’s as a tribute to the John the Evangelist, the Apostle of Charity.

“Over the years, St. Vincent Anderson has evolved along with the community by expanding services to meet the needs of those we serve and opening access to leading edge technology and healthcare programs through our statewide, clinically integrated system of care,” St. Vincent Anderson President Mike Schroyer said. “I would like to invite the community out to enjoy some of the birthday celebrations that we have planned in honor of our milestone anniversary.”

At its founding, the hospital had just eight beds, seven Sisters serving and operating costs were $25 per month. The seven Sisters there cared for 80 patients, most of whom had to bring their own beds to the hospital.

Now, the hospital has 129 beds, a Verified Level III Trauma Center, acute care, a mental health division, an advanced cancer center, surgery pavilion, outpatient rehabilitation center, outpatient digestive health center and an outpatient women’s center research institute.

Over the years, the name of the hospital has changed, first from St. John’s Hospital to St. John’s Hickey Memorial Hospital, then to St. John’s Health Care Corporation and then to Saint John’s Health System. It was changed to its latest name in 2013.

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