After 120 years, St. Mary’s changes as mission remains the same

St. Mary’s Medical Center passed a milestone in the 120th anniversary of the opening of the Grand Junction hospital.

“It’s quite the milestone,” said Dr. Brian Davidson, interim president and chief medical officer at St. Mary’s. “We have been taking care of people in the Grand Valley since May 22, 1896.  Twelve decades later, our medical and technological advancements have vastly improved and our mission of healing people remains steadfast.”

When St. Mary’s opened its doors in 1896 it was a 10-bed, hospital. St. Mary’s now operates the largest medical center between Denver and Salt Lake City.

Over its 120-year history, the medical center has serves as one of the most economically stabilizing factors in the area, Davidson said. “We are not only proud of the high quality of care that our associates and physicians provide to this community on a daily basis, but we take pride in knowing that we are a strong economic contributor as well.  We are the second largest employer and the largest payroll contributor in Mesa County.”

Even during challenging economic times, St. Mary’s has been adding local jobs year after year, Davidson said. “For the past several years our employment base has been steadily increasing.  In an average year we typically are hiring for roughly 100 positions.”

Another part of St. Mary’s history is its mission to help those who are the most vulnerable in the community through support of nonprofit organizations, Davidson said.

“Our outreach is far and wide. We are committed to helping others through our own organizations such as Foster Grandparents, Senior Companions and Grey Gourmet, as well as through donations to numerous other area nonprofit organizations, such as the Marillac Clinic,” Davidson said. “Our mission then and now continues to be helping others.”