Old News – St. Mary’s Hospital

The article from 50 years ago is about expansion of St. Mary’s Hospital. That hospital was founded in 1857 by the Catholic Daughters of Charity. During the Civil War they treated over 5,00 sick soldiers. In 1997 because of elevated overhead costs the hospital merged with Park-Ridge Hospital and St. Mary’s became offices for out-patient services.

The ad for Rund’s restaurant says you can get a complete Surf and Turf dinner for $4.25. Prices have surely increased since then.


Friday, Aug. 11, 1967

Hospital Expansion Completed

The opening of the Employees’ Cafeteria of St. Mary’s Hospital on August 1 marked the completion of a four-year $9 million expension and renovation program. Phase III, the final phase of the program included renovation of the main hospital building, including every patient room.

The construction included a complete new main kitchen, new housekeeping and storage areas, new administration offices, admitting offices, locker rooms, a gift shop operated by the auxiliary, and two five floor stair towers.

Also constructed were extensive emergency electrical power facilities. In the 228 patient’s rooms the remodeling included new ceilings, refurbishing of walls, and replacement of electrical panels and fixtures.

The new cafeteria was designed to accommodate 225 persons and is air conditioned. The food preparation and serving areas incorporate the latest in floor design and feature the use of portable translucent area dividers which allow flexibility in the uses of the dining area.

Phase I of the building program was started in 1963 with the construction of the Bishop Kearney Educational Building which house facilities for the hospital’s School of Nursing.

Phase II, completed last year, included the building of a four-floor medical service wing, new quarters for the Sisters on the sixth floor of the main hospital building, and the construction of a new chapel.

The medical service wing, which faces West Main Street, gave the hospital a new and enlarged Emergency Department and an enlarged Out Patient Department with facilities for 29 clinics, all situated on the first floor.

The second floor of the wing has administration offices for Personnel, Therapy Department, and the Pharmacy.

A new and enlarged X-ray department was furnished on the third floor and new clinical and pathological laboratories were placed on the fourth floor.

The new chapel was erected above the purchasing and stores building at the southwest corner of the hospital and is connected to the main building as are all of the new facilities.

An outstanding feature in the renovation of the main building was the construction of the first self-care unit to be installed in a Rochester hospital called Seton Hospice, the unit is designed ito serve ambulatory and physically self-sufficient patients who require therapeutic or diagnostic services or who need a few days of added instruction in the management of their illnesses. The rates for the extended care unit are considerably lower than acute care areas and are furnished motel-style with wall-to-wall carpeting, individually controlled heating and cooling units, beautiful wood paneling, bright colors in the rooms, and non-hospital beds.

The unit occupies two wings of the second floor and consists of 16 private rooms and four two-bed rooms, a large dining area, nurse’s station, utility room, and an examining room.