“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”

Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Saint Joseph's

Atlanta's Oldest Hospital

Saint Joseph's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach
1. Saint Joseph's Marker
Inscription.  On April 21, 1880, four Sisters of Mercy from Savannah, Georgia opened Atlanta's first permanent hospital, a 10-bed facility located on this site, where it remained for nearly 100 years.

During that time, the hospital grew in size and scope, eventually encompassing the entire block, and included a dedicated surgical ward, chapel, outpatient clinic for the poor and the state's first nursing school.

With the goal of "extending the mission of healing mercy begun by Christ through a just and compassionate regard for all who suffer," the hospital became renowned for its medical expertise, compassionate care, and commitment to Atlanta's sickest and poorest individuals.

In 1978, the hospital moved to its present location in Sandy Springs in north Atlanta.

Today, Saint Joseph's continues its mission of mercy and is recognized as one of the country's leading acute-care specialty hospitals.
Erected 2005.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkEducationScience & Medicine.
Saint Joseph's Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, October 26, 2016
2. Saint Joseph's Marker
33° 45.725′ N, 84° 23.057′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is at the intersection of Courtland Street NE and Baker Street NE, on the right when traveling south on Courtland Street NE. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30303, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic Site (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Winecoff Fire (approx. 0.4 miles away); Baltimore Block (approx. half a mile away); Dr. John S. Pemberton (approx. half a mile away); 1998 Shining Light Award (approx. 0.6 miles away); Thrasherville (approx. 0.6 miles away); Auburn Avenue Branch, Carnegie Library (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Atlanta.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2017. It was originally submitted on August 10, 2017, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 177 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 10, 2017, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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