Saint Anthony Central Hospital4231 W 16th Ave, Denver, CO 80204
At Centura, health care is not merely a business. Its a calling. We celebrate the value of each persons life and consider it a worthy cause to lift the burdens of other by lovingly offering care to people regardless of who they are, what they believe or where theyre from. We seek to combine finely honed medical skills with compassionate touch to care for the whole personbody, mind and spirit. In this manner, we strive to create healing sanctuaries that carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ. Our Mission We extend the healing ministry of Christ by caring for those who are ill and by nurturing the health of the people in our communities. Our Vision Centura Health will fulfill a covenant of caring for our communities with excellence and integrity to become their partner for life. Our History In the late autumn of 1858, gold was discovered where the South Platte River meets Cherry Creek, and Denver, Colorado, was born. It would take just a single generation for the tiny settlement to become the most populous city in the West, second only to San Francisco. Few factors contributed more to its growth than the railroad system built by enterprising Denverites. To care for its workers, the Union Pacific Railroad constructed a 66-bed hospital at 40th and York Streets in 1883. Nestled in a park, the three-story building was considered well equipped and up-to-date. But Denver lacked the nurses and administrators so critical to comforting, quality care. Railroad leaders called on the Most Rev. Joseph P. Machebeuf, Colorados first bishop. He, in turn, asked the Sisters at Lafayette, Indiana, for help. In 1884, seven nuns arrived from the newly formed American branch of the Poor Sisters of Saint Francis Seraph of Perpetual Adoration. As the Motherhouse for the Order was in Germany, the hospital staff spoke German at its inception. The Sisters worked with heartfelt concern for their patients, but Sister Mary Huberta believed the Order needed its own hospital. She broached the idea with Bishop Matz, Bishop Machebeuf's successor, in 1890. When he cautioned that her notion would prove expensive and difficult, she offered an immediate reply: "We will begin, and St. Anthony will help us. Thus began the nuns campaign to build the hospital, each faithful that the wonder worker of saints would assist. St. Anthony, after all, is revered for restoring confidence to the frightened and despairing.