March 17, 2011
CONTACT INFORMATION: Terri McCoy, (406) 444-2807
JoAnn Hoven, St. Patrick Hospital, (406) 329-5742
McCulloch Commemorates Anniversary of “Sisters of Providence” in Missoula; Celebration Part of Statewide Centennial Project, St. Patrick Hospital “Spirit Week”
MISSOULA, MT - Secretary of State Linda McCulloch on Thursday honored the Sisters of Providence with the Secretary of State’s Centennial Award during a celebration ceremony held at the St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences Center in Missoula, Montana.
“The Centennial Award not only pays tribute to the esteemed legacy of the Sisters of Providence,” said McCulloch. “It honors and recognizes their continued mission to serve Montana and the rest of the world with grace and compassion.”
The Sisters of Providence are one of the oldest businesses actively registered with the Secretary of State. The congregation of Roman Catholic women sponsored the opening of the St. Patrick Hospital in 1873. Then known as “The Sisters of Charity of Providence in the Territory of Montana,” the group first registered with the state as a nonprofit organization on June 29, 1888.
“It is the people who call us forth, and like all of our ministries, the Providence people respond by looking to the edges of society to see where the needs are,” said Provincial Councilor Jo Ann Showalter, Sisters of Providence. “That has been true whether we’ve been working in the sheds in Montreal, taking care of Irish immigrants with cholera, establishing the first coronary care unit in the state of Montana, or implementing a much needed and award winning children’s hospice in the Los Angeles area.”
“St. Patrick Hospital was the second hospital founded by the early Sisters of Providence in the West,” continued Jeff Fee, President and CEO of St. Patrick Hospital. “It is the oldest continuing ministry within Providence Health & Services, and we live by the Mission of these pioneering women. It is an awesome privilege and a great responsibility.”
St. Patrick Hospital hosted the Centennial Award celebration during its annual “spirit week” for employees. The week was founded to celebrate the hospital’s sense of family and ongoing commitment to providing a healing ministry.
“The Sisters of Providence are a shining example of how unity and kindness can make a positive difference in our communities,” McCulloch said. “It is up to each of us to continue to celebrate Montana’s local businesses and organizations, whether they have been around for one day, or for one century.”
McCulloch launched the Centennial Project in 2010 to commemorate the momentous anniversary of businesses and organizations that first registered in Montana one hundred years ago, or more. The Sisters of Providence of Montana Corporation is one of many to receive the honorable recognition.