St. Mary Hospital founder unveiled as local legend
Farrell and Sister Mary Louisa Madden traveled to the frontier town of Grand Junction in 1895 at the request of the local clergy. The sisters collected funds door to door to build the first St. Mary’s Hospital, a 10-bed St. Mary’s Hospital, which opened May 22, 1896. On the hospital’s opening day, the local newspaper, the Daily Sentinel, expressed the community’s gratitude: “Here, without distinction as to race, creed or color, the afflicted at all times may find a refuge.””This recognition of our founder’s place in Grand Valley history and their contributions to the thriving community we know today is very gratifying,” says Aldrich. St. Mary’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, a 348-bed facility serving western Colorado and eastern Utah, is part of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System of Kansas.