In 1957, two thousand people stood in the rain to see the opening of a
new hospital in Fullerton. In the words of one newspaper, “This
is the day we have been waiting for. All of Orange County rejoices over
the completion of the ultramodern St. Jude Hospital.”
The hospital was the result of a partnership between the Sisters of St.
Joseph of Orange — who wanted to create a new standard of care —
and a community who was eager to help make it possible. From the Rotary
Club’s sold-out dinner dance, to a local business auctioning off
lunches with Cary Grant and Humphrey Bogart, the community found an almost
endless variety of ways to raise money for construction of the new hospital.
Within days of opening, every bed was full and there was tremendous excitement
over St. Jude’s high-tech features. Going beyond the community standard
at the time, it offered the latest advances in care including state-of-the-art
operating rooms and a new concept in medicine called “the recovery
room.” Despite the impressive technology, it was a difference of
the heart that truly distinguished the new hospital. The Sisters could
be found on every floor and their faithful service to others and to God
created an atmosphere where extraordinary care became not just possible
but expected. Sixty years later, much remains the same.
A generous community still allows St. Jude to offer a level of care typically
found only at the nation’s largest academic and research hospitals.
From leading-edge imaging and robotic technology to today’s most
sophisticated surgery capabilities, philanthropy has helped make St. Jude
one of California’s most respected and technologically-advanced
St. Jude’s commitment to safeguarding and improving the lives of
patients and families is still evident in a long list of national awards
and honors, including the 2017 Women’s Choice Award in six areas
and including one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Patient Experience,
U.S. News & World Report recognition in nine specialties and conditions,
and designation as an Advanced Comprehensive Stroke Center. With each
new award, our physicians, nurses, therapists, technicians and staff demonstrate
that the original intent of the Sisters and the community remains unchanged
— “to create a hospital that would rival all others”.
For six decades it’s been our privilege to care for you, your family
and friends for routine care, to the birth of a baby to life-saving surgery.
We’re looking forward to caring for you and serving the community
for another 60 years.
Brian Helleland, Chief Executive
St. Jude Medical Center
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