In 1915, city officials asked the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration to run a hospital in Sparta. The sisters agreed to convert six or seven rooms in their domestic science school on South K Street into hospital rooms. The first patient was seen at St. Mary’s Hospital on July 15, 1915. By the following year, the building was completely remodeled into a hospital with a 30-bed capacity. At the time it opened, the hospital was hailed as “a valuable and necessary institution in the city” and “that there is and will be need of it cannot be doubted.”
Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare will celebrate 100 years of caring in Sparta with a 100-day celebration that will commence on Monday, April 6 and culminate on the official opening day of July 15. These are just some of the joyful activities in store.
- A fact a day - for 100 days, you’ll receive a new fascinating fact about the rich history of St. Mary’s Hospital.
- A traveling display will share the history of St. Mary’s Hospital and the Sparta campus at various events and locations.
- Sparta Gives Back Campaign – Starting on April 6, Sparta campus staff will work together to give 100 hours of support to Sparta Area Cancer Support.
- St. Mary’s Shining Star Fund – The Sparta Foundation has established the St. Mary’s Shining Star Fund to help patients and families in need. Through this fund the Sparta Foundation will honor the legacy of our founders and carry forward their compassionate commitment to care for those in our community and region.
- Anniversary Celebration – Wednesday, July 15 will be the culmination of 100 days of celebration. The day will include a special mass in the Sparta chapel, a small gift for patients and an evening reception for staff and the business community. Watch for more details!
We encourage everyone to participate and celebrate 100 years of caring in Sparta!