News & Events
Feb 22, 2013
St. Joseph's Hospital Comox Celebrates Centennial
COMOX, BC. – A Centennial milestone in health care for the Comox Valley was celebrated today at St. Joseph’s General Hospital.
In recognition of its 100-year anniversary, St Joseph’s opened its doors to the public and unveiled two significant commemorative projects.
Jim Bennett, Hospital Board Chair, led the proceedings followed by Jane Murphy, President and CEO, before revealing a life-size wall mural collage depicting a century of Care with Compassion through images of the past and present.
“We are very grateful and appreciative of the invitation the Comox Valley has extended to St. Joseph’s over the decades; an invitation to provide health care to meet the needs of this growing population,” said Jane Murphy. “We thank the community for entrusting your care to us for the past 100 years.”
A century of health care service over the generations could not be more appropriately depicted than in a special commemorative video montage, which premiered as the finale to the Open House. Filmed and produced by local videographer Zac Whyte, the video montage personifies St. Joseph’s mission of Care with Compassion.
The commemorative event was attended by several municipal and provincial dignitaries including Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of BC; Don McRae, Minister of Education and MLA for Comox Valley; and the three municipal leaders of the Comox Valley, Mayors Paul Ives, Larry Jangula and Leslie Baird.
"For 100 years, St. Joseph's has been a source of hope, comfort, and care for the people of the Comox Valley," said Premier Christy Clark. "The four nuns who founded this hospital established a legacy of love and mercy that continues to this day, ensuring patients receive quality care in their community."
“I want to thank all the doctors, nurses, and support staff at St. Joseph’s General Hospital who work tirelessly every day to provide outstanding service” added Minister McRae. “Congratulations on 100 years of service, and thank you for your dedicated care, and service to Comox Valley. You've made a phenomenal contribution to Comox Valley history.”
“It is a pleasure and an honour to be present at the 100th anniversary celebrations,” added Mayor Ives. “Over the years, St. Joseph’s has seen huge changes in the Comox Valley and regardless of the challenges that changes bring, our Hospital has always met the needs of the citizens in keeping with the original ‘invitation to serve’ received a century ago.”
“Many things have changed both inside and outside the hospital since its founding by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto,” shared Mayor Jangula. “They would certainly be amazed at the progress that has taken place since their legacy began 100 years ago. Congratulations to St. Joseph’s General Hospital on reaching this important milestone."
“Congratulations on achieving this historical milestone,” added Mayor Baird. “You have been an integral part of the Comox Valley, continuing to grow and development with the community. Thank you for providing and fulfilling such an important service for the past 100 years.”
Commemorative celebrations will continue in the summer with a gala event at the Florence Filberg Centre, Friday, 5 July and will formally conclude with a ‘Celebration on the Grounds’ at St. Joseph’s on Sunday, 7 July. Both events are open to the public and are a way expressing gratitude to the community for helping make St. Joseph’s General Hospital what it is today.
Watch the commemorative video
St. Joseph's Hospital life-size wall mural commemorating 100 years of service