MARYVILLE, Mo. — Although under a new name for only five months, Mosaic Medical Center – Maryville is celebrating 125 years of continuous health care service for northwest Missouri and southwest Iowa, the organization announced this week.

On Sept. 8, 1894, the first hospital in Maryville, then St. Joseph's Hospital, opened its doors. According to the hospital, St. Joseph's was founded by seven sisters who saw the need for hospitals in rural areas and came to Maryville at the urging of the local priest.

From the start, in a renovated 12-room convent, the hospital was too small to meet the needs of the community. Just over a year later, on Nov. 26, 1895, a new brick hospital was dedicated and occupied on property purchased on First Street.

Today, has changed locations one more time and changed names several more.

“One hundred twenty-five years ago, we were blessed by the fact that the sisters chose to start a health care institution here in Maryville,” said Nate Blackford, president of Mosaic Medical Center – Maryville, in a statement. “The community has benefited from their vision, from their investment, from their compassion for many years. We are honored to be able to continue the tradition of an organization that responds to the needs of the patient and focuses on compassionate care.

“We are excited about the opportunity to serve this community for another 125 years.”

In honor of the quasquicentennial anniversary, several celebrations have been planned for the week.

On Monday, Sept. 9, caregivers are invited to take part in an anniversary party with punch and cake in the hospital's cafeteria.

A special blessing for the hospital will be included in the celebration of mass on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

Wednesday's plan includes a display in the cafeteria where caregivers will be asked to post their favorite memory or experience of working at the hospital.

For Thursday, Sept. 12, the day starts with a community blood drive from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., followed by an after-hours social open to the public from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the hospital lobby with a painting party for caregivers scheduled that evening.

Friday is jeans day, when caregivers are invited to wear jeans and Bearcat green in support of the first home football game.

To finish up the week, cholesterol and glucose fingerstick screenings will be offered at the hospital's tent at the farmers' market on Sept. 14.

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