In 1925, the Corbett mansion on Riverside Drive (the site of the current Lourdes Hospital main campus) became home to a 25-bed hospital. Bishop Daniel Curley of Syracuse asked the Daughters of Charity, pioneers in Catholic health and hospital service, to come to Binghamton to manage the new hospital, which was purchased with funds contributed by concerned citizens.
The Daughters were well known for their tradition of compassionate caring. That tradition began more than 365 years ago in France where St. Vincent de Paul insisted on compassionate care of the sick. In the early 1800's, Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint, began the Daughters' Million in the United States.
Through the commitment of the Daughters toLourdes, the Southern Tier got its first recovery room, first intensive care unit, first Hospice, first pain Management Center, first Electrodiagnostic Laboratory and, of course, the Regional Cancer Center. These are just some of the many contributions Lourdes has made as a cornerstone community institution. In recent years, Lourdes has looked beyond the hospital campus, establishing primary care sites throughout the region and making health care portable and accessible with our Mission in Motion vehicles.
In November 1999, the Daughters of Charity National Health System (DCNHS) and the Sisters of St. Joseph Health System (SSJHS) merged into a co-sponsored Catholic health ministry known as Ascension Health. In 2002, Carondelet Health System, run by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, became part of Ascension Health. Ascension Health is the nation's largest Catholic and nonprofit health system. Lourdes is part of Ascension Health and continues to serve the community in which we live.
Much has changed in the community and at Lourdes since a small 25-bed hospital opened on Riverside Drive more than 80 years ago, but there remains one constant: the commitment of the Daughters of Charity and their Mission of caring. We invite you to explore the many excellent health care services we provide.