In 1925, concerned citizens purchased the Corbett Mansion on Riverside Drive (now the site of Lourdes' main campus) to become 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.
The Daughters, known for their compassionate caring, continue the tradition that began more than 365 years ago in France by St. Vincent de Paul. In the early 1800's, Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint, began the Daughter's Mission in the United States.
The Daughters' commitment to Lourdes throughout this century has provided the Southern Tier with an impressive series of health care "firsts": recovery room, intensive care unit, Hospice, Electrodiagnostic Laboratory, and Regional Cancer Center.
While much has changed in the community and at Lourdes since its inception as a 25-bed hospital, the commitment of the Daughters of Charity and their Mission of caring remains constant into the new century.
Effective November 1, 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. In 2002, Ascension was enhanced with the addition of the hospitals and related health facilities of Carondelet Health System, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. In 2012, Alexian Brothers Health System joined Ascension. In 2013, the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother also joined when the three regional health systems that comprised its Marian Health System joined Ascension.
Ascension (www.ascension.org) is a faith-based healthcare organization dedicated to transformation through innovation across the continuum of care. As the largest non-profit health system in the U.S. and the world’s largest Catholic health system, Ascension is committed to delivering compassionate, personalized care to all, with special attention to persons living in poverty and those most vulnerable. In FY2016, Ascension provided more than $1.8 billion in care of persons living in poverty and other community benefit programs.
Ascension includes approximately 150,000 associates and 36,000 aligned providers. Ascension’s Healthcare Division operates 2,500 sites of care – including 141 hospitals and more than 30 senior living facilities – in 24 states and the District of Columbia, while its Solutions Division provides a variety of services and solutions including physician practice management, venture capital investing, investment management, biomedical engineering, facilities management, clinical care management, information services, risk management, and contracting through Ascension’s own group purchasing organization.
Much has changed in the community and at Lourdes since a small 25-bed hospital opened on Riverside Drive in 1925, but there remains one constant: the commitment of Lourdes through the Daughters of Charity and their Mission of caring. We invite you to explore the many excellent health care services we provide.
Mission, Vision and Values
Our Mission, Vision and Values guide everything we do. They are foundational to our work to transform healthcare and express our priorities when providing care and services, particularly to those most in need.
Rooted in the loving ministry of Jesus as healer, we commit ourselves to serving all persons with special attention to thosewho are poor and vulnerable. Our Catholic health ministry is dedicated to spiritually-centered, holistic care which sustainsand improves the health of individuals and communities. We are advocates for a compassionate and just society throughour actions and our words.
We envision a strong, vibrant Catholic health ministry in the United States which will lead to the transformation of healthcare. We will ensure service that is committed to health and well-being for our communities and that responds to the needs of individuals throughout the life cycle. We will expand the role of laity, in both leadership and sponsorship, to ensure a Catholic health ministry in the future.
- Service of the poor: Generosity of spirit, especially for persons most in need
- Reverence: Respect and compassion for the dignity and diversity of life
- Integrity: Inspiring trust through personal leadership
- Wisdom: Integrating excellence and stewardship
- Creativity: Courageous innovation
- Dedication: Affirming the hope and joy of our ministry
Lourdes endeavors to enhance the well-being of the total person: mind, body and spirit. Our purpose is to serve the sick and the poor in a holistic manner.
Hospital services are available to the extent resources allow to all persons seeking those services, regardless of race, creed, sex, disability or socioeconomic status, from the moment of conception until passage through death to eternal life.
Lourdes recognizes the importance of serving its community and participating in activities that match the community's needs. In this service, it believes that the medical staff is a valued partner. Since it holds these things to be important, Lourdes will collaborate with other health entities and planning agencies to help provide essential services, particularly in primary and secondary health care and cancer services to its community.
As a Catholic Hospital, Lourdes is committed to the moral and ethical teachings of the Roman Catholic Church and the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services approved by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Lourdes is faithful to the examples of the founders of the Daughters of Charity: Saints Vincent de Paul, Louise de Marillac, and Elizabeth Ann Seton. Staff strive to serve the sick and the poor while giving witness to Christ's Gospel values.
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