St. Joseph Hospital celebrates 150 years with birthday bash

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No party would be complete without a little music and the celebration on Saturday was a big one. 

St. Joseph Hospital celebrated 150 years of serving the community. 

That is why neighbors, employees, and Lutheran Health Network leaders gathered in the courtyard for a block party. 

“It’s a big celebration to celebrate all that we have as a heart and soul of St. Joe Hospital. There’s a lot of soul,” said Dr. Tom Kintanar who is also a member of the board of directors.

St. Joe Hospital opened on May 4, 1869, under the leadership of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ. It was the first hospital to come to Fort Wayne. 

“And here we are 150 years later in the same spot celebrating the history of the hospital but also the many lives we’ve touched and saved and minister to over the 150 years,” said Sister Carole Langhauser. 

Sister Langhauser is a member of the Poor Handmaids. She worked at St. Joe for a decade and has witnessed the many milestones in the hospital’s history. 

“It’s great to see so many people here. People that I’ve known when I was here, people who are new to the ministries who haven’t been here very long, but still know that this special place is in the middle of Fort Wayne and we want to share that and celebrate that today,” Langhauser added.

But more than a celebration of the past, the birthday bash on Saturday looked ahead to the future.

Just this week, final plans were revealed for St. Joe Hospital’s replacement. 

The new Lutheran Downtown Hospital is expected to be complete in late 2021 and open the following year. 

“Even though we are not going to maintain the name, the main important thing is that we are going to continue to have the soul,” said Dr. Kintanar. 

Saturday’s block party also served as a kick off to a year of community service projects inspired by a 150-plus theme.

Future events include a food and blood drive. 

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