700 NW Bond St
Bend, OR 97701
McMenamins History Pub presents “About St Charles’ 100 Years of Providing Care for All. This event two speakers who have worked for St. Charles and with the legendary Sister Catherine HellmanIn. 1918, the story of St. Charles began when the first hospital in Bend officially opened on the banks of the Deschutes River. It started with five Sisters of St. Joseph whose mission was to care for all or care for none. This presentation starts with those early days of providing health care to a raw logging town and traces the changes in the community as they relate to the history of the medical institution. Hear about the impacts of “Hospital Hill,” the Great Depression, World War II, and booming population growth—on this journey of St. Charles’ evolution from pioneer hospital into the regional health system it is today.
About the Speakers:
Todd Shields came to Bend 22 years ago, starting at St. Charles as a radiology transporter (where the legendary Sister Catherine Hellmann led his orientation). Currently Senior Director of Operations in Redmond and a member of the Bend and Redmond Executive Team, he has a passion for the history of St. Charles, saying, “The spirit of compassion and service from those early days is an integral part of the way we continue to provide care today.”
Rick Martin served St. Charles Health System in many leadership roles over nearly four decades. He worked closely for many years with Sister Catherine Hellmann, the visionary former CEO of St. Charles, who propelled St. Charles from a quiet local hospital to a regional health center, and he has many stories to share from those days. He retired last year, and loves to fish, hunt and camp.
With hospitals in Bend, Redmond, Prineville and Madras, St. Charles Health System is the largest provider of medical care in Central Oregon.