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Benefis Healthcare (Great Falls, Montana)

Founded as Columbus Hospital by the Sisters of Providence in 1892, this ministry was known briefly as Great Falls Consolidated Hospital (1996). A merger with Montana Deaconess Hospital in 1996 formed Benefis Healthcare (1996-2006). Benefis ended its affiliation with Providence in 2006.

A nursing school ran from 1894 until 1968, with …

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Bernard Morin Province

The first Sisters of Providence came to the American West from Montreal in 1852 to serve in what was then known as the Diocese of Nisqually, but their mission was cut short due to lack of preparation and support. On their way home by ship to Quebec, they stopped in Valparaiso, Chile, and remained to serve orphans and others in need. …

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Blanchet Home (Vancouver, Washington)

Founded by the Sisters of Providence as a residence for retired clergy in 1911, Blanchet Home was closed in 1925, when the residents and sisters were transferred to St. Joseph Home for the Aged in Spokane, Washington, now known as St. Joseph Care Center.

Catholic Junior High School (Anchorage, Alaska)

Founded by the Sisters of Providence in 1961, Catholic Junior High School was closed in 1967.

Clergy

Images of popes, bishops, and priests both individually and in groups.

Ephemera

This collection is a catch-all for items which do not fit within our other collections, and which often do not relate directly to Providence heritage but nonetheless have value to our users, such as prayer cards.

Health Care Corporations

This collection documents the various iterations of Providence Health & Services, which was originally incorporated by the Sisters of Providence in Washington Territory in 1859, as well as other corporations established by the system.

Holy Cross Hospital (Nome, Alaska)

Founded in 1902 by the Sisters of Providence, Holy Cross Hospital was closed in 1918.

Holy Family Hospital (St. Ignatius, Montana)

Founded by the Sisters of Providence at St. Ignatius Mission in 1914, Holy Family Hospital was originally housed within the St. Ignatius Indian School. When the school burned in 1919, the hospital acquired its own building, and continued operation until 1977 when it was transferred to Mission Valley Hospital.

Holy Family Hospital (Spokane, Washington)

Holy Family Hospital was transferred to Providence sponsorship from the Dominican network in 1993.

About the collections



Providence Archives preserves the historical records of the Sisters of Providence of Mother Joseph Province, their health care and low-income housing corporations, and the more than 120 active and inactive institutions comprising Providence Health & Services (Alaska, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington). The collections provide valuable resources for documenting the Sisters of Providence religious community and the development and administration of education, health care, and social services in the West from 1856 to the present. The Archives consists of manuscript and printed material including chronicles, correspondence, minutes, patient and student ledgers, financial records, and publications, as well as photographs, film, audio tape, and maps. A wide range of artifacts representing the religious community and institutional history is also preserved. Descriptive inventories and bibliographies facilitate access to the collections.

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