The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJs), who founded St. Joseph’s Hospital in St. Paul, have a long relationship with Fairview Health Services. The CSJs, with its ministry, St. Mary’s Health Clinics, have been among the stakeholders involved in ongoing Fairview led discussions about community needs and the future of St. Joseph’s Hospital. The Sisters’ tradition of addressing unmet needs within our community led to the founding of St. Mary’s Health Clinics, which provides healthcare services to the uninsured and underserved. This model has been of particular interest to Fairview.
While a relationship with St. Mary’s Health Clinics has not been formalized, we look forward to possible collaborations that will best serve those most in need. We support exploring the possibility of a community health and wellness hub to address the health, housing and support services that focus on accessible, affordable and equitable care for all. Our deep affection for St. Joseph’s Hospital and concern for its staff continues and we look to a respectful transition to a new model of care in our city.
St. Mary’s Health Clinics provides necessary and accessible health services to the medically uninsured and underserved using a volunteer-based model of care. There are no paid providers including its medical director. Many volunteers are retired from clinical practice. Clinics are held in donated spaces in the community, primarily in schools and churches and have established longstanding relationships with the metro health systems and specialty providers.
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet came to St. Paul in 1851 and operate ministries for immigrants, health care for the uninsured, and safe places for disenfranchised women. The Sisters are dedicated to “the practice of all the spiritual and corporal works of mercy of which woman is capable and which most benefit the dear neighbor (primitive documents)” and are called to “move always toward profound love of God and love of neighbor without distinction.”
Ann L. Thompson, email@example.com, 651-592-3900
October 5th, 2020