In celebration of the 150th anniversary as the first Catholic hospital in Baltimore, Saint Agnes Hospital recently unveiled and introduced to the public a historical Heritage Hallway, which illustrates the story of its legacy and development since 1862.
The hallway also features a special historical panel dedicated to physicians who have made significant contributions to the field of medicine over the same period.
“The Heritage Hallway celebrates our founders and their mission that is still the strength that supports our care delivery today,” said Bonnie Phipps, President & CEO of Saint Agnes Hospital. “It also highlights our clinical achievements and what will certainly be our brilliant future.”
Raymond Bahr, M.D., a retired Saint Agnes physician who serves on the Legacy Board, lead in the development of the Physicians’ display, which celebrates the many “firsts” accomplished at Saint Agnes Hospital. While at Saint Agnes, Dr. Bahr himself founded the first Chest Pain Emergency Room in the world. He took this successful model across the United States and beyond by founding the Society of Chest Pain Centers, which now includes more than 670 accredited chest pain centers throughout the country, including Saint Agnes. This exhibit also features the many contributions of Dr. Joseph Bloodgood, Chief of Surgery & Pathology, who spent most of his career at Saint Agnes.
“The amazing accomplishments of the Saint Agnes medical staff deserves to be celebrated because many in the community – even our physicians themselves – do not realize our celebrated history,” said Dr. Bahr. “Saint Agnes Hospital has accomplished many great things over the past 150 years with many more great things to come.”
In addition to the successful opening of the new South Tower, which took place in May, Saint Agnes will also commemorate our anniversary year with 150th Anniversary Health Fair, a public event which will be held on the hospital grounds on October 1st from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a celebratory mass at the Baltimore Basilica in April 2012.