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History


Serving the Greater St. Louis Area Since 1866

St. Luke's history of patient care excellence reaches back more than 150 years when a group of concerned Episcopalians and physicians looked to further the work of the church and help meet the healthcare needs of the people of St. Louis.

St. Luke's Hospital admitted its first patient on February 28, 1866 in its original location near present-day Interstate 55 and Russell Boulevard. The 25-room infirmary consisted of eight medical staff members.

Joined in ministry by the Presbyterians in 1948, St. Luke's is part of the healing ministry of the Episcopal and Presbyterian (USA) churches.

St. Luke's celebrates Founders' Day each February 28 by remembering its heritage and honoring its founders. To commemorate the day, St. Luke's reaffirms its mission of healing, which grounds all the services it provides.

The hospital celebrates its rich history every day by continuing to expand its healing presence in an effort to improve the health of the community in body, mind and spirit.

From a Single Hospital Location to an Advanced Network of Care

In 1881, St. Louis philanthropist Henry Shaw donated $5,000 and land at the corner of 19th and Washington Streets for St. Luke's second location. The new hospital operated for about 21 years before moving locations and opening its doors on Delmar Boulevard in 1904, the same year as the World's Fair in St. Louis.

In 1975, St. Luke's West opened in Chesterfield in the hospital's current location, and in 1985, all operations were moved to the Chesterfield campus.

St. Luke's has grown from a single hospital location to an advanced network of care, providing healthcare services in over 60 specialty areas at its main hospital campus in Chesterfield and offering 26 other locations throughout St. Louis and St. Charles counties.

Innovation and Milestones

Through the decades, St. Luke's has remained a healthcare leader in the greater St. Louis area. Some highlights of St. Luke's innovative care include: Today, St. Luke's is nationally-recognized for quality care, patient satisfaction and more. Learn more about St. Luke's awards, honors and distinctions.

150 Years of Excellence

In 2016, St. Luke's Hospital celebrated its past accomplishments while it looked ahead to the future. The historic year provided the opportunity for St. Luke's to commemorate 150 years of medical innovation and exceptional care for its patients and their families.

Thanks to the hospital's talented colleagues and generous family of supporters, St. Luke's has set the standard for medical excellence not only in St. Louis but nationally. The hallmark of St. Luke's has always been its ability to deliver quality, personalized healthcare with compassion. View the 150th history display.

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