Our History of Courage to Lead and Grow
The history of Ogden Regional Medical Center in Utah began with a few sisters of the Order of St. Benedict who were journeying from St. Joseph, Minnesota, to the foothills east of Ogden, Utah. The sisters' primary purpose, to give glory to God through service to humankind, was realized through the first St. Benedict's Hospital at 3000 Polk, which opened on Sept. 18, 1946.
Bringing with them the Benedictine holistic philosophy of healing, the sisters quietly embraced the community with their gentle, caring and tender approach to healing. Their philosophy, "caring for the sick as if they were Christ in person," was taken from the age-old Rule of St. Benedict by which the sisters live.
The sisters' courage to lead and to grow in serving the community's healthcare needs brought many significant changes to the hospital through the years. Outgrowing the hospital on Polk Street, a new hospital in Washington Terrace was dedicated in 1977.
The construction of the new 239-bed hospital on its spacious new campus did not end the growth and expansion of the St. Benedict's healing touch. Several medical office buildings now house numerous hospital programs while providing convenient office space for many physicians and related healthcare activities.
In July 1977, the Val A. Browning Radiation Therapy Center, now called the Val A. Browning Cancer Treatment Center, opened its doors to treat cancer patients from throughout northern Utah and surrounding states. With the increased need of support for cancer patients, St. Benedict's was a driving force in organizing Hospice of Northern Utah to help terminally ill patients and their families deal constructively with illness and dying.
St. Benedict's strengthened its program for women and children on Mothers Day, 1992, by opening a new Women's and Children's Center, which also houses OB/GYN and pediatric physician offices. A new neonatal intensive care unit had opened previously in November 1987.
As the hospital has continued to grow and has re-invested millions of dollars in advanced equipment and facilities, new technologies have become a part of everyday procedures. To further strengthen its cardiology program, the cardiac catheterization lab was upgraded, allowing the hospital to implement its nationally rated open heart surgery program.
Amidst the rapid growth and change of the healthcare industry, St. Benedict's has been affiliated with various organizations. Since 1995, the hospital, now part of MountainStar Healthcare as Ogden Regional Medical Center, has been part of what is now Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the nation's largest hospital company with more than 190 high-quality hospitals.
In May 2000, Ogden Regional Medical Center joined with five other HCA-affiliated hospitals in Utah to announce a new network name with which they would all be associated: MountainStar Healthcare. Ogden Regional Medical Center has an outstanding medical staff of nearly300 physicians and 1,000 employees and volunteers, and continues to offer high-quality healthcare. Although change may be constant, our tradition of caring and healing will never fade.
In Recent Years
Recent upgrades to the hospital include a new state-of-the-art Emergency and Trauma Department in 2007 , and the addition of two firsts for northern Utah: the American Cancer Society Cancer Resource Center, and the Ronald McDonald Family Room .
Since 2009, robotic-assisted surgeries offer patients a minimally-invasive approach to many heart, GYN and urology procedures with benefits of faster recovery and less scaring.
In December 2009, Ogden Regional opened Utah’s only Cesarean Wing, a special addition to the Family Birth Place dedicated to mothers giving birth via C-section.
In 2010, Ogden Regional received accreditation as a designated Stroke Center of Excellence for outstanding care for patients experiencing stroke.
The Mount Benedict Monastery and the St. Benedict’s Foundation were both brought to an end in 2013 when the Sisters of St. Benedict were called to return to St. Joseph Minnesota, although the funds from the Foundation continued to be disbursed for many years.
But most importantly, the many patients and families who visited St. Benedict's Hospital and Ogden Regional Medical Center for healthcare over the years have uniquely and greatly benefited from the Sisters unwavering and unconditional love for them. Their considerable medical and managerial skills combined with unlimited compassion helped all who came in contact with them heal.
After more than 65 years of service to Northern Utah, the Sisters of St. Benedict continue to inspire those who worked with them to make our community a better place. Their tradition of caring and healing will never fade.
See for yourself just how the Sisters of St. Benedict founded our hospital.