While decades ahead in medical technology, some of the present Providence Hospital is rooted in this original building, shown here in 1948. This view looks northeast along NE 47th Ave with NE Glisan just off to the right.
My neighborhood again! I live about a mile from there but right now I’m in Alaska between Palmer and Wasilla. I’ve been trying to find the history of the Providence medical system. Did it really start in Portland with Catholic nuns who used saws and axes to cut trees into boards and built their own hospital?
Hmmm…not sure about the saws and axes but Catholic nuns were predominate…the building to the East also contained a Catholic orphanage at one time…back in the late 40′s and 50′s…my brother and I were both adopted from that facility way back when! I even remember the name of one of the head nuns…Sister Delores!
I also remember being told that even kids born at St. Vincent’s were transferred to this Catholic facility because St. Vincent’s didn’t have the room or the staff to take care of the “unwanted” children born there. Kids were put up for adoption for any number of reasons, but Providence also had a large percentage of kids that were “given up” because they had either physical or mental disabilities that some parents simply couldn’t deal with…or didn’t want to deal with.