Our History

Syracuse's first hospital, St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center was founded 1869 by five Sisters of St. Francis. The Sisters converted an old dance hall and bar into a 15-bed hospital to begin their mission of compassionate care for those who need it most.

Throughout the years, St. Joseph's has become an integral part of the city of Syracuse and the surrounding communities we serve, which are found in 16 counties across Upstate New York.

Today, St. Joseph's is a 431-bed hospital and health center serving nearly 25,000 inpatient visitors and more than 580,000 outpatient encounters each year. In addition to providing general medical and surgical care, St. Joseph's offers several specialty services, including hemodialysis, maternity services, a separate birth center, emergency care, intensive care, wound care, dental services, suicide prevention and certified home health care.

St. Joseph's is nationally recognized for quality, including Magnet Recognition for Excellence in Nursing from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, 10-time winner of the Consumer Choice Award from National Research Corporation, and consistently high ratings from HealthGrades for cardiac and orthopedic services.

These accolades are a testament to St. Joseph's unwavering commitment to providing the communities we serve with a higher level of care - both now and for generations to come.

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