“Providence Foundation supports the work that the Daughters of Charity began over a hundred years ago, and one of the greatest ways that they do that is by bringing the technology and services to Waco that we need to continue caring for the patients that trust Providence to provide that care.” – Erin Rogers

Providence Foundation’s The 1905 Campaign

In response to our community’s request, Providence was founded as Waco’s first hospital in 1905 by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, as a ministry to serve the community’s sick and vulnerable. The Daughters have lived and worked alongside the community, gracing us with their spiritual guidance, inspirational devotion and dedication to serve the most vulnerable among us.

Throughout their century of servant leadership, the Daughters of Charity have been instrumental in Providence’s evolution into the healthcare ministry we know today: one that provides a complete continuum of compassionate, high-quality healthcare for people we are privileged to serve. Under their leadership and guidance, Providence pioneered many of our community’s first healthcare services, including the first open heart surgery, the first stroke center and the first 3D mammogram technology.

While the Daughters of Charity have made the difficult decision to withdraw from the city of Waco in Spring 2017, ending their day-to-day ministry, they did so with complete faith that the community they served for over a century will continue their legacy of sacrificial service. Providence was founded by their faith over a century ago, and it is this exact faith that we call upon now to honor the legacy they have entrusted to us through The 1905 Campaign.

A Century of Firsts

1905

Waco’s first hospital

1906

Waco’s first school of nursing

1950

Waco’s first heart clinic

1952

Waco’s first psychiatric care facility

1973

Waco’s first open heart surgery

1982

Waco’s first coronary angioplasty

1987

Waco’s first hospital-sponsored home healthcare agency

1993

Waco’s first cardiac stent procedure performed

1997

Waco’s first Wound Care Center

1999

Waco’s first chest pain emergency room

2000

Waco’s first stroke center

2002

Waco’s first hospital-sponsored comprehensive long-term care facility

2008

Waco’s first Joint Commission-certified Primary Stroke Center

2011

Waco’s first accredited Chest Pain Center

2013

Waco’s first robotic surgery

2016

Waco’s first 3D mammogram technology