Through our exceptional health care services, we reveal the healing presence of God.
Inspired by our founding religious sisters, we value the sacredness and dignity of each person. These five values embody our heritage and ministry:
1. Compassion. We reach out with openness, kindness and concern.
2. Respect. We honor the wonder of the human spirit.
3. Excellence. We expect the best of ourselves and one another.
4. Stewardship. We use our resources responsibly.
5. Community. We cultivate relationships that inspire us to serve.
In 1898, two Sisters from the order of the Sisters of St. Francis set out from Maryville, Missouri to Oklahoma City, in search of money to support their local hospital. When they arrived on a spring day, they approached Father Lanslots of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church to petition his congregation for funds. He abided to their wish on one condition: that any money raised would go towards opening a hospital in Oklahoma City, as the newly established Territory did not have a hospital and its citizens were dying from lack of care. The Sisters agreed, and on August 1, 1898, they opened St. Anthony Hospital. That small house had twelve beds.
The need for healthcare grew with the city. In 1899, the Sisters moved St. Anthony to a larger facility. With twenty-five patient rooms, St. Anthony found its home just outside city limits, where the hospital still stands today.
As the hospital grew, the Sisters’ vision to provide service to those in need flourished. In 1940, the hospital expanded for the third time, to 250 beds. Its fourth expansion in the 60’s and fifth in the 70’s brought that number to 800.
In 1987, the Sisters of St. Francis expanded their vision of service, joining the Sisters of St. Mary to form the Franciscan Sisters of Mary. Also in 1987, St. Anthony joined SSM Health Care, an organization supported by the newly formed order. In 1998 and in 2004, St. Anthony demonstrated its commitment to service and quality by receiving the Oklahoma Quality Award for Excellence. In 2002, SSM Health Care became the first health care organization to receive the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. In 2010, SSM Health Care of Oklahoma, the region in which St. Anthony is a part, received the Oklahoma Quality Award for Excellence.
In 2003, St. Anthony renewed its commitment to the midtown area by announcing a 10-year, $220 million expansion and renovation. Now, with the hospital’s and the city’s efforts, Midtown Oklahoma City is thriving—much like it was in the hospital’s early days. St. Anthony’s most recent campus development activities include a new education center, cardiac emergency department, renovation of the Center for Behavioral Medicine, and many other facility and service enhancements for the benefit of its patients and the community.