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Sisters of St. Joseph Orange

St. Joseph Health is a ministry of The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, who trace their roots back to 17th Century France and the unique vision of a Jesuit priest named Jean-Pierre Medaille.

Medaille sought to organize an order of religious women who, rather than remaining sagely cloistered in a convent, would venture out into the community, seek out "the dear neighbor," and minister to their needs. The congregation managed to survive the turbulence of the French Revolution and eventually expanded, not only throughout France, but throughout the world.

In 1912, a small contingent of the Sisters of St. Joseph came to Eureka, California at the invitation of the local bishop to establish a school. A few years later, the great influenza epidemic of 1918 caused the Sisters to temporarily abandon their education efforts to care for the sick in their homes. They realized immediately that the small community desperately needed a hospital. In 1920, the sisters opened a 28-bed St. Joseph Hospital of Eureka-- and their new health care ministry was born.

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Our Core Values


We respect each person as an inherently valuable member of the human community and as a unique expression of life.


We bring together people who recognize that every interaction is a unique opportunity to serve one another, the community and society.


We advocate for systems and structures that are attuned to the needs of the vulnerable and disadvantaged and that promote a sense of community among all persons.


We foster personal and professional development, accountability, innovation, teamwork and commitment to quality.