A group of five Sisters and their leader, Mother M. Frances Krasse, journeyed to Bloomington, Illinois, from Peoria by horse-drawn wagon in February 1880 to establish a hospital for the sick and the poor. The Sisters opened St. Joseph's Hospital, which received its first patient on March 22, 1880.
The Sisters purchased a little more than five acres of land with a two-story brick mansion on Jackson Street in west Bloomington.
The medical center opened at its present location on East Washington Street.
1990 - OSF St. Joseph was the first hospital in McLean County to offer open heart surgery.
2008 - Proud to lead McLean County, OSF St. Joseph hosts the areas' first public drug disposal program.
2008 - Cost Reduction Technologies (CRT) equipment is installed at OSF St. Joseph Occupational Health to become the first in McLean County to offer this technology to measure workers' muscle strength and range of motion.
December 2008 - Became the first hospital in McLean County to achieve Magnet Recognition - the 18th in the state of Illinois. For more information on accreditations and certifications received by OSF St. Joseph, click here.
OSF St. Joseph Medical Center has evolved into a comprehensive medical center and is part of OSF Healthcare System, founded and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis.
OSF St. Joseph Medical Center has pioneered many medical advancements to benefit central Illinois residents. Those advancements include the area's first successful birth by cesarean section, nuclear medicine, hospital laser surgery, coil embolization, and anterior hip surgery. To read more about our "Central Illinois Firsts,"