Saint Alphonsus Medical Center Celebrating One Hundred and Twenty Five Years

By on Wednesday, September 21st, 2022 in More Top Stories Northeastern Oregon News

BAKER CITY – (Release from Saint Alphonsus) Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Baker City will hold a public event to celebrate the hospital’s 125 years of service to Baker City and communities throughout northeastern Oregon.  The celebration is scheduled for Saturday, October 8 at the Quail Ridge Golf Course in Baker City from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.

The festivities will include live music by Frank Carlson, a hospital heritage display, light refreshments, outdoor games and more.

“We are eager to share our story and celebrate with the Baker City and wider northeastern Oregon community,” said Dina Ellwanger, President of Saint Alphonsus – Baker City.  “Ever since five brave Sisters of Saint Francis of Philadelphia founded St. Elizabeth Hospital in 1897, we have been the trusted healthcare provider for generations of families in our area.  This public celebration is a chance to thank our community for their support and to look ahead as we meet the healthcare needs into the future.”

The current Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Baker City is actually the third hospital serving the community. The original St. Elizabeth’s was located at the corner of 2nd and Church Streets, and then its successor opened on 4th Street in 1915.  The community outgrew St. Elizabeth, and construction on a new facility on Pocahontas began in April 1969 and was completed in October 1970.  Several renovations later, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center – Baker City is a modern 25-bed critical access hospital, part of one of the largest Catholic healthcare systems in the country.

Over the years, the Baker City hospital has been recognized as a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital, and the Birth Center has been nationally certified as a Gold Safe Sleep Champion by the Cribs for Kids organization.

The public is encouraged to RSVP for the October 8 event by emailing Alicia Wolfe ( by Oct. 1.