CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital celebrated its 108th anniversary today with a St. Patrick’s Day Mass in the Convent Chapel at 11 a.m. and the annual Grace Gardens Brick Dedication and Blessing Ceremony at Noon.

The hospital’s anniversary marks 108 years of delivering dignity, integrity, excellence, compassion and stewardship in healthcare through a mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

The Grace Gardens Brick Dedication and Blessing is celebrated annually on the hospital’s anniversary. Located by the Convent Chapel, Grace Gardens is a quiet, green space with fountains and benches where people can sit meditate and experience God’s healing presence and love. The CHRISTUS St. Patrick Foundation offers the community the opportunity to honor or remember loved ones by purchasing etched bricks that are placed in Grace Gardens and presented to the community during the dedication ceremony.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick was the first hospital in Lake Charles and was dedicated on St. Patrick’s Day in 1908 as St. Patrick Sanitarium, with 50 beds, an operating room and a sterilizing room. The name was later changed to CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital, which has continued its tradition of dedication and quality medical care for 108 years.