You can get to know a lot about people by knowing where
they come from, what they believe and what is important to
them. The same is true for organizations.
St. Catherine Hospital was founded by two pioneering physicians
and the Dominican Sisters over 70 years ago. They created
and maintained the spirit that has enabled St. Catherine
Hospital associates to develop a growing health care facility
unlike any other in southwest Kansas.
Dr. O.W. Miner and Dr. Charles Rewerts opened a one-room
Garden City Clinic in 1923. By 1931, capacity had grown to
45 beds and the Sisters of St. Dominic in Great Bend, Kansas,
purchased the clinic to care for patients and run St. Catherine
Hospital. In 1996, St. Catherine Hospital became an affiliate
of Catholic Health Initiatives, the largest Catholic not-for-profit
health organization in the country.
St. Catherine Hospital is licensed for 132 beds and is a
JCAHO-accredited regional health care center. Much has changed
from its 1923 beginnings. One can only imagine how awestruck
the founding physicians would be by the technology and sophistication
perhaps only dreamt of in their early days on the Kansas
As a health care leader, St. Catherine Hospital was one of
the first in the state to establish a Level II Neonatal Intensive
Care Unit and Mobile Lithotripsy. A state-of-the-art CAT
Scanner. PET Scanner, and MRI facility provide quality diagnostic
services. Our growing active medical staff currently includes
specialists in family practice, internal medicine, obstetrics
and gynecology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, orthopedics,
pathology, pediatrics, podiatry, psychiatry, pulmonary medicine,
oncology, radiology, general and thoracic surgery, and urology.
Educational affiliations include: Fort Hays State University
School of Radiologic Technology; student affiliates from
Wichita State University and Colby Community College in physical
therapy; surgical and internal medicine residents, students,
and nurse practitioner students from the University of Kansas;
respiratory therapy students from Seward County Community
College; pharmacy affiliates from the University of Kansas;
Fort Hays State University and Kansas Newman College nursing
programs; and the Garden City Community College School of
Nursing. Garden City is also one of six training sites for
the University of Kansas' Primary Care Education Program.
St. Catherine Hospital has a mission to heal
and promote good health -- a mission of excellence that is
the strength of our medical community.