The orchard of impossible dreams bears fruit...40 years in South County.
The old St. Anthony’s Hospital, Grand Boulevard and Chippewa Street.
St. Louis Archbishop John Cardinal Carberry, left, and Robert F. Hyland, Jr. officiate at the medical center’s 1971 groundbreaking. In the background, Leroy Ortmeyer, M.D., can be seen at far right. Aug. 2, 1971
Another view of the groundbreaking for the new St. Anthony's. Aug. 2, 1971.
Patrons at the groundbreaking cool off in the shade.
A new medical center rises.
Dedication ceremonies for the new medical center in 1975 included entertainers Lorne Greene, left, and Mercedes McCambridge. With them is Robert F. Hyland, Jr., president of St. Anthony’s Board of Directors. June 27, 1975
Personnel from Scott Air Force base helped transfer patients from old to new St. Anthony’s in 1975.
Patients are loaded into ambulances for the journey to South County. Note the vehicle style: many ambulances were modified hearses.
An early view of the medical center, with medical office building A adjacent.
Demolition of old St. Anthony's, June 24, 1975.
Demolition of Old St. Anthony's at Grand and Chippewa. June 24, 1975.
Hyland Center, a treatment facility for adult alcoholism/drug dependency, opens in 1977.
Anthony House, a 240-bed skilled nursing facility, opens in 1977.
The Emergency Department offers new course taught be physicians to train emergency medical technicians (EMTs) for ambulance service to area hospitals in 1978.
SAMC's Explorer Scout troop for youth interested in health careers organized in 1980.
Carrara marble statue of St. Anthony arrives from Italy and is installed outside main entrance in 1982.
Major expansion completed, adds three floors and 215 new patient beds and doubles size of Emergency Department in 1982.
The dedication program said the ceremony represented "the fulfillment of the impossible dream." "We did it," says Joe Lipic, "It's a major medical center now, and it's really phenomenal."