our history

For more than 40 years, St. Mary's Hospital has served the healthcare needs of central Virginia. From its modest beginnings in 1966 with 169 beds and 250 employees, St. Mary's today enjoys the services of more than 1,000 physicians, supported by nearly 3,000 full- and part-time employees in a not-for-profit facility, licensed for 391 beds.

award-winning services

Situated in Richmond's West End and regarded as a Richmond mainstay, St. Mary's earned national honors in 2008 with Magnet Recognition® for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Only about 6 percent of hospitals in the United States have achieved this elite honor, and St. Mary's is the first community hospital in Richmond to become Magnet.

St. Mary's ranks in the top 10 percent of America's hospitals for emergency care and has received national recognition for its Joint Replacement Center. St. Mary's has received the Gold Seals of Approval by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) as a Primary Stroke Center and for Disease-Specific Certifications for Congestive Heart Failure and Acute Myocardial Infarction (heart attack). St. Mary's is a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, as named by the American Society for Bariatric Surgery, and was named by Style Weekly as the "Best place in Richmond to have a baby."

a growing health system

St. Mary's Hospital is part of the Bon Secours Richmond Health System, a faith based, not-for-profit healthcare system. The health system operates three additional area hospitals — Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center — and provides a variety of healthcare services to central Virginia.

mission and legacy

St. Mary's heritage dates back almost 200 years. In 1824, in Paris, amidst the devastation following the French Revolution, a group of 12 women came together to form the congregation of the Sisters of Bon Secours, French for "good help." The sisters' purpose was to nurse the sick and dying in their homes.

In 1881, the Sisters of Bon Secours arrived in the United States where they continued their work of visiting the poor, the sick and the dying in their homes. Over time, they built a multi-state network of hospitals, long-term care facilities and healthcare services that includes Bon Secours Virginia.

All preserved the Bon Secours Catholic tradition of providing compassionate, quality healthcare services to those in need, especially the poor and dying.

St. Mary’s to Share Results of Planning Charrette with Neighbors

When:  September 16th at 7 p.m.
Where: St. Mary’s Hospital Auditorium, 5801 Bremo Road

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What is a Charrette?

Purpose of the Charrette

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