Mother Emilie Caron, superior general of the Sisters of Providence, returns to Missoula and founds what is now Providence St. Patrick Hospital.

According to a history of the hospital written by Sister Helen Mason in 1997, the Sisters of Providence had started a mission in St. Ignatius in 1864. The year before the hospital was started, Caron was called to visit the mission, stopping in Missoula during her journey to meet with locals eager to have a new mission founded in town, along with a hospital.

Land for the new mission was secured, and $1,500 for the church, school and hospital was raised. According to Mason, it was named St. Patrick at the insistence of local Irish residents.

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