Founded in 1838, the Pallottine Missionary Society was created to assist Roman Priest, Vincent Pallotti, with his life’s mission of service the sick and poor. The first Pallottine Sisters made their way to the United States in 1912, passing the wreckage of the Titanic, as their own ship made it’s way safety between the icebergs.
In 1920, they were invited to open a hospital in Buckhannon, West Virginia. Four Sisters followed the call on February 15, 1921, purchased the beautiful Barlow estate on a hilltop overlooking the town. “The Overlook” consisted of a four-story wooden building faced with yellow brick on nine acres of land. The rather large private home was converted into an eight-bed hospital and convent for the Sisters with the help of good friends and benefactors.
Over the past 100 years, St. Joseph’s Hospital has developed from an eight-bed hospital to a medical community dedicated to serving the needs of the residents of central West Virginia.
St. Joseph’s Hospital remains committed to its mission with an ever-vigilant focus on its Christ values. In the fall of 2015, the Pallottine Missionary Sisters transferred sponsorship of the hospital to United Hospital Center and WVU Medicine. The driving force behind the transaction is to continue to deliver the highest quality care in the most cost effective and efficient manner. By joining forces with UHC and WVU Medicine, St. Joseph’s Hospital ensures its long-term visibility for the community.
We are inspired by the love of Christ to provide our community with quality healthcare in ways which respect the God-given dignity of each person
and the sacredness of human life.
St. Joseph’s Hospital will be the best small-town hospital in West Virginia.
Our Values: are the guiding principles for all our actions. They reflect our beliefs and our aspirations, and provide stability in a time of change. At St. Joseph’s, a strong belief in our core values is interwoven into the fabric of our culture. These values reflect what we stand for, what we expect from ourselves and each other, and what we aspire to be. Our values will guide us as we continue our tradition of excellence and dedication to heal all we touch.