Mission & History

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The heart of Catholic Medical Center is to carry out Christ’s healing ministry by offering health, healing and hope to every individual who seeks our care.


The defining characteristics of CMC include:
  • Respect
  • Integrity
  • Compassion
  • Commitment


Guided by our Mission and Values, we are committed to becoming the finest customer experience, lowest cost and best outcome provider in the region.

Healthcare Equality

CMC condemns racism in our nation and will always strive to address racial injustices in our health care system and our community. CMC supports our providers, staff and leadership working together to promote equality and reject racism. We are committed to providing health, healing and hope to everyone who seeks our care.

CMC reaffirms its core values of compassion, human dignity and respect to all. We will strive to continuously improve diversity, equity and inclusion. We remain committed to healthy discussions and action throughout our system and communities. 

CMC does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex. 


The origin of Catholic Medical Center (CMC) is rooted in the devotion of religious community members wanting to provide healthcare to Manchester’s residents. The hospital’s story began in 1858 with the arrival of Mother Mary Gonzaga, one of the original Sisters of Mercy from Dublin, Ireland. Her dream was to establish a hospital sponsored by a religious community, and she accomplished her dream in 1892 with the opening of Sacred Heart Hospital, located in the center of New Hampshire’s Queen City of Manchester.

Sharing a similar dream was Monsignor Peter Hevey, pastor of St. Mary’s Parish, and the Sisters of Charity of St. Hyacinthe. They collaborated to open Notre Dame Hospital on the west side of Manchester in 1894. This location is the current site of CMC.

Through the years, both hospitals perpetuated the Catholic ethic by providing a place of comfort, care, and compassion, including a mission of caring for residents most in need. After decades of providing medical services separately, the two hospitals merged in 1974, forming CMC. With the dedication of a new building in 1978, the hospitals were able to combine resources and medical services, and strengthened the religious community’s ability to provide patient care in the spirit of Christ.

During the past four decades, CMC has become one of New Hampshire’s largest medical centers, dramatically expanding its services with a continual focus on delivering the highest quality healthcare. CMC is home to the New England Heart & Vascular Institute, a nationally-recognized leader in advanced cardiovascular services. Catholic Medical Center is proud to lead the region in medically advanced techniques and technologies to improve patient care. We’ve had a chance to mark several milestones by being the first in the state, first in New England or first in the country to offer innovative medical treatments and technologies.

Catholic Medical Center is grounded in a solid foundation and maintains the mission of its founders, providing health, healing and hope to all in the spirit of its Catholic traditions. We look forward to being able to serve you.

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