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100 Year History

The origin of Catholic Medical Center 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 Catholic Medical Center.

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 Catholic Medical Center. 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 three decades, Catholic Medical Center (or “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 Institute, the proud site of the State’s first open heart surgery in 1978 and a leader in advanced cardiovascular services. In 2002 the hospital was one of the first in New England to use a state-of-the-art robotic surgical system for minimally invasive procedures, and continues to lead the region in medically advanced techniques and technology that improve patient care.

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 acquainting you.
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Our Mission
"The heart of Catholic Medical Center is to provide health, healing and hope in a manner that offers innovative high quality services, compassion, and respect for the human dignity of every individual who seeks or needs our care as part of Christ's healing ministry through the Catholic Church."