Tag Archives: St. Mary’s Health System

Maine celebrates National Nurses Week May 6-12

Merci to nurses.

In Lewiston, the St. Mary’s Hospital was a primary source of health care for Androscoggin County, founded by the “Gray Nuns”, who came to the community from Monreal, Canada, for the purpose of providing social services and a hospital to support Franco-Canadian immigrants and Franco-Americans. Many Franco-American registered nurses were trained in the diploma program […]

Franco-American nursing history

History of St. Mary's Health System

Two important Franco-American contributions to Maine’s nursing history are documented, during National Nurses Week. The national and annual recognition of nurses coincides with Mother’s Day, and also with the birthday of Florence Nightingale (May 12, 1820 – August 13, 1910). In fact, Nightingale raised the Victorian era’s public awareness about the importance of nursing education, […]