Our History

Celebrating a Century of Caring 

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital recently celebrated a century of caring for you - our neighbors, friends and family members. In the more than 100 years that St. Mary's has been a part of the Southern Maryland community, our goal has remained the same.

We were established in 1912 by a group of seven founders to be a place where people could receive quality medical attention in a setting of comfort and caring. And while a great deal has changed in health care and medical technology, St. Mary's is still a place of compassionate, quality care that would make our founders proud.

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On these pages you'll find information about the events, publications, contests and more that we held to celebrate and commemorate our 100th birthday.

Centennial Video
This documentary style video features archival photographs, video footage, and interviews with physicians, employees, volunteers on the boards and administrators. 

Centennial Memorabilia 
From a hundred-year-in-the-making book to a history-filled deck of cards and centennial video, check out the memorabilia that tells our hospital's story in the words of physicians, associates, volunteers, administrators and others. 

Art & Essay Contest 
Meet the talented students who won the MedStar St. Mary's Art & Essay Contest. When MedStar St. Mary's announced the contest aimed at engaging our community's future generations, we received more than 100 submissions. View the essay winners.

Stories of Then & Now
Published in our newsletter written just for associates, The Pulse, the Then & Now series of articles highlights hospital associates who have been a valuable part of our history. Read their stories.

'Reflections' History Room

MedStar St. Mary's History Room, “Reflections,” hosts a collection of historical hospital memorabilia, opening its doors at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held Oct. 26, 2017. This new exhibit commemorates our 105 years in the community through photographs, newspaper clippings, uniforms and many other artifacts. The history room is dedicated to John W. Roache, MD, retired surgeon and local historian, who has served our community for more than 40 years. 

Peek into the past by visiting the newly-unveiled exhibit, open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily on the first floor of our main building. To speak with someone about donating items, please call 301-475-6001