Established in 1856, St. Vincent Medical Center is the oldest medical institution in Los Angeles and celebrated operating for 157 years on January 6, 2013. The hospital’s sisters have collected more than a century of hospital photos, medical records and artifacts to create a conservancy to share the hospital’s rich cultural history and its recollection of Los Angeles over the years.
The hospital began as a dirt-floor adobe hut near Olvera Street and has grown and flourished as one of the largest hospitals in the City, serving more than 2.9 million residents. Please read more about St. Vincent’s history below. If you’d like to schedule a tour of the Conservancy, we can have our sisters guide you through more than 150
years of Los Angeles’ history.