Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1880, Saint Joseph’s facility is Atlanta's oldest hospital. Today, the 410-bed, acute-care facility is recognized as one of the top specialty-referral hospitals in the Southeast. Saint Joseph’s Hospital is a leader among Georgia health-care providers, respected for its expertise, innovation in health-care delivery and quality of care. While discussions of health frequently focus on competition and managed costs, Saint Joseph’s has not lost sight of the people behind the numbers or its mission to serve those most in need.

Saint Joseph's Mercy Care Services provides primary health care, education and social services to thousands of Atlanta’s underserved population each year through two free-standing healthcare clinics (Mercy Clinic Downtown on Decatur Street and Mercy Clinic North located in the Northeast Shopping Plaza on Buford Highway), as well as a mobile clinic and five vans at nearly 20 sites throughout metro Atlanta.

Our Culture

Founded in 1880 by the Sisters of Mercy, a religious order originally founded in Dublin, Ireland by Catherine McAuley to “...serve the poor, sick and uneducated”, Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital continues to be sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy to this day. It was the first medical facility established in Atlanta, with a mission to “further the healing ministry of the Church and the Sisters of Mercy”. As such, the Mission of Saint Joseph’s Hospital is to improve the well-being of the communities served by promoting health and providing health-related services.

The values of the Sisters of Mercy permeate these efforts, which includes serving with compassion and clinical excellence, as well as recognizing the intrinsic dignity and value of all persons, both those served and those who serve. To “relieve misery and address its causes”, as well as to “give tangible expression to Christ’s merciful love toward all who suffer or are in need”, are values at the heart of the culture operationalized at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital.

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