Health Care Hall of Fame Past Inductees
Mother Elizabeth Ann Seton
Inducted in 1988
The daughter of Richard Bayley, the first health officer of New York, Seton had healthcare in her blood. Her love of public charity led to her commitment to healthcare. Eventually, she would become the first U.S. citizen to be canonized. Seton converted to Catholicism after her husband died on a trip to Italy. After his death, Seton moved her family from New York to Baltimore and established the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph in Emmitsburg, which would become a Catholic network that would eventually include schools, orphanages, hospitals, child-care centers and nurseries. Two years after her death, the sisters began their first formal health service at the Baltimore Infirmary, a public institution of the University of Maryland. This was the first time a religious community was involved in the institutional care of the sick in this country.