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Mark G. Midei
After 150 years, aim of St. Joseph hospital in Towson is still compassionate care
After 150 years, aim of St. Joseph hospital in Towson is still compassionate care

When Sister Evelyn Grudza came to Baltimore 55 years ago, there were 45 women from her order living in the St. Clare convent adjacent to St. Joseph Hospital in Towson who staffed the hospital, she said, from the chief executive officer to the nurse manager to nutritionists to housekeepers. No Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia live on campus today and there are only five sisters, including Grudza, who work at what is now known as the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. But Grudza, who volunteers in the hospital's Spiritual Care Department and oversees 55 other volunteers, said it is more critical than ever to bring a "presence" of the three Franciscan...

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