- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 20, 2016

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A Eugene hospital has turned 80 years old.

The Register-Guard reports (https://is.gd/n1RI5V ) four nuns from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace bought the hospital for $50,000 in 1936.

Forty years later, the religious order formed a not-for-profit system, which became PeaceHealth in 1994.

Today, the hospital is known PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center University District. PeaceHealth also operates hospitals in Springfield, Cottage Grove, Florence, Washington and Alaska.

At a celebration Tuesday, people shared stories about Sacred Heart’s past, and hospital administrator Mary Anne McMurren bestowed blessings on attendees.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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