The Deaconess Heritage was planted in faith and health more than a century ago.The Deaconess Spirit abides in our work of creating conditions that support health and well-being for all people in Southern Illinois and Eastern Missouri.The Deaconess Spirit125 Years in MissionView PDF 1893A new Sisters’ home opens at 4117 West Belle Place. 1930Deaconess Hospital is dedicated at 6150 Oakland Avenue. 1943School of Nursing is established. 1956Deaconess Memorial Chapel is dedicated. 1989At Centennial, Deaconess establishes Deaconess Parish Nurse Ministries and publishes The Deaconess Heritage. 1997Deaconess Incarnate Word Health System is sold to Tenet Health System. 1998Deaconess begins grantmaking as health conversion foundation focusing on the children of the St. Louis community. 2004Deaconess Impact Partnership is created. 2010Sister Marie Lee, the last surviving Deaconess Sister, dies at the age of 100. 2014At 125th anniversary, Deaconess publishes The Deaconess Spirit: 125 Years in Mission and initiates advocacy approach. 2016Deaconess launches network of Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools. 2017Deaconess begins sponsoring Children Defense Fund Freedom Schools® 2017Just for Kids Anchor Institutions Program established. 2018Deaconess Center for Child Well-Being was consecrated and opened at 1000 Vandeventer Avenue.