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Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital


Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital is a faith-based, not-for-profit, locally owned community hospital committed to the highest levels of excellence in providing health care and health-related services in a caring environment. As a member of Saint Luke’s Health System, we are committed to enhancing the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the communities we serve.


The best place to get care. The best place to give care.


  • Chief Executive Officer – Adele Ducharme, R.N., M.S.N., M.B.A., FACHE
  • Chief Financial Officer – Julie Murphy
  • Chief Nursing Officer – Karin Sundblom, R.N., B.S.N., M.S.N.

Harriet Cushing: The story of Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital

Harriett CushingIn 1865, at the close of the Civil War, Harriet Cushing and her husband moved to Leavenworth, Kan. They saw homeless and fatherless victims of the war and decided to build an orphanage. The orphanage turned into the Home of the Friendless in 1868 – and, as the name implied, was a refuge for many weary souls. As she continued serving this growing population, Mrs. Cushing saw the need for hospital facilities. She put together a small band of workers and established the hospital in 1894.

At the time of her death in 1897, Harriet Cushing was a leader among Kansas women, having spent much of her life as a philanthropist, suffragette, and health care champion. To this day, Cushing’s mission is to provide high quality medical care to every patient, through a genuine spirit of caring and respect.

Saint Luke's Health System acquired Cushing Memorial Hospital in 2006 and renamed it Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital in 2013. Cushing is accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations and is licensed for 54 beds.

Learn more about Cushing's history.