Our History

St. Mary's/Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics History

Through the years we have helped generation after generation reach better health. Our organization has been striving to serve the needs of our region since we were established. We here at St. Mary's/Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics are loyal to our community and will continue to strive for excellence in healthcare.

In February, 1998, Clearwater Valley Hospital & Clinics in Orofino, ID. and St. Mary's Hospital and Clinics in Cottonwood, ID. formed a partnership through the Benedictine Health System based in Duluth, Minnesota to form a regional health care system. We share a joint management team, exchange staff, enter into joint service and purchasing contracts and support one another in carrying out the mission of the Essentia Health (formerly Benedictine Health System).
As a part of our health care mission, both St. Mary's and Clearwater Valley Hospitals acquired or established satellite medical clinics in Kamiah, Kooskia, Nezperce, Craigmont, Pierce, Cottonwood, Grangeville and Orofino. They hosted close to 45,000 patient visits last year.

What Our Patients Have To Say....

"SMHC was very speedy, I was very surprised by the efficiency, service, and care of a small clinic in the middle of nowhere, I have seen many others, this one is the best."

"The CVHC doctors do not seem rushed and they listened to all of my questions and concerns and answered them all too!"

Being part of the community has been an important goal throughout the years, and with your help and loyalty we can continue to provide health services that you can depend on.