The 1950s brought many advances – the color TV, the polio vaccine, seat belts and NASA – as well as unrest, including the Korean War and the fight for Civil Rights. In Portage, Wisconsin, upon the urging of the community and state health officials, St. Savior (who would become Divine Savior Hospital and Nursing Home in 1954) embarked upon an expansion on a scale that had not been seen before in the community. The $1 million renovation allowed for more rooms, and modern updates to surgery, recovery and X-ray among other services.

Hospital Meets Rigid Standards

Nearly three years ago the Sisters of Divine Savior were notified that a goal long cherished by the hospital staff had finally been realized.

Word was received from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals of the United States and Canada that Divine Savior hospital was fully accredited by the Commission.




"This is an institution dedicated to the cause of alleviating suffering and for the benefit of mankind."

– Rev. DeJong



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