Erected IN 1885 and operated by the Sisters of St. Francis , St. Joseph's would eventually grow into a 1,212 bed Medical Center. In 1997 the hospital began a merger with Baptist Memorial Health Care. The property and buildings were sold to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. The buildings, except for a recently built Emergency Room annex which St. Jude converted into a Translational Trials Unit, were subsequently demolished to make room for an expansion. The merger between St. Joseph's and Baptist Memorial Health Care was completed in 1998 and the last patients were transferred to Baptist on November 17, 2000.