Hospital Damas was founded in 1863 as Santo Asilo de Damas by Sister Francisca Paz Cabrera, and it was attended to by the group known as Siervas de Maria (Servants of Mary) since 1891.
The hospital was located in downtown Ponce, but on 6 May 1973 it moved to its current location at a new 10-story tower on the north side of the Ponce By-Pass. The original location of Damas, as the current hospital is commonly called, is now home to Parque Urbano Dora Colón Clavell.
^Gerardo Alberto Hernández-Aponte, La salud y la labor social: ministerio de las Siervas de María Ministras de los Enfermos en Puerto Rico (1887-1921). Con prólogo de Norma Valle. San Juan, Puerto Rico: Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, 2013, pp. 51-55.