Texarkana hospital dedicates statue to founders of Christus hospital system

TEXARKANA (KSLA) - A statue now sits in front of Christus St. Michael's Hospital in Texarkana, honoring the sisters who founded what is now known as the Christus hospital system.

The statue shows Sisters Blandine Mathelin, Joseph Roussin and Ange Escude, the first three sisters who came to Texas from France in 1886 after a plea for help from the U.S. At the time, Texas was in the middle of a yellow fever epidimic after the Civil War. The sisters went to Galveston and began the Sisters of the Incarnate Word, which was the beginnings of today's Christus hospital system.

The Sisters of the Incarnate Word first came to Texarkana in 1914.

The statue is located at the entrance to the hospital's emergency room.