Today, April 7, marks 100 years since Burke first opened its doors as the Winifred Masterson Burke Relief Foundation. Since that time, Burke has transformed from a convalescent home to a world-class rehabilitation hospital with an associated research center. Though the types of conditions treated may have changed over the years, we continue to stay true to our original mission: to ensure that every patient makes the fullest possible recovery from a debilitating illness or traumatic injury.
Burke will be celebrating this monumental milestone throughout the year with a number of activities and events that are open to the public. A few of our upcoming events include:
- Heels & Wheels, a 5K Road Race and Walk plus Kids Fun Run on May 3
- Centennial Burke Award Dinner on June 16
- Legacy Lobby Lecture series, with the next two lectures on May 6 and June 3
Plus, you can visit our Centennial Lobby Display any time from now until December in the lobby of the Wood Building (Building #7), where you’ll find artifacts from Burke’s earliest days—including benefactor John Masterson Burke’s pocket watch, original campus blueprints, photos, and more. You’ll also be able to check out our timeline, which highlights important moments from the last century.
We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has helped make Burke what it is today, including past patients, their families and friends. Thank you for your continued support and for inspiring us every day to strive to provide the best care possible.
You can learn more about Burke, our centennial events and share your own Burke story at www.burke.org/100years.