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Toledo in Lucas County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Mercy Hospital of Toledo / Mercy Hospital School of Nursing

 
 
Mercy Hospital of Toledo side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, April 30, 2021
1. Mercy Hospital of Toledo side of the marker
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Mercy Hospital of Toledo. In late 1911, the Right Reverend Joseph Schrembs, Toledo's first Bishop, corresponded with Sister Mary Bernardine McMullen and two companions, Sister Mary Anthony McMullen and Sister Mary DeChantel Lyons, and asked them to come to Toledo to establish the second of three Catholic hospitals in the new diocese. Land was purchased in 1916 on the corner of Madison Avenue and 23rd Street to build what would become a seven-story hospital. Noted Chicago architect, Meyer J. Sturm, was hired to design and construct the hospital using up-to-date methods of hospital construction. Costing approximately $300,000, Mercy Hospital of Toledo was completed in 1918. Bishop Schrembs dedicated and blessed the hospital on June 21 in a grand ceremony involving clergy of the diocese and the Mercy Hospital Guild as guests of honor.

Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. Shortly before its dedication, Mercy Hospital of Toledo was inundated by patients suffering from the worst pandemic the world had known, the 1918 Spanish Influenza. Possibly more than 55 million people worldwide died from this flu. From a population of
Mercy Hospital School of Nursing side of the marker image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, April 30, 2021
2. Mercy Hospital School of Nursing side of the marker
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240,000, The Toledo Blade reported 30,000 citizens suffered from this flu and 1,140 died. As the pandemic worsened, there was a recognized shortage of trained nurses in Toledo. The Mercy Hospital School of Nursing opened in 1918 and enrolled the first class of ten students. Nurses in training studied both theoretical and clinical curriculum established by the Ohio State Board of Nursing. On August 30, 1921, less than a year after the pandemic ran its course, the first class of ten students, including two Sisters of Mercy, graduated. Over the next seventy-six years, the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing graduated 2,921 nurses.
 
Erected 2008 by Mercy College of Northwest Ohio and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 53-48.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationScience & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical date for this entry is June 21, 1918.
 
Location. 41° 39.58′ N, 83° 33.155′ W. Marker is in Toledo, Ohio, in Lucas County. Marker is at the intersection of Madison Avenue and 23rd Street, on the right when traveling east on Madison Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 222 23rd St, Toledo OH 43604, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Chartered Girl Scout Council in the United States
Mercy Hospital of Toledo / Mercy Hospital School of Nursing Marker image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, April 30, 2021
3. Mercy Hospital of Toledo / Mercy Hospital School of Nursing Marker
The marker is at the corner of the property.
(approx. 0.4 miles away); Toledo Museum of Art (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Congregational Church (approx. half a mile away); Willys-Overland Finishing Plant (approx. half a mile away); Art Tatum (approx. 0.6 miles away); Toledo's Memorial Hall Cornerstone (approx. ¾ mile away); Toledo's First High School / Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (approx. 0.8 miles away); The First Y's Men's Club (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Toledo.
 
A view of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing from Madison Avenue image. Click for full size.
By J.T. Lambrou, April 30, 2021
4. A view of Mercy Hospital School of Nursing from Madison Avenue
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 5, 2021. It was originally submitted on May 1, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. This page has been viewed 33 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 1, 2021, by J.T. Lambrou of New Boston, Michigan. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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