“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Slaton in Lubbock County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, April 28, 2014
1. Mercy Hospital Marker
Inscription.  For more than 50 years, Mercy Hospital served the health needs of the Slaton community. In 1927, Msgr. Thomas D. O'Brien, then rector of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, joined with a delegation of Slaton citizens to plan a new hospital. Father O'Brien invited the Sisters of Mercy, a national Catholic charity organization, to build and operate the facility. The Slaton Chamber of Commerce conducted a financial campaign for the hospital, and with the help of Slaton businessmen, railroad company officials and employees, and other citizens, property was purchased and initial capital was collected. Brennan Construction Company which of Amarillo completed a four-story building which was dedicated on November 27, 1929.

The hospital struggled at first; a benefactor did not contribute a promised gift, leaving the hospital with tremendous debt going into the great depression. In addition, during the 1930s the population of Slaton decreased, banks closed and doctors moved away. However, the Sisters of Mercy endured and the hospital repaid most of its debt by 1944. And a convent was added in 1952. By the late 1960s, the patient count started
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to dwindle, and in 1971, the Sisters of Mercy turned over control of the facility as the Slaton Memorial Foundation was established. In 1985, Mercy Hospital closed, and the Lubbock Catholic Diocese has since used the building for other purposes.

Throughout its existence, Mercy Hospital was an essential healthcare provider in Slaton. Many residents, including employees of the Santa Fe Railroad Company, received patient care at the facility. Today, Mercy Hospital's legacy is of a medical facility that provided for critical needs of the Slaton community for 56 years.
Erected 2009 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 15841.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public WorkChurches & ReligionScience & MedicineSettlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1911.
Location. 33° 26.016′ N, 101° 39.339′ W. Marker is in Slaton, Texas, in Lubbock County. Marker is at the intersection of South 19th Street and West Division Street, on the right when traveling south on South 19th Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 905 South 19th Street, Slaton TX 79364, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Slaton Bakery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Slaton (approx. ¾ mile away); Engine 1809
Mercy Hospital Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, April 28, 2014
2. Mercy Hospital Marker
(approx. 0.8 miles away); Slaton Volunteer Fire Department (approx. 0.8 miles away); Englewood Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Slaton Harvey House (approx. 1.2 miles away); Immanuel Lutheran Church (approx. 4.6 miles away); Ransom Canyon (approx. 6.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Slaton.
Mercy Hospital image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, April 28, 2014
3. Mercy Hospital
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 11, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 695 times since then and 103 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 11, 2014, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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