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Jourdanton in Atascosa County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Mercy Hospital

 
 
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By Brian Anderson, February 17, 2019
1. Mercy Hospital Marker
Inscription.  As transportation increased through Atascosa County with the creation of major highways, the number of vehicular accidents and fatalities increased. In 1952, thirteen fatalities and many serious injuries were reported as the "bloodiest year" in Atascosa County history. The need for a hospital became critical, as the two small hospitals in Poteet and Pleasanton were incapable of handling major trauma and complex surgical procedures.

Ground was broken on a new hospital after a huge community and county effort to match a Federal grant. Fundraisers were held weekly for two years to raise the funds. An open house of the state-of-the-art facility took place on December 30, 1956, on land donated by the Whitfield family in Mr. Ray Whitfield's memory. The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and Incarnate Word of Victoria agreed to manage the hospital. These sisters worked and lived at the hospital for very little pay until 1987. To meet the demand for nurses, the Mercy Hospital School of Vocational Nursing was established in 1968.

In the 1980s, another management group took over the operation of the hospital, changing the name to Tri-City
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By Brian Anderson, February 17, 2019
2. Mercy Hospital Marker
Community Hospital. After South Texas Regional Medical Center was opened in March of 2000 at another location, the original facility was abandoned. The building was demolished in 2012 to make way for the new Jourdanton Municipal Complex. Bricks from the old Mercy Hospital building were given to anyone who wanted them. The devotion of the people from all over Atascosa County and their efforts made Mercy Hospital worthy of its name that more may live.
 
Erected 2015 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18263.)
 
Location. 28° 55.463′ N, 98° 32.135′ W. Marker is in Jourdanton, Texas, in Atascosa County. Marker is on State Highway 97, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located in front of the Jourdanton City Hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1604 TX-97, Jourdanton TX 78026, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Jourdan Campbell (here, next to this marker); Jourdanton (here, next to this marker); Ralph Roy Smith (here, next to this marker); St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Atascosa County Courthouse (approx. 0.7 miles away); Atascosa County
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(approx. 0.7 miles away); a different marker also named Atascosa County Courthouse (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old Atascosa County Jail (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jourdanton.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on February 22, 2019. This page originally submitted on February 21, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on February 21, 2019, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas.
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