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Founders of Children's Mercy Hospital

Dr. Alice Berry Graham Dr. Katharine Berry Richardson

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., February 15, 2013
1. Founders of Children's Mercy Hospital Marker
Inscription.

Dr. Alice Berry Graham
Born: Warren, Pennsylvania 1850
Died: Kansas City, Missouri 1913


Dr. Katharine Berry Richardson
Born: Flat Rock, Kentucky 1860
Died: Kansas City, Missouri 1933


This bridge honors the lives and legacies of Dr. Alice Berry Graham and her sister, Dr. Katharine Berry Richardson, founders of the Children's Mercy Hospital. In an age where very few women were in the medical profession, Katharine attended medical school in Pennsylvania while her sister, Alice worked as a teacher and paid her expenses. After graduation, Katharine supported Alice as she went to dental school. Katharine moved to Wisconsin to start her practice. They both married. After Alice became a widow, she moved West to be with her sister. They moved to Kansas City about 1893.

In 1897, after rescuing and caring for an abused crippled child, the sisters devoted themselves to treating children no matter if there was payment for services or not. They established a "Free Bed Fund" to rent bed space at the Women's and Children's Hospital at 15th and Cleveland. Alice raised money [f]or the Fund and Katharine provided surgical and medical care. In 1904, they opened their own hospital at 414 Highland with the official name of "Mercy Hospital."

After Dr. Graham died in 1914 her sister
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By William Fischer, Jr., February 15, 2013
2. Founders of Children's Mercy Hospital Marker
Looking SE across Gladstone Boulevard
continued the work they had started. Dr. Richardson placed the following citation on the cornerstone of the new Mercy Hospital building which opened in 1916 at 1710 Independence Avenue: "In 1897 Dr. Alice Berry Graham founded this hospital for sick and crippled children, to be forever non-sectarian, non-local and for those who cannot pay." Dr. Richardson ran the hospital, raised money for its operation, and treated patients there, acquiring a staff of physicians and surgeons who volunteered their time. Dr. Richardson lived on Clinton Place in the northeast area of town and probably used this bridge on her trips to and from the hospital.

Dr. Richardson also established a pediatric training program for black doctors and nurses at the Wheatley-Provident Hospital, a hospital for black patients. She died in 1933.

Children's Mercy Hospital moved to 2401 Gillham Road in 1970.
 
Erected by Kansas City, Missouri Board of Parks and Recreation Commissioners.
 
Location. 39° 6.709′ N, 94° 32.751′ W. Marker is in Kansas City, Missouri, in Jackson County. Marker is at the intersection of Gladstone Boulevard and Anderson Avenue, on the left when traveling north on Gladstone Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Kansas City MO 64124, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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3. Image of Children's Mercy Hospitalon Founders Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Gladstone Boulevard Bridge over Anderson Avenue (a few steps from this marker); Scarritt Point Neighborhood (approx. 0.4 miles away); Scarritt Point (approx. 0.4 miles away); Independence Boulevard (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Independence Boulevard (approx. half a mile away); Holy Rosary's Bell Tower Cross (approx. 1.5 miles away); Ms. Myra Taylor (approx. 1.7 miles away); Kansas City Call (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kansas City.
 
Also see . . .
1. History of Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City. (Submitted on March 25, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Women in Health Sciences Bios. (Submitted on March 25, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Children's Mercy Hospital Collection at Kansas City Public Library. (Submitted on March 25, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Dr. Alice Berry Graham
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Dr. Katharine Berry Richardson
Gladstone Boulevard Bridge over Anderson Avenue image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., February 15, 2013
6. Gladstone Boulevard Bridge over Anderson Avenue
Re-named in honor of the Founders of Children's Mercy Hospital
<i> Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.</i> image. Click for full size.
Postcard by Hall Bros., circa 1922
7. Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, Mo.
The caption on the back of the card reads, "Mercy Hospital, a charitable institution for crippled orphans. Over 6,500 unfortunate children are taken care of yearly."
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 25, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 502 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on March 25, 2013, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   7. submitted on September 5, 2015.
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