Kansas City in Jackson County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Founders of Children's Mercy Hospital
Dr. Alice Berry Graham • Dr. Katharine Berry Richardson
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
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. 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. 1½ 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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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 559 times since then and 35 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.