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Hyden in Leslie County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Mary Breckinridge

Founder of Frontier Nursing Service

 
 
Mary Breckinridge Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 24, 2015
1. Mary Breckinridge Marker
Inscription.
Historical Chronology
  1. Born February 17 in Memphis, Tennessee
  2. Graduated from St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing in New York City
  3. Married and lived in Arkansas
  4. Daughter, Polly, died shortly after birth
  5. Son, Breckie, died at age four
  6. Worked in France with the American Committee for Devastated France, studied the work of nurse-midwives in addressing health issues facing mothers and babies
  7. Traveled on horseback through the mountains of Southeastern Kentucky surveying families on healthcare needs
  8. Graduated as a nurse-midwife from British Hospital for Mothers and Babies in London, England
  9. Founded the Kentucky Committee for Mothers and Babies to provide professional healthcare to Eastern Kentucky
    With a staff of six nurse-midwives trained in England and Scotland, established the first clinic in Hyden
  10. Name of the organization was changed to Frontier Nursing Service
    Hyden Hospital, first hospital in Leslie County, was completed and dedicated
  11. Established the Frontier School of Midwifery and Family Nursing, the first school in the United States to certify nurse-midwives
  12. Died on May 16 at Wendover
  13. Mary Breckinridge Statue image. Click for full size.
    By Duane Hall, May 24, 2015
    2. Mary Breckinridge Statue
    Mary Breckinridge Hospital was completed and dedicated
  14. Inducted into the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame
  15. Inducted into National Women's Hall of Fame

 
Location. 37° 9.741′ N, 83° 22.653′ W. Marker is in Hyden, Kentucky, in Leslie County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 80 and Kate Ireland Drive, on the right when traveling west on State Highway 80. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Hyden KY 41749, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Redbud Capital of the World (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leslie County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Finley Mine Disaster Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sgt. Willie Sandlin (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mothers and Babies (approx. 0.2 miles away); Leslie County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hurricane Creek Miner Memorial (approx. 2.8 miles away); Hurricane Creek Mine Disaster (approx. 2.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Hyden.
 
Also see . . .  Mary Carson Breckinridge - Wikipedia entry. (Submitted on June 14, 2015.)
 
Categories. Science & Medicine
 
Mary Breckinridge Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 24, 2015
3. Mary Breckinridge Plaza
Located at northeast corner of intersection of Highway 80 and Kate Ireland Drive
View to East Towards Downtown Hyden image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 24, 2015
4. View to East Towards Downtown Hyden
Procedure for Midwifery Saddlebags<br>After Home Delivery image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 24, 2015
5. Procedure for Midwifery Saddlebags
After Home Delivery
Tablet located near marker in Mary Breckinridge Plaza
Mary Breckinridge Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, May 24, 2015
6. Mary Breckinridge Plaza
Located near marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 14, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 14, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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