Mercy Milestones - Student Version
Helping sick people for more than 100 years
In February 1891, the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother build a hospital in Oshkosh. They name the hospital "St. Mary’s."
People do not want to use the hospital. The nuns beg for money. Soon people learn it is a good hospital, and so many people come to the hospital that the nuns cannot fit them all.
Ground is broken for the new St. Mary’s Hospital. The building will fit 25 to 35 patients.
An addition and new chapel are built on to the hospital. The hospital will now fit 85 patients.
The nuns buy Lakeside Hospital from Dr. M.E. Corbett. They give it a new name: Mercy Hospital.
Ground is broken for an addition to Mercy Hospital. It adds a north wing, chapel, convent, new powerhouse and laundry.
A five-story nursing school is built. Students can live at the school.
Mercy Hospital is given an award. It is called a class "A" hospital by the American College of Surgeons and the American Medical Association.
Red Cross volunteers begin to work at Mercy Hospital.
Mercy’s School of Nursing is given an award from the National Nursing Accrediting Program.
The hospital grows again. Three new parts of the building add operating rooms, patient rooms and offices.
Mercy Hospital adds a nuclear medicine lab.
Mercy Hospital and the Marion Home come together to form Mercy Medical Center.
Mercy Medical Center Foundation is started.
A new surgery intensive care unit opens at Mercy Medical Center.
The Hospice Program begins, and a room is added to the hospital where babies can be born.
Mercy Medical Center adds a new CT scanner.
The hospital gets new tools for eye surgery.
The hospital starts helping people with drug and alcohol problems and heart problems.
Mercy Medical Center becomes the first hospital in the state to start a program for helping women check for breast cancer.
Mercy Medical Center gets more computer tools, called MRI.
1991 – Mercy celebrates 100 years of helping people.
Mercy Medical Center starts doing open-heart surgery. Later in the year, they start building the Mercy-Oakwood Medical Center.
Mercy-Oakwood Medical Center is done. It has doctors' offices to help people with special health problems.
Mercy Medical Center and St. Elizabeth Hospital join to form Affinity Health System.
The nuns start building a new hospital.
The new hospital opens.