About Childrens Mercy Hospital
Childrens Mercy Hospital is a 354-bed comprehensive pediatric medical center in Kansas City, Missouri that integrates clinical care, research and medical education to provide care for patients ages birth to 21. The hospitals primary service area covers a 150-county area in Missouri and Kansas. Childrens Mercy has received national recognition from U.S. News & World Report in ten pediatric specialties. The hospital was the first in Missouri and Kansas to receive Magnet Recognition for excellence in nursing services from the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and has been re-designated four times. Childrens Mercy Hospital is the primary location for Childrens Mercy Kansas City, a comprehensive pediatric health system with multiple locations in Missouri and Kansas. The not-for-profit hospital was founded in 1897 by two sisters, one a surgeon and the other a dentist, to provide care for poor and ill children. The hospital quickly grew and expanded services to all children in the region. According to the hospitals Community Benefit Report, in 2012, the hospital provided more than $130 million in uncompensated care, which includes charity care, unreimbursed Medicaid and other means-tested government programs, and subsidized health services. Katharine and Alice Berry were both widowed when they came to Kansas City from Wisconsin in 1895. They put each other through school; Katharine being the first to get her medical degree while Alice worked as a school teacher, and then Alice obtained her dentist degree—both male-only professions during the 19th century. The women were excluded from professional medical groups because of their gender, and their entrepreneurial spirit discouraged. But the two persevered and due to their widowed status, were permitted to control their own finances, which they poured into their medical work with children.