Mercy Hospital Archives

The Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, founded in 1847 by seven Sisters of Mercy, was the first permanent hospital in Western Pennsylvania. The Sisters came to Pittsburgh at the invitation of Bishop Michael O'Connor, who sought a hospital in order to carry out the Roman Catholic Church's mission of caring for all in need, but with a special emphasis on the needs of the underserved. The Mercy Hospital Archives documents this continued commitment by the Sisters and also provides a basis for Pittsburgh's medical history and medical education from the early years of caring for epidemic patients to state-of-the-art trauma surgery. The Archives contains material and photographs documenting the history of the hospital dating back to 1847 and of the Pittsburgh Mercy Health System dating back to 1983.

For further information contact:

Kathleen Washy
Mercy Hospital Archives

Sister of Mercy
Dr. J.J. Buchanan
Children's Ward

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