Children's Mercy Hospital

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Children's Mercy Hospitals & Clinics
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Children's Mercy Hospital is located in Missouri
Children's Mercy Hospital
Location 2401 Gillham Road, Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Coordinates 39°05′06″N 94°34′48″W / 39.085°N 94.580°W / 39.085; -94.580Coordinates: 39°05′06″N 94°34′48″W / 39.085°N 94.580°W / 39.085; -94.580
Funding Non-profit hospital
Hospital type Specialized
Affiliated university KU-MED
Emergency department Yes (Main & South) [1]
Helipad Yes
Founded 1897
Lists Hospitals in Missouri

Children's Mercy Hospital is a comprehensive pediatric hospital located in Kansas City, Missouri that provides medical care to patients from birth to 18 years of age. Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics is the only free-standing children's hospital between St. Louis and Denver.

The 354 bed facility has one main campus located at Crown Center,[2] as well as a second hospital in Overland Park, Kansas, plus five satellite facilities in the Kansas City Metro Area. The facility serves as a teaching hospital for both University of Kansas School of Medicine and University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine.

The hospital is ranked nationally in 10 pediatric specialties and offers a Level 1 Trauma Center;[3] a Level IIIc Intensive Care Nursery; as well as liver, kidney, blood, and marrow transplant programs; and clinics representing more than 40 pediatric sub-specialties. Close to 6,500 people are employed in the system.


The Berry Sisters[edit]

Alice Berry Graham
The lobby of Children's Mercy Hospital

Children’s Mercy Hospital was founded in 1897 when two sisters, Dr. Katharine Berry Richardson, a surgeon, and Dr. Alice Berry Graham, a dentist, found and took in a crippled, malnourished girl abandoned in the streets of Kansas City, Missouri. Since no hospital in the city allowed a woman physician on the staff, the sisters rented beds in a small maternity and children's hospital for their patients.[4]

The bed soon became known as the “Mercy Bed,” and the need for health care for children continued to grow. By 1899, the Berry sisters had moved into their own building, naming it Free Bed Fund Association for Crippled, Deformed, and Ruptured Children.[5] The hospital soon changed its name to Mercy Hospital before finally becoming Children's Mercy Hospital in 1904.[4]

In 1915, construction on what would be the first official hospital began at Independence Avenue. The building was finished two years later in 1917. The hospital flourished in its new home until 1970, when it moved to its current location on Hospital Hill.


The main campus of the 315 bed hospital is in Downtown KCMO across from Truman Medical Center-Hospital Hill. There are outpatient clinics in midtown and in suburban Johnson County, Kansas and outreach clinics in outlying communities. Children from six states are regularly served by Children's Mercy.[citation needed]

The Significant Dates, according to the Children's Mercy Website are as follows:

  • 1897: Free Bed Fund Association of Sick, Crippled, Deformed and Ruptured Children opened its doors with one bed on June 24.
  • Early 1900s: Four Deaf women admitted as nursing students: May Paxton, Marion Finch, Lillie Speaker, and Emma Brewing.[6][7][8][9]
  • 1901: Central Governing Board of the Free Bed Fund approves the Mercy name.
  • 1904: Dr. Robert Schauffler was the first male physician allowed to practice at the hospital. Officially called Mercy Hospital and opens with five beds at 414 Highland Avenue. Only offered maternity and pediatric services. Grew to 27 beds by 1906.
  • 1913: Alice Berry Graham dies.
  • 1914: Hospital is deeded 2 acres (0.81 ha) of land at Independence and Woodland avenues for new facility.
  • 1916: Children's Mercy Hospital opens at Independence and Woodland on November 27. 59 patients moved from Highland location. $375,000 raised between 1915-1916 to construct building. Serves as home for Children's Mercy until 1970.
  • 1917: The Kansas City Board of Education began supporting a teaching staff so patients requiring a prolonged stay at the hospital could continue their education. A bedside or classroom teacher has been provided during the school year ever since.
  • 1922: Children's Mercy celebrates its 25th anniversary.
  • 1933: Katharine Berry Richardson dies.
  • 1933: Elizabeth Martin, RN, becomes supervisor of the hospital and oversees its operations for the next 30 years.
  • 1948: Hospital dismantles isolation wards.
  • 1956: Dr. Wayne Hart begins work as hospital's first medical director, the only full-time physician practicing at Children's Mercy. His first assignment was to establish a residency program with the University of Kansas.
  • 1964: An elementary school at 351 South Park is dedicated to the memory of co-founder Katharine Berry Richardson.
  • 1968: Groundbreaking for the hospital at its current location, 2401 Gillham Road, on Hospital Hill.
  • 1970: Hospital staff moves 39 children to the hospital's Gillham location on December 17.
  • 1975: Adolescent Medicine Clinic opens to serve the unique medical and psychosocial needs of pre-teen and teen-age patients.
  • 1985: The Pediatric Care Center moves to the Diagnostic and Treatment Center adjacent to the hospital. It is the first clinic to move off-site, signaling the need for more room. Today, the PCC is back on Hospital Hill and the Adolescent Clinic is at 46th and Paseo.
  • 1992: Ground broken for expansion of the Children's Mercy system with the addition of an outpatient center and a patient tower at the Hospital Hill location. Centennial Campaign fund-raising effort begins: $68 million raised in two years.
  • 1993: Based on the knowledge that many children get well faster at home, Children's Home Care begins to provide care for children in the comfort of their homes.
  • 1995: Five-story Hall Family Outpatient Center opens with 21 pediatric specialty clinics; has about 150,000 patient visits in first year. Children's Mercy purchases land in Overland Park for the development of Children's Mercy South, a smaller version of the existing hospital without intensive care units or an emergency room.
  • 1996: Seven-story Herman and Helen Sutherland Outpatient Tower opens, allowing the hospital to enhance the patient- and family-friendly environment of the hospital, providing parent beds in rooms and a more comfortable atmosphere.
  • 1996: Established Family Health Partners, a non-profit HMO providing health care services to the medically vulnerable and uninsured through the State of Missouri's MC+ program.
  • 1997: A year-long centennial celebration is underway. Children's Mercy named one of the top children's hospitals in the country by Child magazine. Children's Mercy South opens in Overland Park in October.
  • 2000: Staff and patients move into a new patient tower, the Paul and Betty Henson Patient Tower, a complement to the Sutherland Tower. Combined, the towers provide updated, private rooms to most Children's Mercy patients and families, as well as other features.
  • 2001: The public portion of a $50 million fund-raising drive begins to support the Children's Mercy Research Vision, a plan to improve the lives of children through discoveries from world-class researchers working at Children's Mercy. Already, about $26 million has been raised. Expected completion of the "Discovering Tomorrow" campaign in 2002.
  • 2001: A 10-year expansion plan, with building construction around $120 million is announced. Plans include new outpatient, inpatient and research space at the Hospital Hill campus, as well as new inpatient and outpatient buildings at Children's Mercy South.
  • 2003: Named one of the Top 10 Children's Hospitals in America by Child magazine
  • 2003: Awarded Magnet designation for nursing excellence, the first hospital in Missouri or Kansas and just the third children's hospital to achieve this honor from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.
  • 2003: In response to requests by community pediatricians and residents, work begins in Children's Mercy Northland, an urgent care center and specialty clinic in the north part of the metropolitan area.
  • 2003: Pediatric Research Center opens in 32,000 square feet (3,000 m2) on top two floors of the new Clinic and Research Building on Hospital Hill.
  • 2004: Primary Care Center opens in new Clinic and Research Building. This combines primary care clinics that had previously operated on Main Street and Paseo Boulevard. Teen Clinic (formerly Adolescent Clinic) moves to Paseo location.
  • 2004: Children's Mercy South opens new patient unit and expanded urgent care center and begins remodeling for expanded outpatient clinics. New cafe opens.[citation needed]
  • 2004: Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics implement the Promoting Health in Teens and Kids weight management program that offers culturally sensitive group education intervention for obese children and their parents.[10]
  • 2012: Children's Mercy East opens. Clinics include Cardiology, ENT, Endocrinology, Gastroenterology, Hearing and Speech, Neurology, Orthopedics, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation Medicine.
  • 2012: The Elizabeth Ann Hall Patient Tower opens on the Main Campus. The seven story addition includes the Elizabeth J. Ferrell Fetal Health Center, expanded Cancer Center, an expansion of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, and the Lisa Barth Interfaith Chapel and Garden, which will include a library, family gathering room, outdoor garden and more.

Rankings & performance[edit]

Children's Mercy Hospital was ranked nationally in 9 categories in 2014.

Children's Mercy Hospital was one of 87 facilities in the United States that made national rankings in at least one of 10 pediatric specialties analyzed for the 2014-'15 Best Children's Hospitals, by U.S. News & World Report. The hospital has consecutively been nationally ranked in nine pediatric specialty areas:[11]

  • Pediatrics: Diabetes & Endocrinology
  • Pediatrics: Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
  • Pediatrics: Neonatology
  • Pediatrics: Nephrology
  • Pediatrics: Neurology & Neurosurgery
  • Pediatrics: Orthopedics
  • Pediatrics: Pulmonology
  • Pediatrics: Urology
  • Pediatrics: Cancer

The highest ranking was Nephrology at #6.[11]

In 2013 Parents magazine ranked Children's Mercy at #14 among the country's best children's hospitals.[12]

The hospital has also been designated a "Magnet Recognized" center by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, won the "Gold Achievement" award for a fit friendly work site in 2012 by the American Heart Association, and has been designated as Kansas City's Healthiest Employer by the Kansas City Business Journal in 2013.

CMH's Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine has been termed "among the most technologically advanced in the world".[13]


Celebrity fundraisers have been held for Children's Mercy. Recent examples would be Martin Starr, Jason Sudeikis, Johnny Knoxville, Olivia Wilde and Paul Rudd.[14]


Children's Mercy major locations
Eye Clinic
Children's Mercy Eye Clinic, adjacent to the Truman Medical Center 
Children's Mercy Hospital, main campus, near downtown Kansas City 
Children's Mercy South, located in Overland Park, Kansas 
Children's Mercy Broadway, located south of Crown Center, Kansas City 
as of 2013


  • Hospital Hill - 2401 Gillham Road - Kansas City, MO
  • South[15] - 5808 West 110th Street - Overland Park, KS


  • West[16] - 4313 State Avenue - Kansas City, KS
  • College Blvd.[17] - 5520 College Boulevard - Overland Park, KS
  • East[18] - 20300 East Valley View Pkwy, Independence, MO
  • Broadway[19] - 3101 Broadway, Kansas City, MO
  • Northland[20] - 501 Northwest Barry Road - Kansas City, MO
  • Joplin[21] - Joplin, Missouri

International presence[edit]

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Children's Mercy Hospital has two "sister" facilities for which collaboration, exchanges, and cooperation take place. These are:[22]

  • Guangzhou Women and Children's Hospital, China
  • Zhujiang, or Pearl River, Hospital, China

Clinical services[edit]

Children's Mercy services includes:[citation needed]

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Allergy/Asthma/Immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Burn/Trauma Care
  • Cancer Center
  • Cardiology
  • Children's Mercy Home Care
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Dermatology
  • Developmental and Behavioral Sciences
  • Division of Emergency Medical Services
  • Endocrinology and Diabetes
  • Gastroenterology
  • General Pediatrics
  • Hearing and Speech
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Hematology: Blood and Marrow Transplant
  • Hospitalists
  • Infectious Disease
  • Integrative Pain Management
  • Liver Care Center
  • Medical Genetics
  • Medical Research
  • Neonatology
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
  • Pharmacology and Medical Toxicology
  • Physical Therapy
  • Pulmonology
  • Radiology
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Respiratory Care
  • Rheumatology
  • Transport, Center for Minimally Invasive Surgery, Cleft Palate/Craniofacial, General Surgery: Liver Transplant, General/Thoracic Surgery, Gynecological Surgery, Cardiovascular Surgery, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopedic Surgery, Otorhinolaryngology (ENT), Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Surgical Research
  • Urologic


  1. ^ "Emergency and Urgent Care", Retrieved on 6 November 2011.
  2. ^ New on-site Health Center for Employees
  3. ^ Level 1 Trauma Center
  4. ^ a b "Alice Berry Graham (1850 - 1913) and Katherine Berry Richardson (1858-1933)." Women in Health Sciences. Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. 2004. Web. 25 Aug. 2011
  5. ^ Sirrigge, Marjorie. "The Lady of Mercy." The Foundation for the History of Women in Medicine. 2002. Web. The Lady of Mercy. 25 Aug. 2011.
  6. ^ Gannon, Jack. 1981. Deaf Heritage–A Narrative History of Deaf America, Silver Spring, MD: National Association of the Deaf, p. 173-175
  7. ^ PDF Deaf Heritage by Jack Gannon pg. 173
  8. ^ PDF Deaf Heritage by Jack Gannon pg. 174
  9. ^ PDF Deaf Heritage by Jack Gannon pg. 175
  10. ^ "Group-Based, Culturally Sensitive Weight-Loss Program for Families Leads to Improvements in Children's Health-Related Behaviors and Declines in Body Mass Index". Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. 2013-06-19. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 
  11. ^ a b
  12. ^ #14 in Parents Magazine
  13. ^ Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine named among he most technologically advanced in the world
  14. ^ Sudeikis Rudd and Riggie stop at CMH
  15. ^ CMH South Hospital
  16. ^ CMH West Hospital
  17. ^ College Boulevard Hospital
  18. ^ CMH East Hospital
  19. ^ Broadway Clinic
  20. ^ CMH Northland Clinic
  21. ^ Joplin Clinic
  22. ^ Working with Hospitals in China

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