A selection of photos from the Mercy-Douglass School of Nursing. Mercy-Douglass Hospital was formed in 1948 on the basis of the two hospitals serving a predominantly black patient population in Philadelphia. For more information about this collection, please visit our site at www.nursing.upenn.edu/history
In 1895, Dr. Nathan Mossell est. the Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital, the first black hospital in Philadelphia. The second private black hospital in the city Est. in 1907, Mercy Hospital would "meet the objectives for which it [Douglass] was organized -- that is giving opportunities to Negro doctors to get incalculable benefits from hospital practice." The two hospitals operated independently for the next 40-odd years.
In 1895, Dr. Nathan Mossell established the Frederick Douglass Memorial Hospital, the first black hospital in Philadelphia. In 1895, Dr. Mossell The second private black hospital in the city. Dr. Mossell was also one of the most highly educated and qualified surgeons at the turn of the 20th century. Even at the age of 90, the physician spent his final hours continuing to practice medicine."
Graduating class Mercy Douglass Class of 1960
Mercy-Douglass School of Nursing. The Nurses' Homes--The Warlick Building
Sketch of the new Mercy-Douglass Hospital by architect Howell Lewis Shay, ca 1958. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.
"Not room enough for two, not air enough for one." Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.
Mercy Hospital School of Nursing,Class of 1943 Portrait: Mary J. Reynolds, Helen E. Robinson, Hattie M. Johnson, Mabel M. Harmon, Ethel M. Huie, Margie M. Rodman, Minnie K. Reeves, Ruby L. Rose, Rose S. Wilson, Evelyn R. Page, and Anne E. Terrel.
Civic Exposition of Mercy Hospital and School for Nurses at the Commercial Museum, May 15-June 10, 1916.
Mercy Hospital Nursing Staff with Miss Lula G. Warlick at center: Earnestine Eller, Fredericka Jones, Thelma Johnson Smith,Viola Terrell White, Eva Taylor Kinzer Reid, Eleanor Cain, Nora Lloyd Norman, Alberta Martin, Frances Young, Alvie Madison, and Dorthy Maguire (dietician)
Mercy Hospital Founding Fathers, including: Dr. Strickland, Dr. James, Dr. Hilton, Dr. Cherry, Dr. Warrick, Dr. Abele, Dr. Boyer, Dr. Minton, Dr. Jackson, Dr. Howard, Dr. Hinson, and Dr. Coates.