Our Mercy health system was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1986. But our heritage goes back more than 185 years. It began with an Irish woman named Catherine McAuley, who wanted to help the poor women and children of Dublin. Though Catherine had a modest upbringing, she received an unexpected inheritance that allowed her to fulfill her dreams. In 1827, she opened the first House of Mercy in Dublin, intending to teach skills to poor women and educate children. Many volunteers came to help. A few years later, Catherine founded the Sisters of Mercy, the first religious order not bound to the rules of the cloister, whose Sisters were free to walk among the poor and visit them in their homes. By the time Catherine died in 1841, there were convents in Ireland and England, and in 1843, the Sisters of Mercy came to the United States. In 1871, they traveled to St. Louis and from there throughout the Midwest, beginning what would, today be known as Mercy.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2019, 2018, 2017 and 2016 by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy includes more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children's, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 45,000 co-workers and 2,400 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. In addition, Mercy's IT division, Mercy Technology Services, supply chain organization, ROi, and Mercy Virtual commercially serve providers and patients in more than 20 states coast to coast. St. Louis Countys Only Full-Service Pediatric Hospital
Mercy Children's Hospital welcomes more children into the world than any other hospital in St. Louis. But our care for kids doesnt end in the delivery room.
At Mercy Childrens Hospital, we see kids through anything childhood brings. From coughs, croup and broken bones to more serious concerns, like autism, heart problems, even cancer.
Mercy Children's Hospital St. Louis is part of Mercy Kids, a network of pediatricians dedicated to meeting the needs of every child, every day. It is powered b y more than 700 pediatricians and family doctors in partnership with 125 pediatric specialists. Anchored by two acute care pediatric hospitals in St. Louis and Springfield, Mo., Mercy Kids offers a full range of services to support healthy childhoods, including pediatric, specialty and developmental services.
Mercy Childrens Hospital is:
A dedicated children's hospital on the Mercy Hospital campus
A team of pediatric specialists in more than 30 different specialties
St. Louis Countys only pediatric intensive care unit
The top neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the area
A childrens emergency department with pediatricians who specialize in emergency medicine
An outpatient Tests and Treatments Center, designed to make kids comfortable
A welcoming place for families, where parents and little patients can remain close.
Child Life is the fun area for young children and teens at Mercy Childrens Hospital. Walk along with Kaley as she shows you the playroom and teen hangout.