On Thursday, October 21, 2021 Mercy began a yearlong celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Sisters of Mercy establishing a hospital and caring for patients in Joplin. Present-day Mercy leaders were joined by Sisters Cabrini Koelsch and Joan Schwager at the site where the train that brought the Sisters to Joplin stopped, just south of 10th and Main Streets, to mark the anniversary.
The Sisters of Mercy first stepped off a train from Louisville, Kentucky, and set foot in Joplin 135 years ago. Originally here to build a school, they later saw the need for a hospital to serve the rough and tumble mining town. In 1896, they began providing health care, mostly to injured miners, in a 10-bed tent hospital. A century and a quarter later, we carry on that legacy, yesterday, today and tomorrow.