A Tradition of Compassion

Mercy’s rich tradition of compassionate care dates back to 1934, when Sister Mary Annunciata Quigley, RN became the administrator of Queen’s Hospital. By the end of the 1930s, the community’s needs exceeded the capabilities of the small but busy hospital. On the heels of the Great Depression and In the midst of war, Sr. Annunciata responded by overseeing a $300,000 fundraising campaign for a new 150-bed hospital, which opened on March 18, 1943. For 75 years, this hospital building has served as a home for healthcare that embraces the Sister of Mercy’s dedication to the community.

Sister Annunciata’s relentless dedication and compassion laid the foundation for what is today’s Mercy Hospital. One of her most enduring legacies of her 35 years of service to Mercy is the diary which she kept for every year of her tenure. Her diary provides a glimpse into Mercy’s past and her vision for what a hospital could be.

View excerpts from Sister Annunciata’s diary