New exhibit honors well-known Portland pediatrician
Today, Northern Light Mercy Hospital held a ceremony unveiling an exhibit and statue honoring Dr. Harry E. Davis, Mercy’s first and longtime chair of pediatrics. The permanent display located in the hospital’s Fore River lobby chronicles Dr. Davis’s remarkable contributions to his patients, Mercy Hospital, and the greater Portland community. The historical presentation highlights Dr. Davis’s life and his relationship with the Sisters of Mercy, particularly his friendship with the hospital’s longtime administrator, Sister Annunciata Quigley.
The Dr. Harry E. Davis exhibit and a wing at Mercy’s Fore River Hospital recognize a transformational commitment Dr. Davis’s daughter, Patricia Davis Klingenstein, and her family made to the One Mercy capital campaign, which supports the hospital’s consolidation. Mrs. Klingenstein, her family, and several of Dr. Davis’s patients attended today’s dedication ceremony and reception.
Patricia Klingenstein remembers how her father worked tirelessly and cared for those who could not afford it. "He never turned anybody away," she said.
“We are honored to recognize and celebrate Dr. Davis who was a beloved and respected member of the Mercy family. He was devoted to his work and patients, and he truly embodied Mercy’s core mission of caring for all. His impact in this community was tremendous. He made a difference in thousands of lives,” said Charlie Therrien, president of Mercy Hospital.
Dr. Harry Davis received his medical training from Tufts Medical School in 1919, after which he interned first at the Chelsea Memorial Hospital and later at Children’s Hospital in Washington, DC. He did postgraduate work in the children’s division of Bellevue Hospital in New York City. Dr. Davis returned to Portland in the early 1920s to work as a pediatrician and served as Chief of Pediatrics at Mercy Hospital from 1943 until his death in 1963. Dr. Davis also served as the physician for many Portland area high school teams.
“My father would be so pleased we have honored him in a place that was such an important part of his life. He loved his patients, his work, and his Mercy family,” said Mrs. Klingenstein.