Legacy lives on

Legacy lives on

Celebrating 130 years of Mercy in Durango
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Sisters of Mercy outside the hospital during the Hospital’s Diamond Jubilee in 1967. Sisters in white are in hospital uniform. The others are teaching, off duty or visiting.
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Mother Mary John the Baptist Meyers, trained as a nurse at St. John’s Hospital in St. Louis, led the original five nuns who came to Durango to open the hospital.
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Billy Hurd, preparing for the Spanish Trails Fiesta parade in the 1940s, served as orderly, handyman, courier and elevator operator for the sisters at Mercy.
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This view of the original 1884 sandstone building includes a square tower added in 1893. The water tower on left provided water to the hospital from one of their springs.
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Sister Mary Pauline Sponsel, from the Montezuma area, was a nurse anesthetist. This photo from the 1930s shows her working in the “operating department” at Mercy.
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Sisters of Mercy by the entrance of the hospital in 1963 wearing the newer, less confining habits. Those on duty are wearing white.
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“Spirit Mother” by Santa Clara Pueblo artist Michael Naranjo stands at the front entrance of today’s Mercy Regional Medical Center. The sculpture depicts a curandera (healer).
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