Legacy lives on

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Legacy lives on

Celebrating 130 years of Mercy in Durango
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sisters of Mercy by the entrance of the hospital in 1963 wearing the newer, less confining habits. Those on duty are wearing white.
“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).

Legacy lives on

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sisters of Mercy by the entrance of the hospital in 1963 wearing the newer, less confining habits. Those on duty are wearing white.
“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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