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If you are familiar with Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics' history then you know that two sisters were responsible for officially opening the doors of our hospital. 

What encouraged them to do so? Here is a brief history of where the power of volunteerism at Children's Mercy Hospital began...

Children's Mercy Hospital was founded in 1897 when two sisters, Dr. Katharine Berry Richardson, a surgeon, and Dr. Alice Berry Graham, a dentist, found a crippled, malnourished girl abandoned in the streets of Kansas City. They took her in, rented a bed in a local hospital, and a legacy of caring for children began.

The bed soon became known as the "Mercy Bed," and the need for health care for children continued to grow. By 1907, the Berry sisters moved into their own building and called it Children's Mercy Hospital. In 1916, Children's Mercy moved to Independence Avenue (now the home of the University for Health Sciences), and flourished there until 1970, when the hospital moved to its current location on Hospital Hill.

The legacy of caring that Children's Mercy was founded on continues still today. The volunteers at Children's Mercy are dedicated to making a difference for our patients, families and community. Whether they are reading a book to a child, offering a hand or helping to organize an event, their priceless gift makes a difference in each and every person they touch. 

We would love to share with you some of those that were recognized for such volunteerism. We welcome you to be a part of our future and color the world of patients and families. 

Volunteer of the Month

Volunteer of the Year

Volunteer Advisory Council


Love cannot remain by itself-it has no meaning.
Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.
-Mother Teresa

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