Monday, January 23, 2012
St. Mary's Hospital
The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor first came to Cincinnati in 1858 to care for the growing number of German immigrants. They operated their first hospital from a small building on Fourth Street with 10 beds and donated linens. By 1859 they opened St. Mary Hospital in the West End on what was then Betts and Linn Streets. The 4-story brick hospital was designed by architect Anthony Bley and contained 325 beds. At the time of its use, it was second in the city among emergency room cases it handled. The hospital was replaced by the Franciscan (now Mercy Hospital) in Mt. Airy which opened in 1971.