In the 1950s, Anoka County was being transformed. Nearly overnight potato fields were converted to neighborhoods, with new houses, families, and babies galore. But where to give birth to all those babies? Or receive health care for a serious injury or illness?
In 1963, the Anoka Community Hospital Association agreed to build a 100-bed hospital located on the border of Coon Rapids and Anoka. Later that year, 2,000 volunteers launched a $600,000 fund drive, collecting donations door-to-door for the hospital's construction.
Their efforts were successful. Mercy Hospital's first patient, Mrs. Cecil (Judith) Melton, arrived in a raging blizzard on March 17, 1965, five days before the hospital's planned opening; she gave birth to Merci, Mercy's first baby, named in honor of the new hospital.
Through the years, the hospital has continued to
expand, adding services and technology to remain current with the latest in
medical advancements. Mercy's primary dedication remains the same: to serve the
health care needs of neighbors and friends living in more than 25 north metro
cities and towns.
In mid-2015, Mercy Hospital celebrated its 50th
year of serving the north metro area with the opening of The Mother Baby Center
at Mercy with Children's. Located south of the Heart & Vascular Center on
the Mercy campus, it is a premier family-centered birth center for all
families especially for high-risk mothers and babies. The Mother Baby Center is
a collaboration between Allina Health and Children's Hospitals and Clinics of
Unity Hospital was founded in 1966 by the
North Suburban Hospital District and its five community members - Blaine, Fridley, Hilltop, Mounds View and Spring Lake Park.
The hospital's outstanding care serves residents of these founding communities, while welcoming new residents from more than 20 additional communities.
Read more about the history of Unity Hospital.