From The Midwestern, September 1907.
Mercy Hospital was founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1893. According to the 1907 Des Moines City Directory, Mercy Hospital was located on the northwest corner of 4th and Ascension. This is the same property where Mercy Hospital is currently located, but it looks quite a bit different. In 1907, it could accommodate 125 patients. Today, Mercy has 802 beds and more the 6,600 employees.