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Scripps Mercy hospital’s roots go back 125 years
San Diego Union-Tribune

When Sister Rosanne McGrath walks through the doors at Scripps Mercy Hospital, she is extending a 125-year-old mission that began on July 9, 1890. That’s the day Mother Mary Michael Cummings admitted John O’Connell to St. Joseph’s Dispensary, an infirmary that occupied two floors above a men’s clothing store in downtown San Diego. According to the meticulous log kept by Cummings and fellow nuns of the Sisters of Mercy, O’Connell spent 13 days in bed with malaria before he was sent home in good condition.