Mercy Hospital technician, Portland, ca. 1941

Contributed by Northern Light Mercy Hospital


In 1948, Mercy's new School of X-Ray Technology accepted its first students, with Patricia Kane as the first graduate. Under Sister Mary Emily Burns R.N.R.T., supervisor of the hospital’s X-Ray Department, the school achieved accreditation by the American Registry of X-Ray Technicians in 1957.

Several new drugs and medical techniques were introduced during the period. In 1956, Mercy opened a Diagnostic Tumor clinic. In the early 1960s, Mercy could take advantage of advances in cardiac surgery and preventative health breakthroughs. By the mid-1960s, cardiac training for nurses included work with defibrillators.

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  • Title: Mercy Hospital technician, Portland, ca. 1941
  • Creator: Mercy Hospital
  • Creation Date: circa 1941
  • Subject Date: circa 1941
  • Location: Portland, Cumberland County, ME
  • Media: Black and White 35mm Slide
  • Dimensions: 7.6 cm x 7.6 cm
  • Collection: Mercy Hospital Historic Archive
  • Object Type: Image

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