The Ranken-Jordan Home for Convalescent Crippled Children opened on April 9, 1941. Founder Mary Ranken Jordan, her husband Clay and a small staff cared for St. Louis area children suffering from polio, osteomyelitis and bone tuberculosis.
From the beginning, Ranken Jordan’s focus was to “consider the children first.”
In the 1960’s, Ranken Jordan expanded. By the early 2000’s, as medical science advanced, Ranken Jordan took on the challenge of meeting the urgent needs of an expanding number of children with ever more complex medical conditions.
To meet these children’s needs, Ranken Jordan required state-of-the-art equipment and highly specialized clinical professionals. In 2002, Ranken Jordan transitioned its licensing to “children’s hospital.” Much had changed, Mary Ranken Jordan’s mission remained.
In 2004, Ranken Jordan moved into a newly built 62,000 square-foot, 34-bed facility in Maryland Heights, Missouri. Its groundbreaking design incorporated the latest, cutting edge medical technology with kid-friendly, playful elements designed to inspire hope and healing in children and families. To better reflect our unique care model the hospital’s name was updated to Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital.
Today, we are expanding once again. We are increasing our current facility to a total of 60 beds and 78,000 square feet so that we can continue to meet the needs of every child who needs us.
Mary Ranken was born in 1869 in Northern Ireland and immigrated to the United States in 1885. In 1905, at the age of 36, she married Clay Jordan, a St. Louis merchant. Together they made a tremendous positive impact on the community with their philanthropic work.
While she didn’t have children herself, Mary Ranken Jordan spent many hours with the young patients at Ranken Jordan.
Mary passed away in 1962 at age 93. Support for the many charitable and cultural organizations she founded, including Ranken Jordan, continues through the Mary Ranken Jordan & Ettie A. Jordan Charitable Foundation.
The Mary Ranken Jordan Society continues Mary’s philosophy of considering the children first. In remembrance of her love of roses and gardening, therapeutic gardens across the Ranken Jordan campus delight our children and families.