80TH ANNIVERSARY CEREMONY
April 9, 2021
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital
David Groetecke's Story
Remembering Marci Zimmerman
Introducing The MRJ Way! The MRJ Way is the spirit of our founder, Mary Ranken Jordan.
This promises to be an exciting year, as 2021 is the 80th anniversary of our founding. We’ll be celebrating all year long. The energy is big, as suits the occasion. It’s a great time to re-introduce the singular spirit who started it all.
MRJ was a fearless trailblazer, a driven idealist, and most importantly, a selfless philanthropist. Her gifts spread beyond our hospital. She donated and influenced many local organizations, including colleges, a retirement home, and even the iconic Missouri Botanical Gardens. One of her final projects was our hospital. In 1941, she wanted all children, regardless of their level of illness, to enjoy being a kid.
“Consider the children first in all that you do.”
MRJ lived those words, and she lives on thanks to supporters just like you. Because of her vision and your generosity, we’ve been able to provide children with the most advanced care and specialized services and programs — centered on healing through play since our founding.
THE HISTORY THAT BUILT OUR FUTURE
Mary Ranken Jordan opens the Ranken Jordan Home for Convalescent Crippled Children.
Patient Tommy Gilbert chosen by the St. Louis Browns baseball team to be an honored guest at the Browns spring training in Miami.
Lewis Wilkins Hyer, a director of J.C. Penney Corp., dies and includes Ranken Jordan in his will.
Mary Ranken Jordan honored as one of Ten Women of Achievement by the St. Louis Globe- Democrat.
First occupational therapists and recreational therapists added to Ranken Jordan therapy services.
Ranken Jordan completes $500,000 renovation, expanding sleeping quarters and adding new therapy rooms and equipment.
Ranken Jordan starts new program called PARTNERS to train parents of foster children with special health care needs so more kids can find forever homes.
Ranken Jordan holds first-ever major fundraising event to celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Friends of Ranken Jordan is formed with 65 members to raise funds for special projects.
Silver Screen Cowboys Boot Scootin’ Boogie Party nets $13,000 to buy new beds and monitoring equipment for Ranken Jordan.
First Glitter and Glitz fundraiser raises $35,000 for Ranken Jordan to support special therapeutic activities such as horseback riding, swimming and community integration trips.
Dr. Nick Holekamp named to full-time medical director of Ranken Jordan.
Ranken Jordan changes licensing from nursing home to pediatric specialty hospital.
New 35,000 sq ft modern facility built with capacity for 34 patients in Maryland Heights, Missouri.
Ranken Jordan doubles capacity to 60 patients with $35 million, 75,000 sq ft expansion; Ranken Jordan receives firstever endowment.