The Ranken-Jordan Home for Convalescent Crippled Children opened its doors April 9, 1941, under the supervision of Mary Ranken Jordan and her husband Clay Jordan. Operating from Ladue, Missouri, they – along with a small staff – took in children from the St. Louis area suffering from polio, osteomyelitis and bone tuberculosis.
In the 1960's, the Ranken-Jordan Home expanded to allow more children and a larger staff. By the early 2000s, Ranken Jordan was outgrowing the 15,000 square-foot, 26-bed facility and was caring for children with more complex medical conditions.
The children cared for within Ranken Jordan required not only state-of-the-art equipment but also highly specialized clinical professionals. Therefore, in 2002, Ranken Jordan began its transition of licensure from "home" to "children's hospital." Despite the change in status, the original mission of Mary Ranken Jordan and Clay Jordan remained the same. Thus, the Ranken Jordan-Home for Convalescent Crippled Children was known as Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital.
In 2004, just 2 years after the transition, Ranken Jordan moved out of the Ladue home and relocated to Maryland Heights, Missouri, into a newly-built 62,000 square-foot, 34-bed facility. The current hospital building houses ultramodern equipment and is specifically designed to entice patients to get out of their rooms and engage in daily life-centered activities. Learn more about Ranken Jordan's facility.
Mary Ranken Jordan
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 large, positive impact on the community with their philanthropic work.
Part of Mary and Clay's philanthropy work included establishing associations and charities, most notably what is now Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital. Mary was also the president of the St. Louis Women's Christian Association and the Memorial Home for the Elderly. Childless herself, Mary Ranken Jordan spent many hours with the young patients at the Ranken Jordan Home for Convalescent Crippled Children, fulfilling her dream to help children with complex medical needs.
Mary passed away at age 93 and left monetary support for the many charitable and cultural organizations, including an endowment for Ranken Jordan through the Mary Ranken Jordan & Ettie A. Jordan Charitable Foundation.
To recognize her extraordinary heart and generosity, the Mary Ranken Jordan Society was established to continue her philosophy of considering the children first. Also, in remembrance of her love of roses and gardening, therapeutic gardens and rose bushes were planted in numerous locations across the Ranken Jordan campus.