On the Front Lines


THE SACRAMENTO NURSES WHO ATTEND TO COVID-19 patients belong to a lineage of
distinguished medical professionals that extends deep into our city’s history. In this 1912
photo, nurses gather in front of Mater Misericordiae at 23rd and R streets, Sacramento’s
first private hospital, which the Sisters of Mercy opened in 1897. The hospital operated until 1925, when Mercy General opened its doors at 40th and J streets, where it remains today.