Kessel Hospital, Cresco, Iowa

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The Kessel Hospital was founded by Dr. George Kessel, Grinnell College graduate, in 1902 and was the first hospital in Northeast Iowa. Dr. Kessel converted the home into a hospital. The Kessel Hospital became St. Joseph's Mercy Hospital in 1910 and was used as a nurses training school, the Howard County Hospital in 1974, and is now under the umbrella of Regional Health Services of Howard County. It is located at 235 Eighth Avenue West, Cresco, Howard County, Iowa. 1908 postmark. Number 463.