A unique problem for pediatric hospitals is the issue of continuing/maintaining the education of their patients. Katherine Richardson recognized this problem and set to find a solution. In 1910 a school was established inside Mercy Hospital. The school was fully supported by the Kansas City Board of Education and was even a part of the Kansas City school system. The school not only included teachers, but also had their own principal. A classroom was first set up in the basement of Highland Ave. Later when the hospital moved to Independence Ave a classroom was set up on the first floor before later moving to the fourth floor. The school catered to all ages of students including what we consider to be elementary and high school today. Students were either moved to the classroom for lessons or the teachers would visit patients in their beds if they were unable to be moved.

The hospital classroom continues today with the Hospital-Based School Program. Currently the problem includes three certified teachers and several certified volunteers.

Hospital Classroom at 414 Highland

Hospital Classroom at 414 Highland

Teacher at Blackboard in Schoolroom

Teacher at Blackboard in Schoolroom

Young Patients in Hospital Classroom

Young Patients in Hospital Classroom

Patients in Hospital School Room

Patients in Hospital School Room

Patients in Hospital Classroom

Patients in Hospital Classroom

Art Lesson in Hospital Classroom

Art Lesson in Hospital Classroom

Hospital Classroom Lessons

Hospital Classroom Lessons

Student Patients Learning About Prokofiev's "Peter & and Wolf"

Student Patients Learning About Prokofiev's "Peter & and Wolf"

Science Class in Hospital Schoolroom

Science Class in Hospital Schoolroom

Principal of Hospital School Attends Student Patients

Principal of Hospital School Attends Student Patients

Principal of Hospital School Reads with Student Patient

Principal of Hospital School Reads with Student Patient

Teacher and Principal Assist Student Patients in Hospital Classroom

Teacher and Principal Assist Student Patients in Hospital Classroom