Explore the History of Graham Hospital  

In 1909, Alice and Caroline Graham gifted the original structure of the hospital to the community. It was their belief that a hospital was needed to better serve the Canton community. Graham Hospital and the Training School for Nurses was founded that same year in honor of the girls’ parents, John and Lydia Graham.  

Image of John G. and Alice Lydia Graham 
(John G. and Alice Lydia Graham)

There was a significant need for healthcare at the time and until Graham Hospital opened in 1910, especially in light of a typhoid fever epidemic in 1904, nurses were brought in from larger cities like Chicago to care for patients. Fortunately, the first six nurses graduated in 1913. Graham Hospital later became recognized by the Illinois Department of Registration and Education in 1923. Nurses were then allowed to take the Illinois State Board exam to become Registered Nurses, or R.N.s.   

 Image of Graham Hospital 1910 Opening

(Graham Hospital 1910 Opening). 

In 1999, Graham Hospital merged with Coleman Clinic, Ltd. and founded Graham Services Corporation, a not-for-profit foundation. The Clinic, started by James Edmund Coleman M.D. in the late 1800s, continues to maintain high ethical standards. As in the past, the Clinic is committed to providing quality medical/surgical services to all members of the community, regardless of circumstances. With a mission of “Quality Care for All,” the goal of the physicians and support staff is to provide these quality services in the most efficient and compassionate manner.  

Today Graham Hospital has evolved into  a progressive, comprehensive Health System proudly serving the healthcare needs of Canton and surrounding communities. Graham Health system includes Graham Hospital, five medical Group Clinics: Canton, Elmwood, Farmington, Lewistown and Williamsfield. The System also includes Graham Home medical Equipment, Graham Wellnes Center, Walnut Street Terrace Nursing Home and Walnut Street Terrace Rehabiliation Unit.  The school is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the State of Illinois. We have been recognized for excellence in our education programs and our students' passage rate of the R.N. license examination.