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; photos courtesy the School of Nursing’s library).

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; photo courtesy the School of Nursing’s library). 

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 grown to be a progressive, comprehensive medical facility proudly serving the healthcare needs of Canton and surrounding communities. 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. 

The generosity and strength of our community has always been a defining force in the growth and direction of Graham Hospital. Volunteer organizations provide unparalleled support through hours of service and monetary efforts. The hospital is indebted to the Fulton County area for their supportive efforts on our behalf. It is their adoption of the hospital that enables us to uphold their example of care and service. 

Mission Statement  

To provide compassionate, quality health services, in a responsible and charitable manner, to the people and communities we serve. 

Vision Statement 

We are the community's choice for an exceptional healthcare experience. 



Graham Hospital continuously works to improve our operations and environment by actively encouraging creative solutions.  


We accept responsibility and follow through to completion. 


We openly share information in all internal directions in a timely manner and follow strict HIPAA standards. 


We exhibit empathy and care for others. 


We work together cohesively to achieve our common goal. 

Service League Volunteers  

Graham Hospital was founded through an act of community service, and it is with that tradition in mind that our many, many volunteers work diligently each year on behalf of the Hospital. Each department of the Hospital is grateful to the selfless acts of many people in our community who give their energy, money, and most of all their time to helping others. 

  • Gift Shop Volunteers 

  • Surgery Hostess Volunteers 

  • Plant Care Volunteers 

  • Puppet Committee Volunteers