It’s a beacon in the night; a light that reflects over the calm, blue water near the entrance of Mercy Hospital Fort Scott.
Recent updates to the iconic cross keep it shining brighter, and for less.
"The lighting was upgraded to LED technology so it now shines more brightly at a fraction of the costs,” explained Dale Cation, Mercy director of engineering and maintenance. “The diodes that provide the light will last for an estimated 15-20 years.”
For years the illuminated cross stood as one of the highest points in Fort Scott. The 15 foot Christian symbol graced the roof top of Mercy Hospital at the Burke Street location. Upon the former five-story building, the cross could be seen for miles as a symbol of warm acceptance to those seeking care. When the new hospital opened in 2002, the cross was removed from the roof and strategically placed just west of the pond near the entrance as a visual representation for combining the old and new.
Dr. John Benage donated the cross to the Sisters of Mercy in Fort Scott in the early 1990's.