About Blessing Health Keokuk

Blessing Health Keokuk is a 49 bed not-for-profit hospital that is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and has a proud history of service to the Tri-State area.  We are proud of our heritage and the strong traditions of serving the health care needs of our communities.

St. Joseph Hospital began operation at the invitation of the Keokuk Medical College on April 28, 1886.  Originally located outside the city limits, St. Joseph's began as a 15-bed institution.  Reverend J. Orth later deeded property at 14th & Exchange and the hospital began operations from this site in 1887.

Additions came at various points in 1865, 1904, 1918 and 1929 with the original buildings being replaced in 1960.

Until September 30, 1975, St. Joseph Hospital remained part of a number of Health facilities in Michigan, Illinois and Iowa operated by the Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis of Peoria, Illinois.

In 1892, Mercy Hospital began operation in association with the Keokuk College of Physicians and Surgeons.  In 1901, the original Mercy Hospital became the W.C. Graham Protestant Hospital and moved into new quarters at 15th & Fulton.  Additions were made in 1908, 1928, 1951 and 1971.  During various stages of construction the 1908 building was razed.  The construction in 1971 left an unfinished second floor, which was completed in the spring of 1975 and resulted in a total of 118 beds.

In 1914, the W.C. Graham Protestant Hospital's management was assumed by the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  In 1929, the name was changed to Graham Protestant Hospital and in 1941 it was incorporated as Graham Hospital Association, a non-profit corporation and functioned as such until September 30, 1975.

On October 1, 1975, a consolidation and merger of Graham Hospital and St. Joseph Hospital was completed and an institution, Keokuk Area Hospital came into existence.

Keokuk Area Hospital affiliated with UnityPoint Health in January of 2017.

Ownership of Keokuk Area Hospital transferred from UnityPoint Health to Blessing Health System on March 1, 2021.  Blessing Health System is an integrated health system, based in Quincy, IL, consisting of two additional award-winning hospitals, two physician group practices, an accredited college of nursing and health sciences, a network of medical specialty businesses and a charitable foundation. Serving a primary market area of west central Illinois, northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa, Blessing Corporate Services, Inc., is the parent company of the System providing support and direction to Blessing Hospital; Illini Community Hospital; Blessing Physician Services; Hannibal Clinic; Denman Services, Inc.; Blessing-Rieman College of Nursing & Health Sciences and The Blessing Foundation. The Mission of Blessing Health System is to improve the health of our communities. Blessing Health System employs more than 3,500 people. More at