This Friday, Feb. 17, is the birthdate of Frontier Founder Mary Breckinridge, and we are celebrating her life by releasing historical film footage captured during the time of the Frontier Nursing Service (FNS).
Mary Breckinridge established FNS in Leslie County, Kentucky, in 1925, introducing the first nurse-midwives to the United States. Riding horses up mountains, through fog, flood, or snow, the FNS nurses brought modern healthcare to one of the poorest and most inaccessible areas in the U.S. This work continues today through the work of Frontier Nursing University faculty, students and graduates across the nation. Thus, Mary Breckinridge’s legacy lives on.