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Gannon Center. (Gannon Center for Community Mental Health). Private, non-profit organization. Incorporated in March 1966, the Dubuque County Mental Health Center started with a staff of six part-time employees. By 1996 this had increased to over two hundred. From rented offices on the eighth floor of the Roshek Building, the Center expanded to two outpatient centers, two residential care facilities, a community support program/day treatment center, and several satellite nursing homes and care facilities throughout Dubuque and Jackson counties.

The 1974 Dubuque City Directory listed 201 Loras.

From a small clientele, the caseload in 1996 exceeded 4,000 individuals. Financing the Center was approved by the Dubuque County Board of Supervisors who believed community care for the mentally ill would prove less expensive than institutionalization at a state hospital.

In 1991 the name of the Center was changed in honor of Timothy J. GANNON, (Msgr.). The same year, MERCY MEDICAL CENTER notified the Center that it would no longer be able to provide space for it as it had since 1969. The Center then relocated to the second floor of the Fischer Arcade where it opened its doors on June 15, 1992.