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Making a Place for OurselvesThe Black Hospital Movement, 1920–1945$
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Vanessa Northington Gamble

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780195078893

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195078893.001.0001

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“Progressive Disappointment and Defeat”: The Provident Hospital Project

“Progressive Disappointment and Defeat”: The Provident Hospital Project

(p.131) Five “Progressive Disappointment and Defeat”: The Provident Hospital Project
Making a Place for Ourselves

Vanessa Northington Gamble

Oxford University Press

The Provident Hospital in Chicago was among the first black-controlled hospitals established. This chapter provides a novel approach to the study of the black hospital movement in Chicago. Specifically, it explores the partnership of a black hospital, Provident Hospital, with a white university, the University of Chicago. This affiliation aimed to promote Provident Hospital to become the foremost center of black medical education in the United States and set a new standard in black hospital care. However, despite financial and biracial support, the project showed signs of instability even from its inception. The analysis of this project in this chapter illuminates the often conflicting ideas that black physicians, white foundations, and the black public held with regard to the role of black hospitals. It also demonstrates once again that black hospitals could not be divorced from contemporary racial politics and realities.

Keywords:   Provident Hospital, Chicago, black-controlled hospitals, University of Chicago, black medical education, black hospitals

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