Susan La Flesche Picotte
|Susan La Flesche Picotte|
Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte
June 17, 1865|
|Died||September 18, 1915
|Ethnicity||Omaha, Ponca, Iowa, French and Anglo-American descent|
|Education||Hampton Institute, Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania|
|Known for||The first American Indian woman to become a physician in the United States; founded the Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Memorial Hospital|
Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte (June 17, 1865 – September 18, 1915) was the first American Indian woman to become a physician in the United States. She was Omaha and of Ponca, Iowa, French and Anglo-American descent, she grew up with her parents on the Omaha Reservation. She went to college at the Hampton Institute and, in 1889, got her medical degree at the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMCP) in Philadelphia.
LaFlesche Picotte worked in Nebraska, providing health care to her Omaha people for much of her career. In private practice after 1894, she also had European-American patients. In 1913 she founded a hospital on the Omaha Reservation at Walthill, Nebraska, the first on any reservation to be privately funded. After LaFlesche Picotte died two years later, the hospital was renamed in her honor. Later it was designated as a National Historic Landmark. Today it serves as a museum featuring her work and the history of the Omaha and Ho-Chunk tribes, and also has a center for the care of children.
- The hospital she founded was renamed in her honor after her death, as the Dr. Susan LaFlesche Picotte Memorial Hospital. It has been adapted for use as a museum: it features her work, and the history of the Omaha and Winnebago tribes. Portions of the building are used for the Sacred Child Center, providing support for troubled young people.
- The hospital has been designated a National Historical Landmark by the Department of Interior.
- The Susan LaFlesche Picotte House in Walthill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
- Her papers are included with the LaFlesche Family Papers at the Nebraska State Historical Society.
- An elementary school in Omaha, Nebraska is named after Picotte.
- "Picotte Memorial Hospital". National Park Service. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
- "Sacred Child Project". Omaha Nation Community Response Team. Retrieved 2011-08-20.
- "Susan La Flesche Picotte Memorial Hospital". Nebraska State Historical Society.. Retrieved 2010-07-11.
- Hendee, David. "Picotte home makes historic registry", Omaha World-Herald, 2010-01-31, Retrieved 2010-07-11
- "Picotte Elementary". Omaha Public Schools. Retrieved 2012-05-20. The website does not give the school's namesake explicitly; but note the name "Susan L. Picotte School" in the photo of the building.
- "Susan La Flesche Picotte, First Native American Woman Medical Doctor", Nebraska Studies
- LaFlesche Family Papers, Nebraska State Historical Society
- "Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte", Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America's Women Physicians, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
- Biography at National Library of Medicine