Provident Hospital (Chicago)

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Provident Hospital of Cook County
Provident Hospital of Cook County.jpg
Location550 E. 51st Street
Chicago, Illinois, USA
FundingPublic hospital
Hospital typeCommunity, Teaching
Affiliated universityLoyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine[1] and Midwestern University
NetworkCook County Hospital System
Founded1891 as Provident Hospital and Training School
Reopened in 1993 as Provident Hospital of Cook County

Provident Hospital,[2] now a public hospital, was the first African-American owned and operated hospital in America.[3] Provident was established in Chicago in 1891 by Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, an African-American surgeon during the time in American history where few public or private medical facilities were open to black Americans. It was founded to provide health care and medical training. Its initial officers were president John M. Brown, vice president Richard Mason Hancock, treasurer John T. Jenifer, secretary Louis H. Reynolds, and auditor Lloyd D. Wheeler[4] Though the historic Provident Hospital was forced to close in 1987 due to financial difficulties, it reopened in 1998 as part of Cook County Hospital System.[5] to provide services to residents of Chicago's South Side. It is now known as Provident Hospital of Cook County.[6] Alton Abraham, the social entrepreneur associated with Sun Ra, worked here.


  1. ^ Archived 2008-09-05 at the Wayback Machine Affiliation with Loyola
  2. ^ The Provident Foundation Archived 2008-12-26 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ National LIbrary of Medicine. "History: Early medical education".
  4. ^ In Lightest Africa, Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Illinois) July 31, 1892, page 33, accessed October 6, 2016 at
  5. ^ Cook County Bureau of Health Services Archived 2007-06-16 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Provident Hospital of Cook County Archived 2008-09-05 at the Wayback Machine It is currently being considered for closure by the Cook County Board of Health.

Coordinates: 41°48′09″N 87°36′49″W / 41.802566°N 87.613499°W / 41.802566; -87.613499