The Provident Foundation
1525 East 53rd Street
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Chicago, IL 60615


Paulette Butler-Mitchell

I was born at Provident Hospital on 7-20-1960. I am very proud to be a Provident baby, I continue to spread the history of Provident Hospital. I love your website and would like to be informed of any upcoming events.

Friday, 25 January 2013 23:36
Vince Price


Friday, 21 September 2012 23:35
John Hawkins

Born march 7 1953 @ Provident

Thursday, 21 June 2012 23:34
Debra Mitchell

Thank you for all the beautiful histories of Idlewild, MI. My grandparents, father and uncles built cottages there on the lake in the early 50 to mid 50's. He was a general contractor/real estate broker/ boat house and dock builder in Idlewild, Baldwin, Lexington, and Reed City, MI My grandparents were Rev. James H. and Evelyn Reeves. My grandfather was a pastor in Ypsilanti, MI where we all lived, as well as Kentucky, Nashville, TN where the family came from. His brother Thomas, wife Anna, and children had a cottage on the other side of the lake close to going out of the Lake Dr area of Idlewild, MI. Sadly to say after my grandparents passed in 1970, 1971, some of my family had the cottage and were not able to do the up-keep, so some one reported that the home needed to be condemned, but really wanted the properties. Some of our family still owns the land, but are yet to rebuild. Hopefully that will happen in the near future to carry-on our grandparents and uncles dreams and visions. My uncle Thomas and Anna Thomas home is still being used by the Thomas family. Anna, husband Robert (Bobby) Nicholson, and brother Thomas (Sonny Boy)Dennis have all passed on. I to may some day purchase land and put a manufactured home on it right on Lake Dr. 



Debra Mitchell 

Tuesday, 05 June 2012 23:33

It is absolutely amazing the things the hospital achieved not to mention Dr. Hale Williams. I was in awe at the things done there, and the author highlighted them in an affectionate light. Brilliance in the making!

Tuesday, 08 November 2011 23:32
Addyson Fultz

I came to this website to read about Dr. Williams, instead i read about a hero. I am 13 years old, but this means so much to me...... though I am not African American, I believe that African Americans should have been treated equal to whites, and Dr. Williams was able to slowly create this hope that one day we will be equal, and now we are. Thank You Dr. Williams.

Thursday, 20 October 2011 23:31
Edward Brown

This website is great for those of us who love Provident Hospital. I worked there during while attending high school, college, and a short time afterwards. The people were wonderful and I learned a lot from them (both patients and staff). I still have some great photos from the late 60's and early 70's at Provident.

Tuesday, 20 September 2011 23:30
Denise Rodgers-Cole

I would just like to say I am a proud employee of Provident Hospital and have been for the past 17yrs and counting I have lived in Chicago all my life on the South Side. Provident Hospital has a rich history in the Afro-American community and much needed services but the powers that be are trying to close the hospital this would not be a wise move in my opinion the community needs this hospital and the services that it provides, so let's all keep Provident in our prayers and hope the powers that be don't win out because the only lost would be to our patients and community.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011 23:28
Naomi Crawford Jackson

I am a very, very proud graduate of Provident Hospital School of Nursing (1962). I am planning to contact as many of my 17 classmates as posible. We will celebrate our 50th year after graduating in 2012. I am very sad our history there is weakened, but thrilled to hear it is not whiped out. I did purchase the "foundation packet" a few years ago and encourage all who want to have a cherished piece of Provident history to do so as well through your gift shop. If my class convienes in Chicago next year, I will encourage my classmates to pay the foundation a visit. Sincerely, Naomi

Tuesday, 25 January 2011 23:27
Shamar Harrison

I was very impressed with all of Mr.Daniel Hale Williams achievements but I was most impressed by the 1st open heart surgery he performed on the man who came in providence back in the late 1800's. This move me in a way to recognize that I can be whatever I want to be as a young African American Man as long as I have goals, determination and a willing spirit to make my achievement. Thank you so much Mr. Williams for your dedication and inspiration on the Afican American Society.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011 23:26
Diana Gamble

I was blessed to view the history of Provident. Our dreams are alike in that my vision is to provide communities with basic care that most take for granted; Health care...Blessed Insurance was established and "Doc on the Block" was formed. Block by block we want to make sure communities are healty. I would love to present your work at one of our block clinics soon!

Thursday, 30 September 2010 23:24
Georgia Burnette

I was an Instructor at the School od Nursing 1962-4. Is there a Nursing Alumni? Of so, please forward name of person in charge. 

thank You 

G. burnette

Thursday, 30 September 2010 23:23
Craig May

My first job in public relations was as the media specialist for PMC in August 1984. Lots of great memories of lots of great people at a realluy great time in my life.

Thursday, 23 September 2010 23:22
Marguerite S

Thank you for keeping the history available for the public. My Aunt Marguerite Demarr was a surgical supervisor during the 1930's . I hope your site will be able to show photos in the future about the staff. Also, Dr. Willard P. Rice who practiced in Chicago, and later married Marguerite will be always linked to Provident Hospital.

Sunday, 05 September 2010 23:21
Andrea P. Roundtree

I am proud to say that I was born in the hallowed halls of the old Provident Hospital (on E. 51st) in 1955. I recently had the opportunity to visit the newest incarnation of this magnificent hospital that is so very rich in history and has done so much for our community. Thank you to all responsible for continuing this fine tradition of community care.

Wednesday, 07 July 2010 23:19
Myrtle G. Phillips

I was the ER and Operating Room charge nurse from about 1945 to 1959. If there are any former co-workers out there, you can contact me on Facebook. I'd love to hear from you.

Wednesday, 07 July 2010 23:18

I was born in Provident Hospital!

Tuesday, 29 June 2010 23:16
Eleanor Darnita Meeks

I am honor to have been born under such a name as Provident Hospital. That word Provident represent great meaning to me. I am trying to find information about my doctor who was responsible for my delevery fourty-eight years ago. I was born May 21, 1961. He was an African Doctor. Can someone help me.

Thursday, 28 January 2010 22:06
Earnest Shinault, Sr.

Thank you for keeping the memory of Dr. Williams alive and strong. I am writing about him for a Black History Month program. I believe Dr. Williams, has been overlooked by history and many African-Americans do not know his story or committement to medicine. I would to see him honored as a Black Heritage stamp honoree.

Monday, 11 January 2010 22:05
Josephine O Johnson

Continue to care about people, Thanks Josie

Tuesday, 24 November 2009 22:04

This Worker Daniel Hale Williams is known 1 of the 1st black doctor/scietist!1:) He was an awsome peron.

Friday, 30 October 2009 22:03
brooklyn zimmerman

we should thank Dr williams for paving the way for hospital all over the nation!!!!!!

Wednesday, 07 October 2009 22:03

I loved this presentation. I was searching the web to find information for my special ed class on black inventors. keep up the glorious works. I remember when I lived in the neighborhood and was a patient there.

Saturday, 03 October 2009 22:01
Frank Mackey

It was a long way for Lillian Medley to go, from Quebec City, where she was born, to Provident Hospital in Chicago circa 1900, to study nursing. She graduated in the fall of 1901. Doors must have been closed to her in her native province. I came across the website while doing a little historical research on the Medley family. Thanks for that.

Thursday, 01 October 2009 22:00
Renee Y Freeman

I am currently doing a paper entitled "My Dream Job" and while looking for the perfect hospital i decided to look for the first black hospital. I thought it was going to be hard but it wasn't. I am so happy that i came across this site. I wish the schools would teach our young brothers and sisters their rightful place in history, to show them that we come from good stock. KINGS AND QUEENS!!!!!!!!

Monday, 07 September 2009 21:59
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