Historic African American Hospital in Danger of Shutting Down

BlackBlueDog.com Staff

One of the country’s remaining historically African-American hospitals may soon see an end, due to a lack of funding.

Riverside General Hospital in Houston, Texas has been in operation since 1918.  It still serves the Harris community and employs more than 300 people.  But due to financial problems, the hospital may be forced to close.

In an effort to raise funds to keep the hospital in operation, organizers are co-hosting a community Health Fair this weekend. Donations are being accepted at the the hospital’s website at www.riversidegeneralhospital.org.

Riverside General Hospital was established in 1918 as Union General Hospital. In 1926 a new facility was built. The new hospital was named the Houston Negro Hospital. The Houston Negro Hospital was renamed Riverside General Hospital when an extension to the original building was completed in 1961.

Riverside General Hospital is a non-profit, acute care facility that provides inpatient and outpatient care to the citizens of Harris and neighboring counties. The hospital provides medical and rehabilitative care for its patients, currently owning and operating four major healthcare and substance abuse treatment facilities, including a major facility in the medical center.

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